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Cathay Pacific is now offering a pretty good deal for US residents who register and complete travel before November 30, 2015. As part of this offer, you’ll earn a bunch of Asia Miles when you travel round-trip to Hong Kong (HKG) on Cathay Pacific from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO) or Vancouver (YVR). First-class fares earn 4x miles, business class earns 3x miles and premium economy earns 2x miles. So what does this mean in terms of hard earnings? Let’s take a look.
Travel must start and end between September 15 and November 30, 2015, inclusive. Now, while you can redeem a first-class Cathay award for just 67,500 American AAdvantage miles each way, paid fares are MUCH more expensive. We’re talking more than $28,000 round-trip from New York, $19,000 from Boston or $15,700 from California. Fares from Vancouver are considerably more affordable, however, at $8,650 round-trip. All of the above qualify for 4x bonus miles as part of this promo.
This offer is only applicable to travel in eligible fare classes F, A (First Class), J, C, D, I (Business Class), W, R and E (Premium Economy Class). The earnings on these classes are as follows:
Members are eligible to earn bonus Asia Miles and regular Club miles or Club sectors with this offer, in addition to the class-of-service bonuses outlined above. Since first class earns you 150% of actual miles flown, for a round-trip of 13,800 miles you’d automatically earn 20,700 Asia Miles. At 4x those miles, you’re at a grand total of 82,800.
That’s enough for a round-trip economy flight to the US, so you’re essentially buying a (very expensive) flight and getting a second one free. Although the miles won’t be awarded until 4-6 weeks after November 30, they can easily get you upgrades on future flights and other goodies, too.
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