Posted by William Charles on February 6, 2019
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Published on February 6th, 2019 | by William Charles

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[YMMV] Cathay Pacific Synchrony Credit Card 90,000 Mile Bonus

I have now confirmed that the URL sent out via e-mail is not unique. Keep in mind the following:

  • 90,000 bonus is not mentioned on the application page at all. Use this at your own risk
  • Even though the URL is not unique, specific accounts might be targeted and others not targeted. Again use this link at your own risk
  • Use this link at your own risk. I have no idea if it will work or not.

Click here for the direct link. Goodluck to the brave among us that go for it. May you yell the battlecry of be the data point you want to see as you click apply.

The Offer

Targeted offer sent out via e-mail. Subject line is ‘2019 is the year of rewards! Earn up to 90,000 Miles and more’

  • Cathay Pacific is offering some members a bonus of up to 90,000 miles on the co-branded Synchrony credit card. Bonus broken down as follows:
    • 50,000 miles after $5,000 in spend within the first 90 days
    • Additional 40,000 miles after $5,000 extra spend within the first six months

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).
  • Not available to applicants who have or have had the Cathay Pacific Visa card. Not sure if this is enforced?

Our Verdict

There’s actually a direct link, but I’m not sure if the promo code at the end is unique or not. If anybody else also got this e-mail I’d love to know what your link was (feel free to e-mail me at will@doctorofcredit.com. I won’t share it unless it’s the same as the other readers). We’ve seen deals of 65,000 miles before, this is an extra 25,000 miles but does require $10,000 in spend vs $5,000. The offer you prefer will depend on how easily you can hit the $10,000 spend requirement. Very strong offer if you can and worth doing IMO.

A few other things to note:

Hat tip to reader Brad C (Chase Global Travel Group)



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waiting for the link . Thank you

Mellissa
Mellissa

tried calling in, they wont do an application over the phone w/o a reference code on the application

quite frustrated
quite frustrated

terrbiel i only got 60k on my synchrony application very dissapointed do the reps have the ability to issue courtesy points?

samuel
samuel

can someone give me their code on the bottom of their email? so i can give this over to the custoemr rep? cna someone also give me their code on the bottom of the email they recieved from amex hilton to get 5k points for spending 250 dollars on an au up to 4? if someone doesnt midn posting it I would be greatful thank you very much the reps from both companies are askign me for the code that I cannot provide because I am not targeted

CtownBin
CtownBin

Has anyone written up a review of the sweet spots using Cathay Pacific miles? At first glance, it looks like there could be value in the round-the-world award needing 2 oneworld partners (similar to something American used to have before they axed it). Would be interested to know of other sweet spots. Thanks DoC for letting us in on this one! 90,000 is awesome.

Blue
Blue

There’s some value to be found in specific city pairs that fall just inside the mileage bands.

tina
tina

+1 if someone can tell us cathays sweet spots and thank you doc for letting us in on thsi offer

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Asia miles has much higher surcharges on one world partner redemption than other airlines. Had to use up 200k that was about to expire soon and it costs my family of 4 $1200 in surcharges where the same redemption via AA would have cost us around $40. There is never availability on Cathay out of certain cities like SFO during xmas break. 360 days out, no tickets are released and it goes straight to wait listing.

Blue
Blue

One thing I’ve noticed it that the Asia Miles surcharges for BA flights are considerably less than BA charges. Not sure why.

Jimalb
Jimalb

I rec’d the email with that header but with only 50k sub.

Evan
Evan

Ditto 🙁

beat2def
beat2def

Would they match?

elegua
elegua

I applied last year and few weeks later was another link with a higher bonus, i called it and yes they matched it,

beat2def
beat2def

I haven’t applied but did ask about being matched before I applied and they said they had no idea how to even do that. Haha.

beat2def
beat2def

I was sent an email for the 50k for 5k spend but it doesn’t say anything about the additional 40k miles for the additional 5k spend. Think they’ll match?

Clover Chan
Clover Chan

I got 65K for 5K spend

Blue
Blue

I did that one last summer.

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

Important to be aware of how/when CX points expire – IIRC, it’s not like nearly all other FF programs (which typically just require “some activity” to extend their life) – don’t these expire after a specific interval of being earned, no matter what you do? If so, this is a major downside any potential applicant should be aware of.

Blue
Blue

Three years after earned, no extension.

suljaga
suljaga

I pulled trigger, instant approval. Worst case scenario I get 40,000 miles, and reapply again in a year.

Andrew
Andrew

Have you had this card before? Is it churnable?

suljaga
suljaga

Never had card before

Julian Banks

Could you be a hero to us all and call them to confirm what bonus is attached to your application? 🙂

suljaga
suljaga

not calling and would advise against calling

Julian Banks

Normally I’d agree with not calling, but in this case, a person who applied normally could call in and ask about their app status and bonus (not specifically mentioning 90k) and either the rep will see it attached or they won’t. If hundreds of people call then it could become an issue, but if one person who applied calls and confirms it works (or doesn’t) we could just go off their DP.

This is different than a bank bonus in that the offer isn’t tied to specific actions that we try to satisfy through alternative means, running the risk of them seeing you’re trying to pass an ach push as a direct deposit. Rather, it’s a credit card app that has a bonus (hopefully 90k) or doesn’t have the bonus and it seems like they wouldn’t have any reason to suspect foul play.

I suppose there’s a chance that it could somehow go strangely, but seems unlikely (to me). Anywho, that’s my two cents and I could absolutely be wrong and if you don’t want to call, that’s totally up to you.

Good luck either way!

Anonn
Anonn

Or maybe you get nothing? There might be no offer attached to it.

Wesley
Wesley

Mind sharing your ?/24 status?

Sanelini
Sanelini

Lol/24

Trippy
Trippy

Already have the card – so the question is, is this churnable?

steven
steven

Not sure if that link will work as it takes you to the 2nd stage of the app, ‘Apply’. In a physical mailer, you start at the first stage where it states ‘Start’… you put in your acceptance code and last name. The link might auto-populate the ‘start’ (code and last name) info which wouldn’t link your last name to the acceptance code.

benjinito
benjinito

If you go to the public 40k offer and click on Apply it also takes you to the “apply” stage of the app

Steven
Steven

That is a little more reassuring. Thank you for the reply.

Joshue Powell
Joshue Powell

Just applied through the link and was insta approved. Just when i thought i hit a wall with denials from Barclays and BoA, the Savor, AA Plat #3, and now this have proved i still have some banks that will take a chance on me. will update if i get the bonus

Dan
Dan

got this card back in october 2017, closed september 2018. applied again and was approved. i’ll prob try to confirm the bonus as well via chat after i get the card, because i definitely do not want to do $10k of spend for no bonus

asd
asd

let us know dont forget

benjinito
benjinito

Were you able to confirm?

Dan
Dan

i chatted with online rep who said he sees 40k/2k offer for me. gonna do the 2k spend and see if i get the 40k bonus. if i dont, then i will go up to 5k spend to see if i get the 50k. there’s a chance the rep cant see the special offer linked to my account, but likely synchrony has a way of validating that only those targeted receive the special offer bonus

asd
asd

is this card churnable?

beat2def
beat2def

Nope.

benjinito
benjinito

Care to share your DP?

Fathiss
Fathiss

Yes it is churnable. I received the bonus last year and just applied and was I insta-approved via this link. I called the bank to confirm the offer but they are closed until 8 am Monday. I will call and confirm then.
Unlike previous poster, I see no harm in calling to verify an offer. Have done it many times.

benjinito
benjinito

Report back after you call please

Fathiss
Fathiss

I called this morning and they confirmed the 40,000mile offer after $2000 spend. So the link didn’t provide the 90.000 offer.
Oh well, better than zilch.

John
John

Are you sure they weren’t referring to the current active offer on their site?

Fathiss
Fathiss

I asked her for the offer attached to my approved application and that’s how she responded after she did security verification. I did tell her I thought I signed up for the 90,000 mile offer, but she refuted.
I won’t be sure until after I do the $2000 spend. If they give the 40000 after $2000 spend I’ll know for sure.
But I’m quite sure I only got the standard offer.

Quango
Quango

How long did it take for the points to post last time?

Fathiss
Fathiss

The miles posted the end of billing cycle of the succeeding month I met the minimum spend. As I recall I had to call to prompt the bank to post the bonus miles.

benjinito
benjinito

At least we can now confirm that it is churnable! Thanks for trying it out!

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