As the business pages have been reporting, Cathay Pacific has been hemorrhaging cash at least for the last 12 – 18 months. It is therefore little surprise that its Asia Miles mileage programme is about to be revamped. From June 22, the entire system of earning and spending miles will be changed. The detail is complex but, as you would expect, most flyers will gain fewer miles for their purchased tickets and have to spend more miles for the free tickets. The changes will also apply to mileage tickets booked through Asia Miles on CX's partner airlines - basically OneWorld carriers.
As an example, an economy class ticket from BKK to Tokyo via HKG will require an additional 4,000 miles whilst a business class ticket on that route will require 10,000 more. If you are flying from New York to HKG return in business class, this presently ‘costs’ 145,000 miles. Book after June 22 and expect to lash out 170,000 miles for the same ticket. And if standard award seats are not available, you can be stung for as much as 255,000 miles for a ‘choice’ award ticket.
The only seeming benefit of the changes is that CX has promised to make more seats in all classes available for mileage redemption.
The best analysis of the changes is to be found here –
https://www.ausbt.com.au/the-winners-an ... les-revamp
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