How Bad Is The Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Devaluation

How Bad Is The Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Devaluation

Today Cathay Pacific’s new award chart is live. This means that all award flights you book with Asia miles will use this new pricing. This award chart was only for flights operated by Cathay Pacific but now that the change is live, we can see how much partner award redemptions were affected. Let’s get into how bad these changes really were.

Partner Award Chart

Big shoutout to jaytw who created this unofficial award chart highlighting the pricing changes and costs for partner awards booked through Asia Miles.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Cost For Partner Awards

As you can see, almost all distance zones saw an increase in price on partner airlines. The ultra short haul (0-750 mile) zone didn’t see an increase in price but also didn’t get a decrease, which is unfortunate since a decrease would have been one positive thing from this change.

Zone Distance Breakdown

0-750 Miles

There were 0 changes in this category. All partner redemptions are still priced the same as they were before.

Some example routes:

  • London (LHR) to Zurich (ZRH)
  • Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne (MEL)
London To Zurich In Business Class For 20,000 Asia Miles

751-2750 Miles

This zone actually has a type 1 and type 2 based off of the Cathay Pacific specific award chart. It’s harder to categorize which routes fall into which type since these routes involve partner airlines but I haven’t seen too much difference in price. It seems to be either 32,000, 33,000, or 37,000 Asia Miles for business class.

This distance zone got hit the hardest out of the all the zones with a price increase starting at 17% and going up to 33%!

Some example routes:

  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Perth (PER)
  • Istanbul (IST) to Doha (DOH)
  • Tokyo (HND) to Taipei (TSA)
  • Doha (DOH) to Mumbai (BOM)
Kuala Lumpur to Perth In Business Class For 33,000 Asia Miles
Tokyo to Taipei In Business Class For 32,000 Asia Miles
Doha to Mumbai In Business Class For 37,000 Asia Miles

2751-5000 Miles

This zone also saw some pretty nasty changes with business class increasing by 26% and first class increasing by 33%.

Example Routes:

  • London (LHR) to Mumbai (BOM)
  • Doha (DOH) to Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Tokyo (NRT) to Sydney (SYD)
  • Helsinki (HEL) to Delhi (DEL)

5001-7500 Miles

This is the main category readers probably care about since it involves the US. Surprisingly, this zone wasn’t hit too badly with increases. Going from 75k to 89k for business and 120k to 135k for first class sucks but I thought that it would be worse.

If there’s a transfer bonus it would definitely help make these awards more affordable.

Example Routes:

  • New York (JFK) to Tokyo (HND)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD)
  • San Francisco (SFO) to London (LHR)
Los Angeles To Tokyo In Business Class For 89,000 miles
Sydney To Los Angeles In First Class For 135,000 miles
San Francisco To London In Business Class For 89,000 miles

7501+ Miles

This zone probably won’t apply to most people since these are super long flights and doesn’t include many “popular” routes. However, it does include some of the longest flights in the world which is pretty cool.

Example Routes:

  • Auckland (AKL) to Doha (DOH)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Doha (DOH)
Los Angeles To Doha In Business Class For 115,000 miles
Doha To Auckland In Business Class For 115,000 miles


Devaluations always suck, there’s no way around that but the silver lining is that this devaluation could’ve been way worse. Being able to fly from the US to Asia in F for 135k is still a pretty great deal so I’m not too bummed out with this change. What are your thoughts on the new award chart?

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