Devaluation: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles to Increase Award Rates on most Routes

As shared by Ansley from Suitesmile Chat earlier today, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is devaluing its award charts in a few months’ time.

Key points to note

  • Asia Miles is increasing award rates on most routes, decreasing on others
  • Changes will take effect on bookings made from 1 October 2023 (12 weeks’ notice)
  • You can still make bookings before 1 October 2023 to lock in the current award rates, even for travel after this date
  • Fuel surcharges will still be applicable to award bookings (no change)
  • Asia Miles still do not expire, as long as there is at least 1 account activity every 18 months
  • Old award charts
  • New award charts
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Award chart changes

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles can be redeemed for flights on Cathay Pacific and its oneworld partners like Japan Airlines, Finnair and Qantas.

The frequent flyer program adopts distance-based award charts.

Flights on Cathay Pacific

Redeeming Asia Miles for flights on Cathay Pacific? Here’s how the award rates will change from 1 October 2023:

Distance
(in miles)
EconomyPremium
Economy
BusinessFirst
1 – 7507.5k11k16k
751 – 2,750
(type 1*)
10k18k
20k
25k
28k
40k
43k
751 – 2,750
(type 2**)
10k
12.5k
18k
23k
25k
32k
40k
50k
2,751 – 5,00022k
20k
30k
38k
45k
58k
70k
90k
5,001 – 7,50030k
27k
40k – 45k
50k
65k – 70k
84k
100k – 110k
125k
7,501+42k
38k
60k
75k
85k
110k
125k
160k

*Type 1: Includes cities such as Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore.
**Type 2: Includes all cities in Japan, Indonesia, India and Nepal.

Redeem Asia Miles for Cathay Pacific Business Class

Flights on partner airlines

In an email to members earlier today, the frequent flyer program mentioned that the amount of miles required for flights on partner airlines will be affected too. However, they have not (yet) shared the new mileage requirements for those redemptions.

Redeem Asia Miles for a one-way flight to/from Europe in Finnair Business Class

How badly are Sweet Spots affected?

Asia Miles are currently great for the following award redemptions to/from Singapore:

RegionAirlineClassMiles
Hong
Kong
Economy10k
Business25k
Milan,
Zurich,
Frankfurt
Economy30k
Business65k
EuropeEconomy35k
Business70k
PerthEconomy15k
Business30k
Sydney,
Melbourne,
Brisbane
Economy27k
Business61k

We now know the number of miles required for award bookings on Cathay Pacific. Members will soon have to fork out an additional 3k miles for flights to Hong Kong in Business Class, while the amount of miles required for Economy Class remains the same.

For flights to certain European cities (e.g. Milan, Frankfurt and Rome), it will cost 3k fewer miles in Economy and 19k more miles in Business Class.

The big question mark, unfortunately, still remains for the sweet spots on Finnair and Qantas, which do not come with fuel surcharges. Personally, I’d be happy with a 20+% devaluation for those routes.

RelatedCheapest ways to fly between Singapore and North Asia using Miles/Points from Singapore cards

Bottom line

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is making changes (mostly bad) to its award charts from 1 October 2023, about 5 years since its last devaluation.

I feel that is pretty generous to allow 12 weeks for members to plan and try to redeem their miles with the current award charts. Let’s wait and see how bad the partner award rates will be. Finger crossed!

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