Asia Miles Flight Tickets Redemption Guide 2024

Asia Miles Flight Tickets Redemption Guide 2024

Asia Miles shouldn’t be a strange word to those who have been saving miles for free flight tickets! But some might not know that many mileage programmes, including the Asia Miles programme, Avios from British Airways, ANA from All Nippon Airways, KrisFlyer from Singapore Airlines, and more, allow you to collect miles for redeeming flight tickets.

Also note that different mileage programmes have different mileage requirements for various destinations. So, how to make the most of your miles for flight ticket redemption? MoneySmart has compiled an Asia Miles redemption tutorial to help you understand everything in the following blog post!

Table of contents: Asia Miles Redemption Guide

Asia Miles Redemption Guide: Earn Asia Miles through credit card spending!

To get started, let’s talk about how you can earn miles. One option is to use your credit card for spending. In Hong Kong, there are several credit cards that allow you to convert your points into Asia Miles at no cost. This means you can easily rack up Asia Miles while enjoying meals or shopping with your credit card.

Combined with occasional welcome offer promotions, it’s actually quite easy to accumulate enough miles for flight ticket redemption. Sometimes, you may only need to pay an additional few hundred to a thousand dollars for fuel surcharges and airport taxes, and you’ll be able to redeem a round-trip ticket for free.

Asia Miles credit card strategy: Earn more miles from welcome offers and promotions

Looking to earn more miles for flight ticket redemption with your everyday spending? You might want to consider applying for or using the credit cards listed below to take advantage of the welcome offer with Asia Miles.

Air Mile Credit Card Local Spending Overseas Spending Annual Income Mileage Programme Extra Perks
Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard HK$6/mile HK$4/mile HK$96,000 Asia Miles HK$4/mile on dining and online shopping; HK$2/mile on Cathay Pacific and HK Express
DBS Black World Mastercard HK$6/mile HK$4/mile HK$240,000 Asia Miles, British Airways, KrisFlyer, PhoenixMiles Exchange DBS$ for air tickets and hotel accommodations on iGo Rewards. Also entitled to a wide range of travel offers on popular websites such as Agoda and Klook.
HSBC EveryMile Credit Card HK$2/mile HK$2/mile HK$240,000 Asia Miles, Avios, Flyingblue, KrisFlyer, and more. 6 complimentary visits to the Plaza Premium Airport Lounge or free meals at selected airport dining outlets in Hong Kong and overseas each year
American Express Platinum Credit Card HK$5/mile HK$5/mile HK$300,000 Asia Miles, Avios, SkyMiles, 1 Skywards Mile, Etihad Guest Mile, KrisFlyer, and more. 50% savings for dinner or takeaway orders at designated restaurants, and the Limited Time buy-1-get-1-free offer at agnes B café.
Citi Prestige Card HK$6/mile HK$4/mile HK$600,000 Asia Miles, Krisflyer, and Avios Free access to lounges worldwide, plus complimentary travel insurance

Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard: The most popular Asia Miles credit card

Standard Chartered logo
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Miles Conversion(Eligible spending on Cathay and HK Express)
HK$2=1 mile
Miles Conversion (Eligible spending on dining, online and overseas category)
HK$4 = 1 mile
Bank Welcome Offer
65,000 miles
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【Limited time offer on 5,000 extra miles】From 26 April to 30 June 2024, Standard Chartered is giving away an extra 5,000 miles to new credit card holders!
【🎊10,000,000 miles Welcome Giveaway】From 21 March to 30 May 2024, new Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard cardholders will have a chance to share the 10,000,000 miles together. Over 10,000 quotas available with the chance to win up to 50,000 miles each. (Click here for Terms and Conditions)



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Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard is one of the most popular Asia Miles credit cards. You earn HK$2/mile for Cathay Pacific and HK Express transactions and HK$4/mile for dining, online, and overseas transactions. The card automatically deposits your miles into your Asia Miles account every month, with no mileage conversion fee.

Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard welcome offers:

  • Spend HK$1,000+ within the first 2 months of approval: 5,000 miles
  • Spend HK$5,000+ within the first 2 months of approval: 15,000 miles
  • Spend HK$40,000+ within the first 2 months of approval: 40,000 miles
  • Spend HK$100,000+ within the first 2 months of approval: 60,000 miles

DBS Black World Mastercard: Special offer for hotel discount

DBS logo
MoneySmart Exclusive
Redeem various mileage points without any fee
Welcome Offer
Up to 42,000 miles
Upon meeting local and overseas spending goal*
HK$3/mile
Miles Conversion (overseas spend)
HK$4/mile
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DBS Black World Mastercard is perfect for air miles collectors. Earn 3X points for overseas transactions with no conversion fee. Redeem your points as Asia Miles, Avios, KrisFlyer, and PhoenixMiles hassle-free. Points never expire. Access travel offers on popular websites like Agoda and Klook. Exchange DBS$ for air tickets and hotel accommodations on iGo Rewards.

Special welcome offer of 80,000 miles

New customers applying for a DBS Black World Mastercard by October 2, 2023, are in luck! Make transactions for the first 2 months, register for a DBS Card+ account, and confirm your new physical card within the first month to enjoy a waived first-year annual fee, up to 80,000 miles, and/or a $50 “InstaRedeem” amount. Don’t miss out on this offer!

Breakdown of the 80,000-mile welcome offer:

Spending Type Conditions Welcome Mileage
Local Spending Spending reaching HK$8,000 8,000 miles
  Spending reaching HK$20,000 12,000 miles
Spending reaching HK$80,000 40,000 miles
 Total Accumulated Mileage Reward: 40,000 miles
Flexi Shopping Installment Plan New customers who apply for any 12-month or more Flexi Shopping installment plan (no limit on the amount) within 2 months after the new card is issued 2,000 miles
Total Accumulated Mileage Reward:   42,000 miles

Wanna learn more about the Asia Miles Card? Check out the blog “Best Asia Miles Credit Cards in Hong Kong” for more details!

Asia Miles redemption guide: Asia Miles Flight Standard Award Chart

Asia Miles, the frequent flyer programme under Cathay Pacific Airways, has recently updated its flight reward conversion table, which will take effect on October 1, 2023! The mileage required for one-way long-haul flights has decreased, including destinations in North America, Australia, and Europe. However, the mileage required for economy-class flights to popular travel destinations in Japan has increased by 2,500 miles to 12,500 miles. Plus, the required mileage for most short-haul flights in premium economy class or above has increased.

Here you can find the Asia Miles Flight Standard Award Chart:

Flight Distance Zone (Hong Kong as Origin or Destination) Distance Destination Example
Ultra-Short 1-750 miles Hanoi, Manila, Taipei, Xiamen
Short-Type 1 751-2,750 miles Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore
Short-Type 2 751-2,750 miles Jakarta, Mumbai, Tokyo (All other destinations in Japan)
Medium 2,751-5,000 miles Dubai, Sydney, Tel Aviv
Long 5,000-7,500 miles London, Paris, San Francisco, Vancouver
Ultra-Long 7,501+ miles Chicago, New York, Toronto

You can learn more details, such as the miles required to redeem air tickets for different distances, from the blog post “Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Revamps Mileage Redemption.

Asia Miles redemption guide: How to redeem Cathay Pacific flight tickets with Asia Miles?

Redeeming flight tickets with Asia Miles is a breeze! Simply head over to the ‘Redeem Flight Awards‘ page. However, please keep in mind that the number of award seats available for redemption with Asia Miles is limited, and once they have been redeemed, they will no longer be available!

Steps to redeem flight tickets: individual flight ticket

To redeem your Asia Miles rewards, log in to Cathay Pacific and follow these steps:

  1. Click on “Flight.”
  2. Select “Redeem flights” on the flight search function.
  3. Enter your destination, cabin class, and dates.
  4. Proceed with the redemption and payment.

Which airlines could you redeem flight tickets from?

You can redeem flight tickets from Cathay Pacific’s partner airlines, such as:

  • Air China
  • Alaska Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

If you want to explore more options with other airline partners, simply fill out the ‘Flight award request form‘ and contact the customer care team, who will guide you through the ticket redemption process.

Asia Miles redemption tricks: Miles Plus Cash

If you don’t have enough miles for redemption, You can purchase flight tickets by combining cash and miles!

Starting on March 30, 2021, if you don’t have enough miles to fully redeem your desired flight ticket, you can now use the “Miles Plus Cash” payment method on the Cathay Pacific Airways website to purchase the ticket! 

Tickets booked through “Miles Plus Cash” will earn miles based on the refundable fare rules. And if you pay with an Asia Miles co-branded credit card or Cathay Pacific Airways’ co-branded credit card, you’ll also earn miles on the cash portion of your purchase. (For example, you can earn miles at the rate of HK$2/mile for your spending on Cathay Pacific!)

How to buy flight tickets through “Miles Plus Cash”?

To book a flight with Cathay Pacific Airways, log in to their official website, select your preferred flight, choose “Miles Plus Cash” as the payment method, and pay the remaining balance in cash. You will then receive the confirmed ticket right away.

Asia Miles redemption tricks: How to extend Asia Miles validity

Asia Miles has 2 expiration policies:

  1. Old miles earned before December 31, 2019, have a validity period of 3 years.
  2. New miles earned on or after January 1, 2020, have no expiration date. You just need to earn or redeem miles once every 18 months to extend the validity of all your miles.

When you sign in to your Asia Miles account, you can check if you have old or new miles. New miles don’t expire if you earn a few miles within 18 months, preventing your Asia Miles from expiring.

Frequently asked questions: Asia Miles Redemption Guide 2024

How can I earn Asia Miles through credit card spending?

A: Many credit cards in Hong Kong allow you to convert their points to Asia Miles for free. By using these credit cards for your daily spending, such as dining out or shopping, you can accumulate Asia Miles effortlessly.

What are some popular Asia Miles credit cards?

A: Some popular Asia Miles credit cards in Hong Kong include the Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard, DBS Black World Mastercard, HSBC Everymile Credit Card, American Express Platinum Credit Card, and Citi Prestige Card. These cards offer various perks and benefits, including earning miles for different spending categories and access to airport lounges.

How can I redeem flight tickets using Asia Miles?

A: To redeem your Asia Miles for flight tickets, you can log in to the Asia Miles website and follow the steps provided. You can search for available flights, choose your desired destination, cabin class, and travel dates, and proceed with the redemption and payment process.

Can I combine cash and miles for flight ticket purchases?

A: Yes, Cathay Pacific Airways offers the “Miles Plus Cash” payment method, which allows you to purchase flight tickets by combining cash and miles. This option is available for tickets booked through their website and allows you to earn miles on the cash portion of your payment as well.

How can I extend the validity of my Asia Miles?

A: Asia Miles earned before December 31, 2019, have a validity period of 3 years. However, new miles earned on or after January 1, 2020, have no expiration date. To extend the validity of all your miles, you simply need to earn or redeem miles at least once every 18 months.

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