How to Book a Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Round-the-World Award

How to Book a Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Round-the-World Award
How to Book a Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Round-the-World Award

You may be aware that you can fly around the world in Business class for 280,000 Qantas points. But did you know that Cathay Pacific offers a virtually identical Asia Miles round-the-world award for just 210,000 miles in Business class? That’s a saving of 70,000 points per passenger!

The Oneworld Multi-Carrier Award offered by Asia Miles is a special type of multi-city award. It allows you to travel up to 50,000 miles on Oneworld airlines, with up to 5 stopovers included.

Many routings are possible with the Asia Miles round-the-world award. In fact, flying around the world is not actually a requirement… though this is the most common use of this redemption and represents excellent value for your Asia Miles! You’ll just need to ensure your itinerary follows these rules:

  • Maximum 5 stopovers (of more than 24 hours)
  • Maximum 2 additional “transits” (of under 24 hours)
  • Up to 8 flights sectors in total
  • Up to 2 “surface segments” are also permitted
  • You may pass through any given airport no more than twice
  • Travel may only be completed on Oneworld airlines, and you must travel on at least 2 Oneworld carriers other than Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon

The following Oneworld Airlines can be used with the Asia Miles round-the-world award:

Oneworld airlines
Oneworld airlines

Oneworld Multi-Carrier Award pricing

The price of Cathay Pacific’s Oneworld Multi-Carrier Award depends on the class of travel and distance flown, excluding surface segments. Taxes & fuel surcharges, which vary depending on the routing and airlines used, are also payable in addition to the miles. Here is the award chart from the Asia Miles website:

Asia Miles Oneworld multi-carrier award chart
Asia Miles Oneworld multi-carrier award chart (from 22 June 2018)


Sample Oneworld Multi-Carrier Award itineraries

Here’s an example of a routing that would cost 115,000 Asia Miles in Economy or just 185,000 Asia Miles in Business class:

Sample itinerary 1
Itinerary 1: Round-the-world trip originating in Brisbane with stopovers in Tokyo, Moscow, London, New York & Los Angeles (23,776 miles flown)

This itinerary would cost 130,000 Asia Miles in Economy, 210,000 Asia Miles in Business or 300,000 Asia Miles for First class:

Sample itinerary 2
Itinerary 2: Round-the-world trip originating in Melbourne with stopovers in Hong Kong, Budapest, London, Miami & Rio de Janeiro (29,214 miles flown)

How to book

It is now possible to book Oneworld Multi-Carrier Awards on the Asia Miles website. However, the website only shows award availability on some Oneworld airlines. If your itinerary includes travel on American Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines or S7, or you’re otherwise unable to complete the booking on the Asia Miles website, we recommend calling the airline. The number to call from within Australia is 1800 129 264.

Before calling to book, we recommend that you check for Oneworld award flight availability on the routes you wish to book. You can use the Asia Miles website to check for award seats on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Finnair, British Airways and Iberia. For all other Oneworld airlines, use either the Qantas, Japan Airlines or British Airways websites to search for award availability.

Asia Miles is a transfer partner for several Australian credit cards. If you have Amex, Diners Club, ANZ Rewards, NAB Rewards or Westpac Altitude points, you can transfer points to Asia Miles and book a Oneworld Multi-Carrier Award!

Would you like help with an Asia Miles round-the-world award booking?

If you’d like to book a round-the-world award using Asia Miles but don’t know where to start, the Award Flight Assist service offered by Frequent Flyer Solutions can help!

The Frequent Flyer Solutions team takes the hard work out of redeeming your points. Just let them know how many points you have and where you’d like to go, and they can find the perfect flights for you! You’ll receive an easy-to-read report which includes clear, detailed booking instructions.

If you’re struggling to find suitable award flights, you’d like to maximise the value of your points while minimising taxes, or perhaps you find all of the routing rules confusing, the Award Flight Assist service is perfect for you!

Click here to find out more about Award Flight Assist.


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