Aeroplan awards on Cathay Pacific?

The countdown to Justin Trudeau redeeming his Aeroplan miles for CX first has begun (maybe)!

Here’s an interesting development from my favorite airline awards program based in “America’s top hat.” Air Canada has recently expanded their little-known codeshare partnership with Cathay Pacific and their subsidiary Cathay Dragon and has hinted that soon they will begin allowing redemptions of Aeroplan miles for these flights as well.

How much later?

Air Canada is a member of the star alliance while Cathay Pacific is a member of the oneworld alliance and you don’t typically find cross-alliance redemption opportunities. As 0f this moment, this opportunity would be most useful for those with considerable balances in either the Air Canada Aeroplan program or Amex Membership Rewards program, as Amex allows points transfers into your Aeroplan account.

The expansion of codeshare flights will be between Hong Kong and these destinations:

– Chiang Mai, Thailand
– Phuket, Thailand
– Bangkok, Thailand
– Cebu, Philippines
– Manila, Philippines
– Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
– Hanoi, Vietnam

Currently, you can book Air Canada flights with Cathay’s Asia miles, though first class travel is excluded. You can find out all the juicy details about their expanded partnership here.

Not really a good value for your Amex MR points.

It is already possible to redeem Amex MR points for travel on Cathay Pacific by converting them into British Airways Avios, but the BA award rates for premium cabin travel are generally not competitive. It would be a welcome addition to both the options for booking Cathay Pacific awards and the value of Amex MR points to have Aeroplan begin allowing award redemptions on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.

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