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How many Asia Miles do I need to redeem a ticket?

The Beginner’s Guide to Asia Miles.

How many Asia Miles do I need to redeem a ticket?

The Beginner’s Guide to Asia Miles

People often say that redeeming air tickets with Asia Miles will give you a good deal, however some also say that it can be very hard to use your miles to book award flights. How can you maximise your Asia Miles for the best reward?

There are many guides and tips on using Asia Miles, but it could be a headache when it comes to calculating the distance zones and factoring in the oneworld Multi-Carrier Award. We hope to give you an overview of Asia Miles with some basic tips on air ticket redemption through this beginner’s guide.

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What is “Asia Miles”?

Asia Miles is a travel and lifestyle rewards programme, which can be registered for free here. Members can then earn miles directly whenever they spend with Asia Miles’ partners or with Standard Chartered Asia Miles Mastercard. Miles credited are valid for three years.

Asia Miles can be used to redeem air tickets, hotel stays, travel experiences, concert tickets and more. Nevertheless, it’s the award flights that are really popular. Besides itineraries operated by Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, which usually gives you better Asia Miles redemption deals, you can also redeem tickets from the partner airlines listed below:

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Air Canada
Air China
Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Bangkok Airways
British Airways
Finnair
Gulf Air
Iberia
Japan Airlines
Jet Airways
LATAM
Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian Airlines
S7 Airlines
Shenzhen Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Swiss International Air Lines

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How many Asia Miles do I need to redeem a ticket?

While you can refer to Asia Miles’ official website for the number of Asia Miles you will need to redeem tickets to different destinations, we have also summarised the information of using Standard Award* to redeem tickets of Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon on popular destinations for your below:

For example, the 40,000 Asia Miles welcome offer with the Standard Chartered Asia Miles Mastercard would be enough for you to redeem two round-trip Standard Award tickets to Japan / South Korea, or other popular Southeast Asian destinations including Thailand, Singapore, and more.

Destinations
Asia Miles required to claim round-trip ticket (only half miles required for one-way tickets)
Economy Premium Economy Business First
Taiwan/Vietnam (except Ho Chi Minh City) 15,000Miles 22,000Miles 32,000Miles 50,000Miles
Ho Chi Minh City / Thailand / Japan / South Korea / Singapore / Kuala Lumpur 20,000Miles 36,000Miles 50,000Miles 80,000Miles
Maldives/Australia/Dubai/Israel 44,000Miles 60,000Miles 90,000Miles 140,000Miles
Europe/South Africa/New Zealand 60,000Miles 80,000Miles 130,000Miles 200,000Miles
Vancouver/San Francisco/Los Angeles 60,000Miles 90,000Miles 140,000Miles 220,000Miles
Boston/Chicago/New York/Toronto 84,000Miles 120,000Miles 170,000Miles 250,000Miles

*Asia Miles Flight Awards have 3 Flight award types:

  1. Standard Award – The starting point to get the most value for your miles
  2. Choice Award – Enjoy more seat availability for slightly more miles than Standard
  3. Tailored Award – Experience maximum seat availability all year round, for more miles than the other award types

1. Asia Miles website^
2. Cathay Pacific website

^11 available airlines where Flight Awards can be redeemed online: Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines

Standard Chartered Asia Miles Mastercard.
Interested in applying for Asia Miles Mastercard?

Please click “Apply Now” to apply or click “Find out more” to visit the product page and learn more about the card.

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Top tips when redeeming air tickets shared by the airline mileage expert “Siu Sze”

Book it early: Flight awards can be booked up to 360 days prior to departure, and will usually be available for booking at 00:00 or 08:00. This means that the earlier you make your booking, the chances you have of securing your ticket are higher. Since the Asia Miles required for ticket redemption will remain the same even in peak travel seasons, it’s best for parents and individuals who need to plan their trips in advance.

Wait till later: If a flight still has many unsold seats before departure, these seats will be released for sale approximately two months prior to the flight. This is how a lot of smart travellers have been able to redeem tickets for flights during the peak Chinese New Year travel season in December and January of the last 2 years.

Asia Miles’ monthly special: Do you know that every month, Asia Miles will select designated destinations and reserve some seats for Asia Miles members to redeem. Visit this “Grab & Fly” promotion page and get higher chances to redeem the flight award.

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With Standard Chartered Asia Miles Mastercard, you can earn up to 40,000 Asia Miles with an earn rate as low as HK$0.2 = 1 Asia Miles. Stay tuned for more tips and guides on how to maximise the value of your earnings!