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Asia Miles is the mileage program of Cathay Pacific, and it’s just launched a big update to its award search tool that makes finding space on OneWorld partners that you won’t find on the American Airlines site a lot easier. That’s great if you have AAdvantage miles and want to use them on Cathay, Qatar, Iberia, and more.
You can now get a calendar of +/- 3 days for any partner award search, with both the mileage price and surcharge directly visible from the calendar. So you can see a full 7 days at a time in each direction.
Partners visible on the site include:
It’s a very basic form, and you’ll want to choose Flexible Travel Dates to get the full view.
Here are the results for Los Angeles to Hong Kong search in Business Class…
The search is lightning fast, making it really easy to check different date and route combinations.
And it handles partner searches with ease.
Here’s award space to Madrid in business class…
Which includes Iberia options.
Here’s Qatar award space to Doha from Philadelphia
And here’s space from Seattle to Hong Kong using a mix of Alaska and Cathay Pacific.
There are some limitations:
If you’re redeeming Asia Miles, which are transferable from both Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou, this makes things a lot easier, because you can also book everything you see in search results online, though transfers still aren’t instant and can take a few days.
But this is a great, quick way to eyeball award space if you’re trying to use AAdvantage miles. While you’ll see big surcharges listed on the Asia Miles site for Iberia and Qatar flights, AAdvantage won’t pass all of those along.
It’s a whole lot easier than waiting for the slow British Airways site to load results.
If you don’t want to login, you can use the new Asia Miles search welcome page to check prices in Asia Miles for any route, which is helpful since Asia Miles is a distance based program.
It’s a good way to scope out sweet spots in the Asia Miles program, like 120,000 miles roundtrip from Los Angeles to Hong Kong in Business Class.
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