Australia’s Best-Earning Asia Miles Credit Cards in 2020

Australia's Best-Earning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Credit Cards
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000. Photo: Cathay Pacific.

When earning points with an Australian credit card, Qantas Frequent Flyer is not your only option! Many Australian credit card rewards programs offer the ability to transfer points to a range of frequent flyer programs – including Asia Miles.

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 (including Qantas).

One particularly great feature of the Asia Miles program is Cathay’s Oneworld multi-carrier award, which could be used to fly around the world. And when redeeming Asia Miles for one-way and return flights, you’re entitled to a free stopover along the way.

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 Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyer program. 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 2020. 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.

Australia’s best credit cards for earning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Card Loyalty program Annual fee Asia Miles per $1
Amex Platinum Amex MR Ascent Premium $1,450 1.125
Diners Club (in World Mastercard combo) Diners Club Rewards $299 1
Amex Explorer Amex MR Gateway $395 1
Westpac Altitude Black Amex Altitude Rewards $449 (with Mastercard bundle) 1
Westpac Altitude Platinum Amex Altitude Rewards $199 (with Mastercard bundle) 0.67
Diners Club Diners Club Rewards $212 0.67
ANZ Rewards Black ANZ Rewards $375 0.67*
Amex Essential Amex MR Gateway $0 0.625

*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.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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