What to do with all these Asia Miles?

There’s so many Asia Miles flying around Hong Kong these days. Whether it’s from flying, credit cards, hotel stays, etc; you want to figure out the best way to use them. Here’s a guide to help you use your miles in the most valuable manner.

In general Asia Miles, and airline miles in general are going to be most useful for airline ticket redemptions.

I don’t post much about Asia Miles since the program hasn’t changed in years. While the elite status program Marco Polo has, and probably led to Cathay’s woes, the redemption for Asia Miles is same as it was years ago. Only difference now is that there’s way more Asia Miles floating around from credit card bonuses and spend.

The most obvious redemption will be on Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon. The chart is below and the sweet spot, I feel, as always is the short-haul trips.

Long haul trips are so cheap these days, you’re probably better off redeeming a few short-haul trips instead, assuming you’re going economy.

Short-haul economy

Of course for short haul, only economy is necessary and you can visit an article I wrote years ago but still relevant about redeem Asia miles on short-haul trips.

Keep in mind you don’t need to fly only on Cathay Pacific. You’re welcome to apply this chart to any of the partner airlines, except that the routing must be the same airline, or if mixed CX or KA must be included, as noted in the photo.

Asia Miles partners

EI = Aer LingusJL = Japan Airlines
AC = Air Canada9W = Jet Airways
CA = Air ChinaLA = LAN
NZ = Air New ZealandLH = Lufthansa
AS = Alaska AirlinesMH = Malaysia Airlines
AA = American AirlinesQF = Qantas Airways
OS = Austrian AirlinesQR = Qatar Airways
PG = Bangkok AirwaysRJ = Royal Jordanian Airlines
BA = British AirwaysS7 = S7 Airlines
KA = Cathay DragonLX = SWISS International Air Lines
CX = Cathay Pacific AirwaysUL = SriLankan Airlines
AY = FinnairJJ = TAM
GF = Gulf AirZH = Shenzhen Airlines
IB = Iberia

This opens up a lot of nice short-haul redemptions in Asia and Europe. AA in the United States would be a good option too, their only US partner.

Business long-haul (or premium economy.) 

If you’re one of those people who like to save their miles for business class, it’s definitely worth it to save up the hundreds of thousands of miles for a long-haul business class redemption to Australia, Europe, Africa, or North America.

HKG to West Coast US is not bad at 120,000 miles round trip. Personally I would redeem Premium Economy at 72,000 miles instead, and then get another 3 short-haul economy trips, but to each their own.

This redemption is valuable based on the selling price. If a ticket is $20,000 HK, then you’re miles are worth .16 HKD, vs .083 HKD with an economy redemption based on a $5,000HK ticket. Depends on your priority, flight comfort/amenities, versus number of trips.

Other redemptions

If you don’t plan on flying much, you’re welcome to redeem your Asia Miles for hotels or car rentals for example. You can use their tool to search for hotels and it’ll spit out the Asia Miles price.

The value most certainly be worth less than redeeming flights, but an option nonetheless.

Overall best option is short-haul economy or long-haul business for your biggest bang!

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