Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and the Marco Polo Club have published a promotion that gives a 20% Discount on redemptions between Hong Kong and a variety of cities in Taiwan and Japan.
While the Cathay Pacific redemption chart is not the best, some short distance flights are actually not too bad and with this additional discount it could be worthwhile to book it this way.
These specific flights are actually pretty overpriced, last week I had to book a Cathay Pacific flight between Hong Kong and Taipei and was astonished how expensive that short flight was supposed to be (around 700$). I ended up redeeming 4500 BA Miles for a one way in Economy.
Cathay published a special chart for this promotion
It’s also possible to book one way tickets for the promotional discount so this could be useful if you have small amounts of miles left in the account. For example my Marco Polo account has around 9k or so left, maybe i just use this promo to clear out the account and be done with it.
There are specific booking / travel periods for this
Redemption Booking Period:
4–19 August 2015
Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei: 17 August–18 September 2015
Nagoya and Tokyo (Haneda Airport): 25 August–17 September 2015
This promotion is only available for bookings made online, call center reservations are not eligible.
This is a nice promo for those based in Hong Kong or even Taiwan and the associated routes are what you fly on anyway. As I mentioned above, I find the award chart for AsiaMiles/Marco Polo overpriced compared with the competition so this takes the edge off a little bit.
These are the complete Terms and Conditions for this promotion:
This offer is applicable to all members of The Marco Polo Club.
Redemption seats are subject to availability.
This offer is applicable to flights marketed and operated by Cathay Pacific Airways or Dragonair.
This offer must be booked online.
Waitlisting is not allowed.
No promotional discount will be offered when booking through The Marco Polo Club Service Line or The Marco Polo Club Service Desk in Hong Kong International Airport.
Eligible award flights:
Between Hong Kong and Tokyo (Haneda Airport) – KA396 and KA397
Between Hong Kong and Nagoya – CX532, CX533, CX536 and CX539
Between Hong Kong and Kaohsiung, Taichung or Taipei – all flights
Eligible award types:
One-way and round-trip Standard Awards in Business Class (to Nagoya, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei only)
One-way and round-trip Standard Awards in Premium Economy Class (to Nagoya only)
One-way and round-trip Standard Awards in Economy Class
Open-jaw itineraries are not allowed.
Award tickets must be redeemed and issued between 4 and 19 August 2015, inclusive.
Travel must commence and be completed between:
17 August and 18 September 2015 for Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei
25 August and 17 September 2015 for Nagoya and Tokyo (Haneda Airport)
For this promotional discount to apply, any subsequent changes (such as ticket re-booking, re-issuance or refund) must also be made within the redemption booking period between 4 and 19 August 2015. Changes are handled by The Marco Polo Club Service Line, and a service fee applies.
Fees and taxes imposed by governments, other authorities, or by the operator of an airport are HKD50 or more, and additional carrier-imposed charges, surcharges or fees of HKD193 or more will apply. The actual required miles, government and airport taxes/fees, and all carrier-imposed surcharges for all passengers will be advised at the time of booking.
No re-booking, refund or re-issuance for partially used tickets is allowed.
This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offers.