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I have written a fair bit about Cathay Pacific Asia Miles over the last couple of months – it’s a programme that offers incredible value if you know how to take advantage (and you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points at a 1:1 rate!).
- Why Cathay Pacific Asia Miles are brilliant
- Europe-Hong Kong-UK in Business Class for 85,000 Miles
- Europe-USA-UK in Business Class for 70,000 Miles
- How to book BA award flights for less than half price (including surcharges!)
- 35 Hours of Qantas Business Class for 90,000 Miles
Historically, one downside of the programme has been that it operated what is known as a ‘hard’ expiry policy. After 3 years, miles would expire – regardless of how many miles you earn or redeem in the intervening period.
Given that you really need at least 70,000-90,000 Asia Miles to enjoy the best value redemptions, this was a policy that many readers found off-putting, because it might be hard to know for sure whether you will collect enough miles, before the oldest miles start expiring.
It is therefore great news that Asia Miles has announced that it is changing its expiry policy from 1st January 2020:
“From 1 January 2020, so long as Asia Miles members earn or use their Miles at least once every 18
months, their Miles will remain active. With the new arrangement, members will have more control of their
Miles and enjoy the best choices, however, wherever and whenever they use them. Miles will no longer
expire three years after being credited to their account.”
Note that miles earned before the start of the new year will still expire after 3 years! If you were thinking about making a transfer from Amex, you may therefore wish to hold off until after 1st January 2020.
This is a very welcome change in policy – hard expiry policies are annoying and often prompt members into sub-optimal last minute redemptions (I think I once ended up getting about 0.2p per mile of value from some expiring Flying Blue Miles).
If Asia Miles could now make the website a little more user-friendly, it would be more or less the perfect points/miles programme!