Posted by William Charles on October 20, 2017
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Published on October 20th, 2017 | by William Charles


[Expired] Cathay Pacific Credit Card Bonus Increased To 50,000 Miles After $2,500 In Spend [Ending 31st]

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Reposting because this deal is due to expire on the 31st.

The Offer

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  • Synchrony & Cathay Pacific have increased the sign up bonus on their cobranded credit card to 50,000 miles after $2,500 in spend within the first 90 days of account opening.

Card Details

  • Annual fee of $95 is not waived the first year
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 2x Asia miles per $1 spent on eligible Cathay Pacific travel and in-flight purchases
    • 1.5x Asia miles per $1 spent on dining in the US or aboard
    • 1.5x Asia miles per $1 spent on purchases outside of the US
    • 1x Asia miles on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Complimentary first year green tier membership in the Marco Polo Club (Cathay Pacific’s loyalty program. Green tier is their base level and as I understand it first year is always free. Second year onwards you need to pay $100 USD or earn 100 Club points).
  • Offer expires October 31st, 2017 according to e-mail sent out to members.

Our Verdict

Standard bonus on this card is 25,000 and that’s the only bonus we’ve ever seen. This is double that and in my opinion makes signing up for the card worth it. Keep in mind that this card is issued by Synchrony, I’d recommend reading this post about them before applying. It seems that they always pull TransUnion for applications. You can read our full review of the card here (just note the higher sign up bonus now available). It is worth remembering that SPG, American Express Membership Rewards & Citi ThankYou points all transfer to Cathay.

In terms of using Cathay Pacific miles below is their award chart (found here):

asia miles

I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on redeeming miles, because I’m not. I’d recommend you read this post over at Travel is Free to get a good idea on the best uses of these miles. Let me know if you’re going to apply for this card in the comments and if so what your plans are for the miles. Also keep in mind that miles expire after a three year period and the only way to extend them is by paying a fee.

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JFK to Hong Kong nonstop seems cool.

By the way in the terms and conditions it says If you do not qualify for a Cathay Pacific Visa Signature card you will automatically be considered for the Cathay Pacific Visa card. The Reward Program Terms are the same for both types of card. However, the Visa Signature card and Visa card have different Visa benefits, APRs and credit limit requirements.

Also miles expire after 3 years no matter the activity.

Here are two good links with more about Cathay pacific and asia miles.

good luck getting business class seats on JFK to HKG. Nearly impossible even 6 months out IME

hi Abey. Thanks for the links.

I don’t have much experience with frequent flyer programs.

Getting the 50k miles spending $2,500 I could do. & pay $95 for the card.

I’m near Chicago. Flexible when I travel & fine traveling in economy. I would like to go somewhere international.

Anyone suggest how I might maximize? If I understand correctly, 25,000 miles each way in zone C for 2,501 – 5,000 miles.

So maybe something 5,000 miles away from Chicago? Hints travel destination & tips appreciated.

no. MPC green is never free without help. this was changed 2 years ago after too many were “elite”. now it costs money to even join the program. so you must initially pay $100 then it costs either $100 or 100 points annually to maintain it.

even this CC only gives complimentary FIRST year green tier membership. it should at least waive the annual $100 fee for green.

Hmmm, nice sign up bonus. 50,000 points on Cathay Pacific is good. I’m going to definitely consider it and use this card for restaurants and overseas since it’s 1.5x. I’ve flown CX once in Business Class once for free and loved it. I can’t wait to fly their Business Class or First Class again.

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Just FYI, it doesn’t seem that they do automatic approvals via the website. Apparently all approvals are manual and take 1-7 business days. Just applied and am waiting to hear.

Not True. I received one of those pre-screened offers in the mail. Just applied online tonight. Instant approval with a 7500 CL.


Asia Miles books 360 days in advance, rather than AA 330. That’s a pretty big deal, especially for J/F to Australia.


Also note that you can book Premium Economy with Asia Miles. Can’t do this at all with AA miles.

Is this card churnable?

The silence on this topic is deafening!

read post at travel is free and couldn’t find this info:

Is Cathay able to transfer out to a domestic program of hotels or airlines? I have no ambitions to fly out of country anytime soon – can figure if this is worth trying to get…


Mike – You cannot transfer miles out of Asia miles but you can book tickets on ONEWORLD carriers such as AA, BA, IB, JL, QF etc. They also partner with Alaska airlines So American and Alaska would be for domestic.


Can the miles be combined between two accounts?

This link explains alot. It is very complicated, but worth it for people who travel internationally.

Card is churnable every 4 months. Enjoy

Have you had churned this card before or any other Sync card? Where/How did you get this useful DP? Thanks.

Also interested to hear.

How churnable is this card? Anyone?They don’t have any 24 month/lifetime language anywhere.

Cathay can be your golden ticket to book West Coast to HKG to Australia. They release 5 J on every 777 from SFO and LAX and that’s about 7 planes per day. I recently flew on them from SFO to Bali via HKG and had a fantastic trip in J for 3 people RT, using Alaska Miles though, not Asia Miles. As another mentioned above, booking those seats before they are visible to AA and British is huge. Alaska no longer allows the 360 day out CX booking, but they used to allow it via special partner desk.

I have 4 cards from Synchrony and they’ve always pulled Experian for me, curious about your comment that they almost exclusively pull TransUnion. I have no bureaus frozen. I’d prefer to have them pull from TransUnion since I have no pulls from there but in 4 cards it’s always been Experian for me.

where are you located? people who say that dont get how CRA work. its based on region.

west coast Synchrony pulls EXP for me. its used to be heavy TU, but its YMMV based on location. Synchrony also went thru a lot of bullshit and ownership transitions and etc. things have changed. only real bank that is consistent across all north America is Barclay with TU.

I plan on getting this. I’ve moved through most of the cards from the bigger banks the past 2-1/2 years. I also have a pile of 95,000 Citi TYPs I’ve been sitting on with not much plans for use. With their current transfer bonus of 20%, I can combine this and get 166,500 miles (after spend of $2,500) – which should be enough for RT in business class ATL-ORD-HKG-DPS-HKG-LAX.

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