[ANALYSIS] Earning Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)

Asia Miles expire 36 months after the day it was deposited into your account. Don’t wait too long to redeem your points and take advantage of all the different options to help you top up your account.

Because of the quick expiry policy, I am putting together a few quick ways to earn Asia Miles to top up your account to redeem for a reward.

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  • Earn a 10,000 sign up bonus with the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum. You will also earn 1 point for every $2 spent on Cathay Pacific plane tickets purchases on their website and 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases , (though this card comes with a $150 annual fee).


  • Convert increments of 10,000 Petro-Points for 1,000 Asia Miles
  • Convert a minimum of 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points for 750 Asia Miles, and increments of 100 thereafter
  • Convert a minimum of 10,000 RBC Rewards points into 10,000 Asia Miles
  • Convert a minimum of 2,500 Starwood Preferred Guest points for 2,500 Asia Miles (Gold members have a minimum transfer requirement of 1,500 Starpoints), also keep in mind that for every 20,000 Starpoints that you convert, you get a bonus 5,000 Asia Miles.

Cathay Pacific is a Oneworld member, so these points can come in handy. However, I prefer to earn British Airways Executive Club Avios points or American Airlines AAdvantage points instead to redeem on Oneworld alliance rewards flights, because they have simpler expiry policies. Avios points do not expire so long as there is an activity once every 36 months, which AAdvantage points do not expire so long as their is an activity once every 18 months. The expiry policy is my deal breaker for Asia Miles.

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