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Best way to get a few thousand Asia Miles?
I have a bunch of Asia Miles that will expire soon, so I’m looking to kill them on a Cathay Pacific business class award ticket between BKK – HKG.
This award ticket would cost 25,000 miles and $30 in assorted fees.
My problem is that I have precisely 20,996 Asia Miles, and Asia Miles are sold in blocks of 2,000 at a rate of $60 per block. I’d have to purchase 6,000 miles at a total of $180, and this would bring my out-of-pocket cost up to $210.
$210 is still better than the cash price for a business class ticket ($460-ish) but… is there a cheaper or better way to get the Asia Miles I need?
I wish I could transfer in some points but I only have Chase Ultimate Rewards and Cathay is not a 1:1 transfer partner.
Any ideas on how to bring my out-of-pocket cost down?
Do you have any other trips coming up? RocketMiles comes to mind, if you have a trip where you could book the hotel through them
That’s a great idea, but unfortunately I don’t have any travel coming up, and I need to have the miles now (I see in the terms that I’d have to wait until at least a few days after the hotel stay for the miles to be credited).
Thanks for the tip though – something to keep in mind for future travel.
Any chance Asia Miles has a shopping portal you can use to buy some stuff you need? Even if you buy something small would know you down to only needing to buy two blocks of points instead of 3.
You may not have a trip coming up but you could do the math (ha!) and look into making a booking at a hotel in your city, making it a mattress run. If you book the stay for tomorrow night you could have the points by early next week. But of course if the room is expensive it wouldn’t make sense.
If you need the points right away your bet bet is to buy them because even shopping portals don’t award points instantly.