Program Values: The Asian Miler Point System
Not all loyalty programs are made equal. Indeed, the sheer number of Asian airlines make it challenging to choose. Assessing program values is hard, but it doesn’t have to be.
And so Asian Miler summarizes its own loyalty program valuations here (subject to updated evaluations). We only list out what we consider most noteworthy to simplify matters. After taking these into account we hope you can then better plan your travel strategies.
The Asian Miler Valuation System
Loyalty programs have varying base units, from points to miles to nights. To simplify matters Asian Miler bases all point values from 0 (worthless) upwards. We denote everything in terms of Asian Miler Points (AMPs). In other words:
A program worth 4 AMPs is twice as valuable as another worth 2 AMPs.
It’s that simple!
This way, we can do simple comparisons without worrying about currency conversions. After all, travel hacking is about not worrying about the convoluted system of points. Rewards systems should be simple enough for you to redeem that next dream vacation or coveted premium suite.
New Update: April 2019
Airline Frequent Flyer
|Program||New AMP||Old AMP||Notes|
|Singapore KrisFlyer||2.00||2.00||devalued January 2019|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||1.95||1.90|
|Asiana Club||1.90||1.85||10-year expiry|
|ANA Mileage Club||1.70||1.65|
|JAL Mileage Bank||1.70||1.65|
|Malaysia Enrich||1.15||1.10||heavily devalued June 2017|
|Philippine Mabuhay Miles||1.40||1.30|
|Cebu Pacific GetGo||0.60||0.50|
|Alaska Mileage Plan||2.25||2.20|
Main adjustment (January & April 2019): Programs other than KrisFlyer have increased in relative value vis-a-vis KrisFlyer devaluation
Credit Card Rewards
|Program||New AMP||Old AMP||Notes|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards, regional||2.00||–||up to x10 category earning, no expiry|
|DBS Points, Singapore||1.90||–||up to x3 category earning, no expiry|
|UOB UNI$, Singapore||1.85||–|
|HSBC Rewards, the Philippines||0.95||–||up to x4 category earning|
|EastWest Platinum Rewards, the Philippines||0.65||–|
|EastWest Limitless Rewards, the Philippines||0.50||–|
New Development (April 2019): DBS Points now also convertible to Qantas Points.
Hotel and Lodging Stays
|Program||New Amp||Old AMP||Notes|
|Marriott Bonvoy||0.90||0.75||subsumed Starwood Preferred Guest (1:3)|
|World of Hyatt||1.60||1.70|
|Expedia+ Points||0.40||0.40||no expiry|
Main adjustment (January 2019): Marriott Bonvoy merge with SPG completed, rules for earning and redemption have almost settled down
Note: Hotel rewards are not perfectly equivalent, especially when used for airline miles transfers (e.g. mostly 3 Bonvoy = 1 mile, mostly 2.5 Hyatt = 1 mile).
Asian Miler evaluates the programs and assigns AMPs based on the following criteria, in no particular order:
- Earning Potential: the variety of options in gaining loyalty points or miles
- Rewards Options: the range of opportunities to spend points or miles on flights or physical goods
- Convertibility: liquidity of loyalty points or miles into another program’s currency
- Barriers to Redemption: the difficulty of spending points or miles into a reward attributable to availability, fees and other factors
- Store of Value: the enduring usable value of a program point or mile as complicated by length of validity and impact of devaluations
- Soundness: assurance of the program’s continued existence and utility
Note that the point valuation system does not consider the value of status with any loyalty program and any perks that may come along with it. Bear in mind that these assessments only offer an estimated value of one unit point or mile.
Asian Miler makes no definitive claim as to the monetary value of each program currency. These values are for reference purposes only.