“Which Miles Should I Get For My Cathay Pacific First Class Glitch Flight?” The Airline That Gives Enough For A Free Business/First Class Flight!

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A reader who purchased an $845 Cathay Pacific first class flight from DAD-HKG-JFK asked where he should credit his miles.

I mentioned this briefly in the original post, but let’s elaborate a bit:

Whenever you fly you can choose to credit the miles earned from the flight to the airline you fly or to a partner airline. For example an occasional El Al flyer will typically be better off crediting their flight to Qantas than to Matmid.

The fare was valid from SGN, HAN and DAD to the US.

The HAN-HKG flights were on partner airline Vietnam Air. The DAD-HKG flights were on partner airline Cathay Dragon. The SGN-HKG flights were on Cathay Pacific.

The Great Circle Mapper lists SGN-HKG at 925 miles and HKG-JFK at 8,072 miles.

Alaska awards 350% of the flown miles in first class and 225% of the flown miles in business class.

That means SGN-HKG will earn about 2,081 miles and HKG-JFK will earn about 28,252 miles. The return flight will earn the same, so the total miles earned will be 60,666.

If you’re flying on from DAD-HKG on Cathay Dragon you’ll want to credit that flight segment at the checkin counter or gate to American or BA, which will earn 125% of the 570 flown miles, or 713 miles each way/1,426 round-trip. Make sure to credit the HKG-JFK flight at the checkin counter or gate to Alaska to earn 28,252 miles one-way or 56,504 round-trip.

If you’re flying on from HAN-HKG on Vietnam Air you’ll want to credit that flight segment at the checkin counter or gate to Flying Blue, which will earn 200% of the 526 flown miles, or 1,052 miles each way/2,054 round-trip. Make sure to credit the HKG-JFK flight at the checkin counter or gate to Alaska to earn 28,252 miles one-way or 56,504 round-trip.

Alaska also has a status match program if you hold elite status with another airline.

They will give MVP status if you have:

  • Aeromexico Gold
  • Air Canada Altitude 25K (Prestige) or 35K
  • American Airlines AAdvantage Gold
  • Delta Silver Medallion
  • Frontier Elite
  • Hawaiian Pualani Gold
  • JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic
  • Southwest A List
  • United Premier Silver

They will give MVP Gold status if you have:

  • Aeromexico Platinum
  • Air Canada Altitude 50K
  • American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum
  • Delta Gold Medallion
  • Hawaiian Pualani Platinum
  • Southwest A-List Preferred
  • United Premier Gold

They will give MVP Gold 75K status if you have:

  • Aeromexico Titanio
  • Air Canada Altitude 75K and 100K
  • American Airlines Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum, or Concierge Key
  • Delta Platinum Medallion or Diamond Medallion
  • Southwest A-List Preferred & Companion Pass (must hold both)
  • United Platinum, 1K, or Global Services

Alaska MVP gives a 50% base miles bonus, MVP Gold gives a 100% base miles bonus, and MVP Gold 75K gives a 125% base miles bonus.

That means for a SGN-HKG-JFK flyer:

  • An Alaska non-elite will earn 60,666 miles.
  • An Alaska MVP will earn an extra 8,997 miles on the round-trip, for a total of 69,663 miles.
  • An Alaska MVP Gold will earn an extra 17,994 miles on the round-trip, for a total of 78,660 miles.
  • An Alaska MVP Gold 75K will earn an extra 22,493 miles on the round-trip, for a total of 83,159 miles.

What’s amazing about that is you can use the following amount of Alaska miles for a one-way award flight on Cathay Pacific between the US and Asia:

  • Coach: 30K
  • Premium Economy: 35K
  • Business: 50K
  • First: 70K

That means a non-elite will earn enough miles for a free business class flight to Asia and an MVP Gold elite will earn enough miles for a free first class flight.

Want to fly from JFK to Vancouver? Here’s how many Alaska miles you would need to do that one-way on Cathay Pacific:

  • Coach: 17.5K
  • Premium Economy: 20K
  • Business: 25K
  • First: 35K

That means a non-elite will earn enough miles for a free round-trip business class flight to Vancouver and an MVP Gold elite will earn enough miles for a free round-trip first class flight.

Want to fly from Hong Kong to Israel? Here’s how many Alaska miles you would need to do that one-way on Cathay Pacific:

  • Coach: 22.5K
  • Premium Economy: 25K
  • Business: 30K

Want to fly from the US to Israel or Africa? Here’s how many Alaska miles you would need to do that one-way on Cathay Pacific with a free stopover in Hong Kong:

  • Coach: 50K
  • Premium Economy: 55K
  • Business: 62.5K
  • First: 70K

That means any elite will earn enough miles for a free business class flight between the US and Israel and and an MVP Gold elite will earn enough miles for a free first class flight.

I’ve flown Cathay First Class to Asia and Vancouver several times using miles. It typically has great service, though it doesn’t match the same top-tier level of service of airlines like ANA, JAL, and Singapore.

However Cathay Pacific First Class does have the most comfortable seat and bed in the sky:

Kosher meals from Asia and in Cathay first class lounges in Hong Kong are catered by London’s Hermolis, which makes by far the best kosher meals in the air. In addition to requesting kosher meals for your flights, you can request kosher meals to be served during your connection or origin at the Cathay Hong Kong First Class Wing Lounge at +852-2747-7972 or the Cathay Hong Kong First Class Pier Lounge at +852-2747-3939.

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29 Comments On "“Which Miles Should I Get For My Cathay Pacific First Class Glitch Flight?” The Airline That Gives Enough For A Free Business/First Class Flight!"

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Alex

DAD-HKG is Cathay Dragon operated and won’t earn miles on Alaska. If it were me, I’d leave the FF # field blank. After the fact, I’d credit HKG-JFK-HKG to Alaska and DAD-HKG-DAD to either American or BA

Glushtygiz

So Dan’s #s are wrong?
Anyway to get status on other programs easily? And how often is there availability between hkg and tlv business?

Pad18

Simple, clear as usual ! Thanks.

G

Yay! Got in on this ticket! Question though, why you saying credit roundtrip when most of us actually originating in US will only be actually flying one way with the Cathay deal? (Likely from US to Vietnam will b via mileage ticket?)

united

sorry a little off topic. If I’m flying United and want the benefits of being a Chase United Club cardholder, but will earn more miles if i credit the flight to Singapore or Aeroplan, when and how do I call United to switch? After I print the check in and boarding pass?
Thanx

AlakaQ

Can you only status match to Alaska once per lifetime of the account?

micha

so now i will be flying on my regular scheduled flight to Beijing on Cathay Pacific then my return will be from Dad to NYC how do I get miles ? I do plan on using the way NYC to DAD in November for my round trip.

micha

how do I get miles ? who do I sign up with . I am new to this.

JohnB

Sign up with Alaskan Mileage Plan. At check-in give Cathay that membership#.

pa

how can you retroactively credit your elal flights to quantas? having trouble doing that

Mike

Side question

I see Qantas has some real generous signup welcome offers for opening a new CC. Any idea if this valid for us citizens as well?

Glushtygiz

Sorry for the harassment one last q
If I see availability on cathay site for a business award from hkg tlv can I then just call AS to book or they have difff availability

mh

How do I credit Elal Miles to Quantas instead of Matmid? Do I open a Quantas mileage account. I always credited to Matmid but never got good benefits since they expire or wasnt enough.

Woofwoof

Following up with Alex’s comment: I now have Alaska’s FFP # associated w/ my booking and I will depart from DAD. In other words, if I don’t do anything, I will lose credit for the DAD-HKG-DAD segments.

Is it possible to have my Alaska FFP # in the booking, but change only the DAD-HKG-DAD credits to Avios at check-in? Also, can I retroactively do this after the flights? I may forget at check-in.

Jtlyn

You can edit your ff # on Cathay’s site for each segment so you can enter in a different ff# for the DAD segment online. Super easy to do so beforehand without worrying about forgetting.

Woofwoof

Got it. Thanks.

Nf

If I fly with Delta Miles, Can I credit the flying miles to a different airline or do I get it through Delta. Delta rep said when You purchase tickets through miles you dont get miles for flying. Please answer asap so I can still cancel tickets

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