A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Cathay Pacific releases first class award space.
Cathay Pacific First Class
As it stands Cathay Pacific first class awards have gotten much harder to secure from the U.S.
- With only 6 seats and no more 747s (that had 9 seats), there are just fewer seats to go around.
- They used to frequently offer 2 award seats per flight early on, now they offer just 1
- If you want a second seat (or more) you’ll expect to see it only if there are seats left within a week of travel.
Like Singapore Airlines A380 Suites, awards are much easier to get between Europe and Asia than between the US and Asia.
There was a discussion yesterday on Flyertalk about Cathay Pacific’s award availability within 6 days of departure. The worry was it was no longer available to partners. And not just first class, business class also.
Cathay Pacific Business Class
It seems to be, however, that British Airways isn’t showing Cathay Pacific awards within 6 days of departure but the space is there.
Here’s award availability searched via Qantas (American doesn’t show Cathay space on its website). There’s plenty of first class award space for at least one passenger over the next few days.
And there’s also flights with business class award availability as well.
It just doesn’t show up at BA.com. Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles can book it. American AAdvantage can book it. And you can still see the space on the Qantas website.
So don’t expect to use British Airways Avios close-in for Cathay Pacific, at least right now. And don’t rely on the British Airways website for Cathay Pacific award searches within 6 days of travel.