Although Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles loyalty program has recently announced a significant devaluation, members have been given ample notice.
The following changes will apply to reservations made on or after October 1 for Hong Kong-bound flights from the West Coast of the United States:
Economy: 27,000 miles (a 3,000-mile decrease) Premium economy: Business class: 50,000 miles (an increase of 5,000 miles). First class: 85,000 miles (an increase of 14,000 miles). Prices for one-way flights between the East Coast of the United States and Hong Kong’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago will increase by 15,000 miles, or 125,000 miles, each way:
Economy: 38,000 miles (a 4,000-mile decrease) Premium economy: Business class: 75,000 miles—an increase of 15,000 miles. 110,000 miles (an increment of 35,000 miles)
Top of the line: 160,000 miles (an increment of 35,000 miles)
It is a veritable improvement that economy-class reclamation rates are contracting marginally, and from the West Coast, the increments to premium-lodge rates are gentle. However, if you intend to fly Cathay Pacific’s business- or first-class products with Asia Miles from the East Coast, the devaluation is severe.
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Miami International Airport (MIA) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR): 35,000 miles in economy (an increase of 5,000 miles) or 85,000 miles in first class (an increase of 5,000 miles) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT): 45,000 miles in economy (an increase of 10,000 miles), 80,000 miles in business class (an increase of 10,000 miles), or 110,000 miles in first class (an increase of 15,000 miles). 63,000 miles in economy (an increment of 3,000 miles), 100,000 in business class (an increment of 10,000 miles) or 150,000 miles in five star (an increment of 10,000 miles)
Dallas Post Worth Global Air terminal (DFW) to Sydney Air terminal (SYD): 68,000 miles in economy (a 3,000-mile increase), 120,000 miles in business class (a 20,000-mile increase), or 165,000 miles in first class (a 15,000-mile increase) Flights booked prior to October 1 can be confirmed at the current rates and will not be subject to the new pricing, even if the ticket is changed after this date. 7 of the best airline award chart sweet spots