Want to fly Qantas to destinations like Los Angeles, Dubai, Santiago or Johannesburg in Premium Economy? Book for HALF the number of points via the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles program!

After some inspiration on ways to redeem your frequent flyer points? In our weekly Points Inspiration segment, we highlight an excellent frequent flyer redemption opportunity so you can convert those hard-earned points into a memorable travel experience.

Update (29 May 2018): Cathay Pacific will increase the cost of award flights on many routes from 22 June 2018. Qantas Premium Economy awards that previously cost 72,000 Asia Miles round-trip will increase to 100,000 Asia Miles round-trip.

The Opportunity

Qantas offers Premium Economy on all long-haul flights operated by Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft. Qantas’ Premium Economy seats offer significantly more space and comfort than regular Economy class, and the on-board service is not far off Business class. So, if you’re looking for a little extra comfort when flying long-haul, Premium Economy is an ideal product.

Qantas Frequent Flyer points can be redeemed to fly Premium Economy on Qantas. But if you happen to have Cathay Pacific Asia Miles – or a credit card that you can use to transfer points to Asia Miles – you’ll get much better value. In fact, Cathay Pacific charges just half the number of points, compared to Qantas, for Premium Economy redemptions on many long-haul routes!

Most Australian credit card reward programs offer the option to transfer your points to Asia Miles. These include Amex Membership Rewards, ANZ Rewards, NAB Rewards, Westpac Altitude, HSBC Rewards Plus and Diners Club.

Premium Economy redemptions are a particular “sweet spot” in the Asia Miles program – especially on routes of up to 7,500 miles. On these routes, a Premium Economy ticket will set you back just 72,000 Asia Miles return. By comparison, Qantas charges 72,000 Qantas points one-way for a Premium Economy ticket (and even more for partner airline redemptions).

Round-trip Premium Economy awards can be booked for just 72,000 Asia Miles on the following Qantas routes:

  • Sydney-Los Angeles
  • Brisbane-Los Angeles
  • Sydney-San Francisco
  • Sydney-Johannesburg
  • Sydney-Dubai
  • Melbourne-Dubai
  • Sydney-Santiago

On Qantas’ Sydney-Tokyo, Sydney-Hong Kong and Melbourne-Hong Kong flights, Premium Economy awards can be booked for just 54,000 Asia Miles return. By comparison, Qantas charges a higher number of points for reward bookings in Economy.

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The Facts

  • Currency: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • Airline: Qantas
  • Routes: Various including Sydney-Santiago and Brisbane-Los Angeles
  • Class of travel: Premium Economy
  • Cost: 72,000 Asia Miles + $680 taxes (Sydney-Santiago return)
  • Availability: Varies. Availability may be limited on flights to Los Angeles and Dubai, as well as during peak travel periods.
  • How to book: Simply book on the Asia Miles website.

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Would you like help using your frequent flyer points?

Frequent Flyer Solutions offers a personalised service that’s designed to take the hard work out of redeeming your frequent flyer points!

Award Flight Assist can help you to find the perfect flights using your points. Just let the team know how many points you have and where you would like to go, and they’ll prepare an itinerary for you.

Find out more about the Award Flight Assist service.

Not sure yet where you’d like to go with your points? Stay tuned for more Points Inspiration articles!

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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.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]