Asia Miles vs British Airways Avios and American AAdvantage

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that generally speaking, I don’t particularly care for the Asia Miles program. Here’s a few reasons why you should try to accrue miles on other oneworld partners. Basically in every scenario you can think of, Asia Miles will be more expensive than if you chose Avios or AAdvantage. I try to keep miles in both programs and use the one which charges less for the itinerary I am planning on booking.

Also, keep in mind that when flying Cathay Pacific or Dragonair, not all of the fare classes will accrue miles on Asia Miles or other programs. You’ll need to check the chart with each airline to make sure you’ll get flight credit.

Asia Miles vs British Airways

As with BA, Asia Miles uses a distance based award chart, but the redemption costs for Asia Miles is MUCH higher than that of BA. Let me show you some examples.

  • Hong Kong HKG to Taipei TPE Economy Class roundtrip:
    15,000 Asia Miles vs 9,000 BA Avios = 6K savings
  • Hong Kong HKG to Tokyo NRT Business roundtrip:
    50,000 Asia Miles vs 40,000 BA Avios = 10K savings
  • Hong Kong HKG to New York JFK Economy roundtrip:
    90,000 Asia Miles vs 70,000 BA Avios = 20K savings

Additionally, one way awards using BA Avios are exactly half of roundtrip, which using Asia Miles it’s usually around 2/3 of the roundtrip price.

The main drawback with the BA program is that the award costs are calculated by leg, not by total distance like in the Asia Miles program. So if your itinerary includes many short legs, it may not be best to use BA miles since you’ll be charged for each leg.

BA Award Chart Distance

Asia Miles Award Zone
S
A
B
C
D
E
F
Distance in actual miles
0 – 600
601 – 1,200
1,201 – 2,500
2,501 – 5,000
5001 – 7,500
7,501 – 10,000
10,001*
Awards typeAsia Miles required to claim award
Standard Awards
One-way Economy Class
10,000
15,000
20,000
25,000
40,000
55,000
70,000
Economy Class
15,000
20,000
30,000
45,000
60,000
90,000
110,000
One-way Premium Economy Class
12,000
18,000
24,000
30,000
48,000
66,000
84,000
Premium Economy Class
18,000
24,000
36,000
54,000
72,000
108,000
132,000
One-way Business Class
20,000
25,000
30,000
45,000
70,000
85,000
110,000
Business Class
30,000
40,000
50,000
80,000
120,000
145,000
175,000
One-way First Class
25,000
30,000
40,000
70,000
105,000
130,000
160,000
First Class
40,000
55,000
70,000
120,000
180,000
220,000
260,000

Asia Miles vs American Airlines AAdvantage

AAdvantage miles are very easy to accrue, basically any paid fare class will let you accrue miles.

If you fly to North America a lot, and willing to go through Japan, AAdvantage has some great off-peak travel rewards:

  • Los Angeles LAX or New York JFK to Tokyo NRT in Economy roundtrip:
    60,000 Asia Miles vs 50,000 AAdvantage Miles (off-peak) = 10K Savings
  • Hong Kong HKG to Seoul ICN in Economy roundtrip:
    30,000 Asia Miles vs 25,000 AAdvantage Miles = 5K savings
  • Hong Kong HKG to San Francisco SFO to New York JFK to Hong Kong HKG in Economy:
    90,000 Asia Miles vs 70,000 AAvantage Miles (includes free stopover) = 20K savings

I also like the AA program because you can make date changes for free. Asia Miles now charges $25 USD, yuck.

AAdvantage Oneworld Partner Chart

AAdvantage Award Redemption

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