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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. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.