Instant Upgrade Awards

Now you can redeem miles for an Instant Upgrade Award and experience the luxury of flying in First, Business or Premium Economy Class on Cathay Pacific, or in First or Business Class on Dragonair. Instant Upgrade Awards are available on:

  • All Cathay Pacific flights departing from worldwide destinations.
  • All Dragonair flights departing from 21 destinations: Bangaluru (Bangalore), Beijing, Busan, Da Nang, Dhaka, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Kaohsiung, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Taichung, Taipei and Yangon

For exact redemption amounts, please refer to the Asia Miles Award Charts.

How to redeem your Instant Upgrade Award

Cathay Pacific or Dragonair

  • At airports worldwide: Please make your request when checking in for your flight.

To ensure quick processing, please have your membership card, booking reference number and ticket(s) ready.

If you do not have enough miles to redeem an Instant Upgrade Award and are flying from HKIA, you may purchase up to 30% of the remaining miles you require with Asia Miles Top-Up.

Terms and conditions

  1. Instant Upgrade Awards are only available for flights marketed and operated by Cathay Pacific or Dragonair. 
  2. Instant Upgrade Awards are subject to the member's account having adequate mileage. Asia Miles Top-Up is available only at Hong Kong International Airport and to members who have at least 70% of the required mileage in their account. 
  3. (Effective 5 December 2012) Instant Upgrade Awards are valid in eligible fare classes:
    • J, C, D, I (Business Class) for upgrades to First Class 
    • W, R (Premium Economy Class) for upgrades to Business Class
    • Y, B, H, K, M (Economy Class) for upgrades to Premium Economy Class (for flights with Premium Economy Class) 
    • Y, B, H, K, M (Economy Class) for upgrades to Business Class (for flights without Premium Economy Class only)
  4. Instant Upgrade Awards are subject to seat availability and airport conditions on departure. 
  5. Members can redeem Instant Upgrade Awards for their redemption group nominees when they travel together with members on the same flight.
  6. Instant Upgrade Awards for ‘Redemption Group Nominees’ will not be accepted if their names have not been registered in advance. Please allow at least 24 hours for names to be updated. 
  7. Names of ‘Redemption Group Nominees’ that appear in reservations must exactly match the names registered with Asia Miles. 
  8. Instant Upgrade Awards cannot be used in conjunction with any promotional offers.
  9. Instant Upgrade Awards are not applicable to any onward connecting flights other than the first flight from the departure port.
  10. Other Asia Miles terms and conditions apply.