The Cathay Pacific Asia Miles devaluation took effect on Friday, and we now have a better idea of the changes to Asia Miles partner award pricing. As expected, most awards have increased in price. But there are a few exceptions.
As part of the Asia Miles program changes announced last month, all award flights are now priced as one-way. There is no longer a discount for booking round-trip awards.
When the changes were first announced, Asia Miles refused to provide details of the new Oneworld and partner airline award chart. They still haven’t. Instead, they’ve provided an online pricing calculator. This makes it very difficult to compare options, so we’ve done the hard work and created our own award chart. To the best of our knowledge, this accurately reflects the new Asia Miles partner award pricing. All prices are for one-way flights:
By way of comparison, here is the old award chart for bookings made prior to 22 June 2018:
The above award charts apply to Oneworld and partner airline awards, or awards using a combination of Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon and one other partner airline. For awards using two or more Oneworld partner airlines, the Asia Miles Oneworld multi-carrier award pricing applies.
So, how does the new Asia Miles partner award chart compare to the old one? Well, most awards are now either the same price or more expensive. But there are some exceptions. Because the distance zones have changed, some specific redemptions now happen to be cheaper. For example, a one-way Business class award from Sydney to London would now cost 90,000 Asia Miles instead of 110,000 miles. (The cost of a round-trip award increases by 5,000 miles, though.)
Award flights with a distance between 601 and 750 miles, such as Sydney-Adelaide, have also become cheaper. So too have routes between 2,501 and 2,750 miles in length, like Perth-Kuala Lumpur.
There is some more good news. The online award booking engine has had an overhaul and is now much more user-friendly! But you can still only book award travel with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and the following six partner airlines online:
- Qatar Airways
- British Airways
- Alaska Airlines
You’ll need to fill out an online form or call Cathay Pacific to book award travel on any other partner airline.
Meanwhile, some AFF members have noticed a reduction in Cathay Pacific award flights available to frequent flyers with Qantas and other Oneworld airlines over the past few days. While this could just be a coincidence, it could also be a sign of long-term changes that will make it harder to redeem Qantas points for Cathay Pacific flights. Watch this space.
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