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An increased signup bonus of up to 60,000 miles has been announced on the Cathay Pacific Visa Signature® card through June 30, 2018. The Cathay Pacific card is the only Asia Miles credit card available in the US and carries a $95 annual fee. This card is issued by Synchrony Bank, so you don't have to worry about 5/24, 2/3/4, 8/65, or any other weird application rules.

Cathay Pacific Credit Card Increased Bonus Through June 30 2018

Improved Signup Bonus

The signup bonus is tiered and will set you back $10,000 in spending to earn a total of 60,000 Asia Miles:

  • 35,000 bonus miles after spending $2,500 in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn a further 25,000 bonus miles after spending an additional $7,500 in the first 12 months of card membership

Maximizing your signup bonus will yield at least 70,000 miles (including the miles from meeting the spend requirement).

Key Features

  • 2X Asia Miles per dollar spent with Cathay Pacific
  • 1.5X Asia Miles per dollar spent on dining
  • 1.5X Asia Miles per dollar spent on overseas transactions
  • $95 annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Complimentary Green level membership to Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club

Stand Out Card Features

The Cathay Pacific card has two standout features. First, the increased earning (1.5X) on overseas spend combined with no foreign transaction fees. This can be lucrative if a significant amount of your overseas spending does not qualify for bonus category spending with other cards.

Next, the Marco Polo Green membership entitles you to priority boarding, designated check-in counters, and 2 checked bags on flights to the Americas. You can purchase lounge access for 9,000 Asia Miles per person—although this is a poor use of miles, and there are much better options for lounge access. Maintaining your Green level membership costs $100 per year or 20 club points.

Redemption Options

Asia Miles awards are distance based and offer several sweet spots. Glancing at the Asia Miles Award Charts, you can redeem 70,000 miles for a one-way Business class fare from Hong Kong HKG to London LHR. Crossing the Atlantic, you can fly New York JFK to Paris CDG with American Airlines for 80,000 Asia Miles roundtrip in Business class.

Asia Miles Transfer Partners

You can transfer points out of three of the four major points currencies to Asia Miles; American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and SPG all are transferable at a ratio of 1:1. Points earned from The Platinum Card® from American Express, the Citi Prestige® Card, and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express can all be used to top up your Asia Miles account.

The offer on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is no longer available through this site. You can see a full list of available cards in our marketplace.

Our Take

The Cathay Pacific Visa Signature® card can be beaten on earning in almost every case by other cards. However, it still offers a solid range of benefits and earnings for a card with a $95 annual fee. The Cathay Pacific card should appeal to Asia Miles flyers, who have a large overseas spend on non-bonus categories.

Increased Signup Bonus For Cathay Pacific Credit Card
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Comments

  • This looks like an interesting card. but who issues it?

  • Great deal, I want this card!

  • sounds interesting….since you didn’t mention the name of the issuing bank, I assume its not Chase (aka 5/24).

  • And a great airline to have miles with. This card sounds quite attractive.

  • I have their Green status from a status match I did last year but it doesn’t seem like Green is much of any value.

  • Alice Chen says:

    Sounds interesting but I’ve never heard of Synchrony Bank before

  • Adam Parsons says:

    Cathay Pacific offer great premium seats, I’m in on this card!

  • Thanks for the info. We travel to Asia a bit so may need to sign up.

  • Not a bad signup bonus, although you do have to spend a lot to get it all. At least they give you a year.

  • Synchrony Bank is an online bank that was formally GE’s bank. Kind of like Ally Bank was GMAC. They have high rates, similar to other online only banks) accounts. I don’t remember if it specifically had the name changed because GE was divesting it’s GE Capital financial assets, although that’s likely. I had a money market account and credit card with GE bank, probably at least 20 years ago, and they seemed good, but that was over 20 years ago

  • Cathay Pacific making a splash. Even increased permanent offer in Canada to 35,000 at RBC.

  • intriguing offer if you want Asia miles and don’t mind fee

  • I am seriously considering this card. Great way to fly to Asia or NY to Vancouver

  • Quite a nice bonus. Pity I can’t get this card where I live.

  • @charles j says: “Synchrony Bank is an online bank that was formally GE’s bank. Kind of like Ally Bank was GMAC. They have high rates, similar to other online only banks) accounts. I don’t remember if it specifically had the name changed because GE was divesting it’s GE Capital financial assets, although that’s likely. I had a money market account and credit card with GE bank, probably at least 20 years ago, and they seemed good, but that was over 20 years ago”

    Thanks for the backstory on Synchrony. Was just going to look that up.

  • Not a bad offer, I need to look more into the Asia Miles program.

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