Last week we showed you the best credit cards for earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles in Australia. This week we turn our attention to the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles program.
Asia Miles is the popular frequent flyer program of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific. Asia Miles can be redeemed for flights and upgrades on Cathay Pacific, as well as flights on any Oneworld partner airline. One particularly great feature of the Asia Miles program is the Oneworld multi-carrier award, which can be used to fly around the world.
There are no co-branded Asia Miles credit cards in Australia. But it is possible to transfer points from many Australian credit card rewards programs to Asia Miles. So, there are plenty of credit cards in Australia that will allow you to earn Asia Miles on everyday expenses.
The following Australian credit card rewards programs partner with Asia Miles:
- Amex Membership Rewards
- Diners Club Rewards
- ANZ Rewards
- NAB Rewards
- Westpac Altitude
- CommBank Awards
- HSBC Rewards Plus
- Citi Rewards (Citi Prestige cardholders only)
To help you compare your options, we’ve compiled a list of the highest-earning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles credit cards in Australia in 2019. For easy comparison, we’ve listed the equivalent Asia Miles earn rate per $1 spent after the points have been transferred from a credit card rewards program to Asia Miles. Note that American Express earn rates will change after 15 April 2019.
Here are Australia’s highest-earning Asia Miles credit cards:
|Card||Loyalty program||Annual fee||Asia Miles per $1|
|Amex Explorer||Amex MR Gateway||$395||1.5 (1 from 15/4/19)|
|Amex Platinum Edge||Amex MR Ascent||$195||1 (0.5 from 15/4/19)*|
|Diners Club (in World MasterCard combo)||Diners Club Rewards||$299||1|
|Westpac Altitude Black Amex (with MasterCard bundle)||Altitude||$449||1|
|Amex Platinum||Amex MR Ascent Premium||$1,450||1 (1.125 from 15/4/19)|
|Amex Essential||Amex MR Gateway||$0||0.75 (0.625 from 15/4/19)|
|Westpac Altitude Platinum Amex (with MasterCard bundle)||Altitude||$199||0.67|
|Diners Club||Diners Club Rewards||$212||0.67|
|ANZ Rewards Black||ANZ Rewards||$375||0.67**|
*From 15 April, the Amex Platinum Edge card will continue to award triple points for spend at supermarkets and petrol stations, making it possible to earn up to 1.5 KrisFlyer miles per $1 spent.
**The ANZ Rewards Black card awards points at the full rate only for the first $5,000 spent each month.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended as financial advice. Consider your personal circumstances before applying for any type of credit.