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Cathay Pacific, the de facto flag carrier in Hong Kong, suffers from no shortage of blog coverage here in the United States. They have a great business- and first-class product, which I hope to try in the future. I have flown Cathay business and experienced four of their five (!!!) lounges in HKG, so if you’re looking for a review, look no further.

(READ MORE: The best Cathay Pacific business class lounge in Hong Kong Airport?)

We’ve covered their credit card before, but it has a temporarily increased signup bonus (50,000 Asia Miles), good through October 31st.  You can get to the card’s landing page here.  I do not receive a commission if you’re approved for this card as far as I know.

Card Overview

First off, this card is being offered through Synchrony Bank. This is not one of the bigger credit card issuers in the US, which is both a good thing (leaves room for other cards at more popular banks) and a bad thing (Synchrony who?). Beyond that, this card offers some interesting earning possibilities:

  • 2 Asia Miles per dollar spent on Cathay Pacific travel/in-flight purchases
  • 1.5 Asia Miles per dollar spent on dining in the US or aboard
  • 1.5 Asia Miles per dollar spent on purchases outside of the US
  • 1 Asia Miles per dollar on all other purchases

It also offers 50,000 points after you spend $2,500 within 90 days (offer good through October 31st), no foreign transaction fees, and complementary enrollment in Cathay’s Marco Polo Club at the Green tier. This card comes with a $95 annual fee, and that fee is NOT waived in the first year.

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What’s Marco Polo Club?

Marco Polo Club is one of Cathay’s two loyalty programs (the other being Asia Miles). Per the Cathay website:

Marco Polo Club is the loyalty [program] of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon that is designed to reward our most valuable customers with benefits and services that enhance their travel experience. There are four tiers in the club – Green, Silver, Gold, and Diamond – and each offers its members a range of privileges and benefits that make every journey something to look forward to.

With the Cathay card, your enrollment in the Green tier gets you:

  • The ability to redeem points for lounge access, extra legroom seats, and extra baggage;
  • More free checked baggage;
  • Designated check-in counters; and
  • Priority boarding

Normally, this would set you back $100 (not worth it, in my opinion!), but for free, it’s a nice benefit.

50,000 mile bonus?

The regular bonus of 25,000 Asia Miles wouldn’t get you very far, but with 50,000 Asia Miles, you’re starting to get somewhere. Take a look at the 6 best uses of Asia Miles or peek at the award chart:

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Especially if you’re playing in 2 player mode and both get this bonus.  You can transfer into Cathay Pacific Asia Miles from ThankYou points, American Express Membership Rewards and SPG points

[3 SPG transfer partners you do NOT want to use]

Cathay Pacific reconsideration phone number and application status

I did not see anywhere on the Internet that had a link for a Cathay Pacific credit card application status site.  I went to the Synchrony login page and could not find a way to check Cathay Pacific credit card application status.  I did the online chat and the agent gave me the following Cathay Pacific reconsideration phone number – 1-866-273-9026.  The agent was very nice, though told me that my application was still under review and I’d hear in 7-10 business days.

Are you going to be grabbing this card? If so, what will you use the 50,000 points for?

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