Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles)

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Comparing Canada, Hong Kong and USA Cathay Pacific Credit Cards

Thank you Bob for today’s post idea suggestion. Note that I am always open to suggestions on credit card comparison posts as I have a lot of fun writing them, especially when I am comparing cards from different countries.

Cathay Pacific has a long list of co-branded credit card, but I selected 4 from the entire pack to compare. As we are a Canadian-centric blog, I started with the Canadian version. I generally like to compared to the United States, seeing as we are such close neighbours and they offer the most competitive cards in the world, which I like to see how Canada matches up against the best. Lastly, I think that it is most fitting to compared with the Hong Kong co-branded cards, as Cathay Pacific is based out of ther

Rundown of Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) for Canadians (updated January 10, 2017)

With the new Bill-47 law changes in the province of Ontario, it seems that Asia Miles will probably be affected by this change. As a result, I think that this post is due for an update.

Cathay Pacific has two loyalty programs: The Marco Polo Club (The Club), the loyalty program, and Asia Miles, the travel reward program. This post is focused on the Asia Miles program.


Earn 30,000 Asia Miles with the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum Visa

There is a current 30,000 Asia Miles sign up bonus promotions with the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum Visa. Note that the regular RBC website does not have this offer. The only advertise the 15,000 bonus offer instead. There is also a slight change in the features of the credit card which we will point out in this post.

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Converting Esso Extra to Airline Miles

You probably see a lot of advertisement about the Esso Extra program. Lots of hype goes into the Esso Privileges card. However, there is actually a pretty net way of converting your Esso Extra points into airline miles and get more value. It requires a 2 step process though.

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Canadian Fifth Freedom Flights

“Fifth freedom” flights are actually a very interested concept. It is the right for an airline to fly between 2 foreign countries on a flight originating or ending in one’s own country. For example, Air China is an airline that originates from China. However, there is a route that flies between Montreal and Havana. All it is really doing is that it flies from Havana to Beijing, but it makes a stop in Montreal.

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[AIRLINE] Expiration Policies (updated on February 20, 2016)

I think that we are due for an update for airline expiration policies, as a few of them have changed recently. I have only listed frequent flyer programs that have a direct way of earning miles with them in Canada. You can always keep these accounts active with co-share or alliance member partners.

Rundown of Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) for Canadians (updated December 24, 2015)

Cathay Pacific has probably flown a little under the radar in Canada, but there are some interesting opportunities to be had if you dig a little closer. First of all, it is important to note that Cathay Pacific has two loyalty programs: The Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles. Members of Marco Polo Club are automatically enrolled as Asia Miles members. For the purposes of this post, we will be focusing on Asia Miles.