Reactivate Expired Cathay Pacific Miles (Pre-2020)

Prior to Jan 1, 2020, Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles “hard expired” meaning that you couldn’t extend them with activity.

Happily, starting January of 2020, all miles can be extended indefinitely with activity once every 18 months.

However, many lost expiring miles before the changeover as the change wasn’t retroactive.

Now, if you fall in to that category, you are in luck.

First, register on this page – scroll down to the register now button.

Then convert at least 30,000 American Express Membership Rewards or Citi ThankYou points to Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles before September 30th.

Per terms, the balance of miles earned before 1 January 2020 will be automatically renewed within 14 weeks after the promotion period.

10% – 15% Transfer Bonus

In addition, earn up to 15% bonus miles when you convert your credit card points to Asia Miles between September 13 and November 12, 2022.

  Miles converted from our finance partners   Rewards
  Earn less than 30,000
  • 10% bonus miles
  Earn 30,000 or above
  • 15% bonus miles
  • free mileage renewal


The promotions overlap; just note from the table above that you will only get 10% bonus miles if you transfer under 30,000 points. At 30,000+ you get 15% plus the reactivated pre-2020 miles.

See all current transfer bonuses here.


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  1. I was told by the Cathay rep I needed to wait for my miles to expire so that I could take their reinstatement challenge. At that time they told me it was 20,000 points from a variety of cards one of which which CITI and I thought it would do that. Now, the miles expired two weeks ago and when I called to except the challenge, they told me it’s 10,000 from a financial card, AND 10,000 from a different Co-branded card. Can you advise an appropriate card as I am having a hard time finding anything that doesn’t have a high annual fee, 250+, or, it goes to 3 free nights for the bonus (Marriott).

    • The first thing I would do is call back and see if the next agent says the same thing because that all sounds insanely silly. Also ask for concrete examples of cards if the next rep says the same thing.


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