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Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles-only flight returns, and it's heading to Sapporo

30 Apr 2019 by Craig Bright
Cathay Pacific A330-300 economy class

Cathay Pacific’s exclusive Asia Miles charter flight is returning for a second year, this time heading to Sapporo for two dates in June.

Available exclusively for redemption by members of the airline’s Asia Miles rewards programme, the charter service was introduced for the first time last year when it operated only one round-trip between Hong Kong and Osaka in late August/early September.

This year, however, Cathay Pacific will operate two return flights that will take place on June 10 and again a week later on June 17. Here is the schedule for the service:

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles redemption charter - schedule

Redemptions are one-way, with each leg costing either 25,000 miles for a business class seat or 10,000 miles to fly in economy. Members can opt to redeem miles on just one leg and purchase the other, or redeem on both legs.

Cathay will fly its Airbus A330 aircraft on the route. At this stage, it is unclear whether this will be an A330 outfitted with the airline’s regional business class seats – set up in a forward-facing 2-2-2 configuration…

…or with its fully flat, reverse herringbone seats, which are laid out 1-2-1…

Cathay-Pacific--business-cl

One suspects, however, that it is likely to be the former considering the relatively short five-hour flight time.

For a review of Cathay’s economy class on board its A330, click here.

Redemption won’t be open until May 2 for most members. However; there is a priority redemption period running until to May 1 for Silver or above Marco Polo Club members in Hong Kong and Japan, or holders of the following credit cards:

  • American Express Cathay Pacific Elite Credit Card (Hong Kong)
  • American Express Cathay Pacific Credit Card (Hong Kong)
  • Standard Chartered Asia Miles Mastercard (Hong Kong)
  • Cathay Pacific MUFG card (Japan)

Asia Miles members can redeem seats through a dedicated page on the Asia Miles’ website.

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