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Late last year, I published a series of posts explaining how to make the most of Cathay Pacific Asia Miles – 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
Rather than going over the award rules again (all the relevant info can be found in the posts above), I thought I’d just quickly share another example of the sort of trip you can take – this time with Cathay’s Japanese oneworld partner JAL.
Paris – Tokyo (stopover) – London in Business Class for 90,000 Asia Miles / Amex Membership Rewards Points
Asia Miles allows stopovers on one way redemptions and ‘backtracking’ isn’t a problem. What that means is that (assuming you can find award space, which isn’t always easy), you can book Paris (CDG) – Tokyo (HND) – London (LHR), with a stopover in Tokyo for as long as you want (within the booking schedule), all as a single one-way award.
A Business Class redemption therefore totals just 90,000 Asia Miles!
Taxes/surcharges should be about £240 starting in Paris and returning to London, or about £350 if you would prefer to start in London and end in Paris.
Note that you could book First Class instead for 135,000 Asia Miles.
A lot of bloggers (quite rightly!) get very excited about using Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles to fly ANA Business and First Class to Japan. Virgin charges 90,000 miles Return in Business Class and 120,000 miles Return in First Class, which is an incredible deal.
Being able to book JAL with Asia Miles (for very similar prices) opens up a completely different set of award availability for anyone who wants to fly to Japan in comfort without breaking the miles (or traditional) bank. For context, if you booked the same flights with JAL using British Airways Avios, you would need 180,000 for Business Class!
What’s your favourite Asia Miles redemption?