The trick for extending your old Cathay Pacific miles

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Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles used to have an awful expiration policy — miles earned before January 1, 2020 expire(d) after 36 months regardless of activity. Cathay announced a change in that policy back at the end of 2019, so miles earned from January 1, 2020 won’t expire if you have activity every 18 months. Unfortunately, the policy did not extend to miles earned before 1/1/20 — those miles still expire after 36 months. Given COVID, that’s been awful for people who had miles earned prior to 1/1/20. But there is good news: Points Adventure points out that it is possible to get your old miles extended / converted to the new expiration policy by transferring in 3,000 miles total from two external programs. It’s a quirky system, but it should be relatively easy for most readers.

The disconcerting thing about the process is that you must first let your miles expire and then transfer from external programs. However, Points Adventure notes that you can confirm the process with Cathay Pacific prior to expiration. I don’t know why they don’t just make this easier and allow the old miles to convert to the new system prior to expiration, but I assume there is a technical limitation at play. Points Adventure confirms that the process only took about 36 hours from start to finish, so you will likely only need to do a minor amount of hand-wringing waiting for the miles to be reactivated.

Those with old miles set to expire in the near future should definitely check out the Points Adventure post and get the ball rolling with Asia Miles before the miles expire.

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