This thread on Flyertalk is reporting that Cathay Pacific’s first class award inventory has opened wide up on the Toronto-Hong Kong route over the next year. I haven’t checked this out myself yet, but thought I’d offer the tip.
Return flights will still be hard, but mix it up and fly Japan Air Line on the way back or even American if you have to.
If accurate, it’s a huge award redemption opportunity. Take those American Airlines miles (or other oneworld partner miles), fly first to Toronto and on to Hong Kong, Cathay’s First Class is surely worth it. And the opportunity surely won’t last.
Update: One Mile at a Time adds more:
I wouldn’t call it “wide open,” but availability is still good. Usually a couple days a week are open for the time I was looking, although during busier travel I often found nothing.The best part about this, and what makes it so incredibly rare, is that some flights have two F awards available! Keep in mind that this is on the 777-300ER, which only has six seats in first class, not to mention that this is the new F cabin.