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Which Canada Credit Card Points Transfer To Cathay Pacific?

Find out which partner credit cards earn rewards transferable to Cathay Pacific and calculate which cards will earn you the most Asia miles.
Last Updated: 01-16-2024
Page Also Available For: 🇺🇸 US 🇦🇺 AU

Cathay Pacific Asia miles is a direct transfer partner of two major Canadian credit card rewards programs: RBC Avion Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards. This makes it easy to earn Asia miles via intro bonuses and everyday spending across credit cards offered by these programs.

Cathay Pacific credit card transfer partners

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RBC Avion credit cards

RBC Avion Elite points can be transferred to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles at a 1:1 ratio. This means that every 1,000 Avion Elite points you transfer to your Asia miles account will give you 1,000 Asia miles.

This makes the RBC Avion Rewards program an excellent choice if you're looking to earn flexible travel rewards transferable to Cathay Pacific as well as other airline partners such as American Airlines and British Airways.

Here are the RBC Avion credit cards that earn Avion Elite points:

Credit Card Card Benefits Annual Fee
  • Earns Avion Elite Points
  • Earn 1.25 Avion points for every $1 spent on all purchases
  • Access to the RBC Air Travel Redemption Schedule which offers high value towards airfare
  • Transfer points to all RBC travel partners
  • Airport lounge access
  • Extensive insurance coverage
$399
  • Earns Avion Elite Points
  • Earn 1.25 points for every eligible $1 spent on travel related purchases
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 you spend on all other purchases
  • Access to the RBC Air Travel Redemption Schedule which offers high value towards airfare
  • Transfer points to all RBC travel partners
  • Travel and shopping coverage
$120
  • Earns Avion Elite Points
  • Earn 1 Avion point for every dollar you spend on the card
  • Access to the RBC Air Travel Redemption Schedule which offers high value towards airfare
  • Transfer points to all RBC travel partners
  • Travel and shopping coverage
$120
  • Earns Avion Elite Points
  • Earn 1.25 Avion points for every $1 spent on the card, on up to $75,000 per year (then 1X)
  • Airport lounge access
  • Access to the RBC Air Travel Redemption Schedule which offers high value towards airfare
  • Transfer points to all RBC travel partners
  • Travel and shopping coverage
$175
  • Earns Avion Elite Points
  • Earn 1 Avion point for every $1 spent on the card
  • Access to the RBC Air Travel Redemption Schedule which offers high value towards airfare
  • Transfer points to all RBC travel partners
  • Reduced annual fee for RBC Avion Visa Platinum or RBC Avion Visa Infinite cardholders
  • Travel and shopping coverage
$120

AMEX Membership Rewards credit cards

Membership Rewards points can be transferred to Cathay Pacific Asia miles at a rate of 1,000 AMEX points for 750 Asia miles. This ratio isn't as good as RBC's 1:1, but it is possible to earn lots more points with AMEX per $1 spent than with most of RBC's credit cards which mostly earn at a flat rate — so it somewhat evens out.

Here are the Membership Rewards credit cards you can use to earn Asia miles:

Credit Card Card Benefits
Best For Luxury Travel & Lounge Access
  • Earn 2X points on dining and food delivery purchases in Canada
  • Earn 2X points on travel
  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases
  • $200 Annual Travel Credit, $200 Annual Dining Credit, and $100 CAD NEXUS statement credit
  • Access 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide with American Express Global Lounge Collection
  • Enroll in complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status and Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status
  • $799 annual fee
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on travel, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and more
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on eligible gas, grocery and drugstore purchases in Canada
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on everything else
  • Annual $100 CAD Travel Credit and $50 CAD NEXUS Statement Credit
  • Priority Pass and Plaza Premium Lounge access
  • Access to hotel benefits when booking through The Hotel Collection
  • $250 annual fee
Best Overall Travel Rewards Card
  • Earn 5 points for every $1 spent on eligible restaurant and grocery stores in Canada, including food and grocery delivery
  • Earn 3 points for every $1 spent on streaming subscriptions with select providers in Canada
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Access to hotel benefits when booking through The Hotel Collection
  • $12.99 monthly fee ($155.88 annually)
Best For No Annual Fee
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 on all card purchases
  • Be protected with shopping coverage.
  • $0 annual fee
Best For Luxury Business Travel & Lounge Access
  • Earn 1.25 points for every $1 spent on all card purchases
  • Access 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide with American Express Global Lounge Collection
  • Up to $820 in annual credits.
  • Complimentary Marriott Gold Bonvoy Elite status and Hilton Honors Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Excellent travel and shopping coverage
  • $799 annual fee
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 in card purchases on everything
  • Earn 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points when you spend $20,000 in net purchases each calendar quarter (up to 40K points annually)
  • Travel and shopping coverage
  • $199 annual fee
Best For Business Purchases
  • Earn 3 points for every $1 spent on eligible office supplies & electronics, rides & gas, and eats & drinks
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Spend $3,000 or more in Card purchases each monthly billing period to earn a Monthly Spend Bonus, up to 12,000 bonus points a year
  • Car rental theft/damage insurance and shopping coverage
  • $99 annual fee

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy points can be transferred to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles at a 3:1 ratio. This means that every 3,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you transfer to Cathay Pacific will give you 1,000 Asia Miles.

On top of that, Marriott will throw in a bonus 15,000 points for every 60,000-block of points you transfer in a single transaction. This comes out to an additional 5,000 Asia Miles which means that a 60,000-Marriott Bonvoy point transfer to Cathay Pacific would net you a total of 25,000 Asia miles which is pretty good.

Marriott offers two credit cards that you can use to earn points in Canada:

Credit Card Benefits Annual Fee
Marriott Bonvoy® American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy® American Express® Card
Best For Marriott Travelers
  • Earn 5X points for every $1 in card purchases at eligible participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • Earn 2X points for every $1 on all other purchases
  • Enjoy an annual Free Night Award after your Card anniversary each year
  • Upgrade to Gold Elite Status after you charge $30,000 to your card each year
$120
Marriott Bonvoy® Business American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy® Business American Express® Card
Best For Marriott Business Travelers
  • Earn 5X points for every $1 in card purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • Earn 3X points for every $1 in card purchases on eligible gas, dining, and travel
  • Earn 2X points for every $1 on all other purchases
  • Receive an annual Free Night Award after your Cardmember anniversary each year
  • Upgrade to Gold Elite Status after you charge $30,000 to your card each year
$150

Calculator: Which credit card will earn you the most Asia miles?

Input your monthly and yearly spend amounts into our calculator to find out which credit cards from Cathay Pacific and their partners will earn you the most Asia miles.

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FAQ

What's the transfer ratio of RBC Avion points to Cathay Pacific Asia miles?

Every 1,000 RBC Avion Elite points you transfer to Cathay Pacific will give you 1,000 Asia miles.