Air China Limited and Cathay Pacific Airways
today announced that members of their frequent flyer programmes will be
able to accrue and redeem miles on flights operated by both carriers as
part of a closer strategic partnership between the two airlines.
As part of the memorandum recently signed in Beijing by Air China
Executive Vice President Cai Jianjiang and Cathay Pacific Chief
Executive Philip Chen, Air China’s Air China Companion members will be
able to earn and redeem miles when flying on Cathay Pacific-operated
services world-wide. Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles members will be able to
do the same when flying with Air China to destinations in the Chinese
Mainland and overseas. The co-operation will come into effect in the
third quarter of this year.
As well as being able to redeem free airline tickets, miles from both
programmes can be used to obtain a wide range of other rewards.
The Air China Companion programme has more than 2.4 million members
holding Silver, Gold and Platinum Companion cards. The programme is
partnered with a number of airlines, luxury hotel groups such as
Marriott, InterContinental and Mandarin Oriental, as well as with
telecommunication and car rental companies. It also offers a co-branded
Air China Companion credit card with a number of banks.
Asia Miles has more than 240 partners in 9 categories. They include
airlines, finance and insurance, hotels, telecommunications, cars and
transport, retail, dining, travel and leisure and health and beauty.
Cathay Pacific and Air China’s co-operation on frequent flyer programmes
offers a wider choice of rewards across a greater number of categories
to customers of both airlines. This will strengthen both Air China and
Cathay Pacific as preferred carriers and benefit them in their
respective home bases.