This morning, Neo Financial announced a partnership with Cathay Pacific to launch a card later this year. Upon its debut, it will be the only card in Canada that directly earns Asia Miles in Canada.
Details of the card’s welcome bonus and earning structure have also been released, although some particulars, such as the card’s annual fee, issuer, and network, have yet to be confirmed.
Neo Financial Partners with Cathay Pacific
Neo Financial and Cathay Pacific have announced a partnership, and together, will launch a card later this year.
Information about the card, as well as the option to add your name to a waitlist, is currently available on the Neo Financial website. Here’s what we know so far.
Upon its debut, the card will become the only one in Canada that directly earns Asia Miles.
When it launches this fall, the new Cathay Pacific card will offer a welcome bonus of up to 45,000 Asia Miles, which is structured as follows:
- Earn 15,000 Asia Miles upon activating the card
- Earn 30,000 Asia Miles upon spending $3,000 (CAD) within three months of activating the card
The earning rates for Neo’s Cathay Pacific card will be as follows:
- Earn 2 Asia Miles per dollar spent on Cathay Pacific flights
- Earn 2 Asia Miles per dollar spent outside Canada
- Earn 1 Asia Mile per dollar spent elsewhere
You’ll also be able to earn 5x Asia Miles through Neo’s partners, as well as up to 15x Asia Miles for first-time purchases at select partners. The list of partners at which you can earn 5x or more Asia Miles isn’t publicly available.
As part of the introductory offer, you’ll receive a 10% discount on Cathay Pacific flights departing Canada.
Regarding other perks and benefits, the exact details are scarce; however, cardholders can expect to receive the following:
- Emergency medical care, trip cancellation, lost luggage, and other insurance coverage
- Access to airport lounges around the world
- Wi-Fi at hotspots worldwide and in-flight on select airlines
- Protection from unauthorized charges
To be eligible for the upcoming Cathay Pacific card, you must have a minimum personal income of $80,000 (CAD), or a minimum household income of $150,000 (CAD).
If you don’t meet the income requirements, or if you’d like to work on building up your credit score, Neo Financial will also offer a secured version of the card. As it stands, it’ll offer the same welcome bonus as the unsecured version of the card.
If you’re interested in either version of the card, head to the landing page and place your name on the waitlist to be notified when the card officially launches.
Neo Financial’s First Foray into Airline Loyalty Programs
The news of Neo Financial launching a Cathay Pacific card in Canada later this year is a bit of a surprise.
It’s worth noting that Neo Financial has also partnered with Air Miles for mortgages.
Currently, it’s not clear what the card’s annual fee will be, although it’s likely to fall into the range of other mid-tier cards at $120–150 (CAD).
The earning rate through Neo Financial’s partners is particularly intriguing. While the exact breakdown of which partners offer elevated earning rates isn’t available, it could certainly be worthwhile to explore, especially if a large first-time purchase could score up to 15x Asia Miles.
It will be interesting to find out exactly what the lounge access parameters are. For example, will it just include a membership, or will there be complimentary lounge visits available to cardholders?
As for the Wi-Fi benefit, it’s likely to be through Boingo, which will offer cardholders 12 complimentary 90-minute sessions on flights per year, as well as unlimited Wi-Fi at Boingo hotspots worldwide.
In any case, the upcoming launch of the Cathay Pacific card has shaken things up in the Canadian credit card landscape.
Neo Financial has announced the upcoming launch of a Cathay Pacific credit card later this year. Upon its launch, it will become the only card in Canada that directly earns Asia Miles.
If you’re interested in the card, be sure to add your name to the waitlist available on the Neo Financial website. It’s expected that the card will launch later this year.
This represents Neo Financial’s first foray into airline loyalty programs, and more details about the card are expected to follow shortly.