Cathay Pacific first class is a fantastic product. There are only 6 seats in the cabin, and the bed is very comfortable. It used to be easy to get a couple of award seats but now they usually release just one first class award in advance and then if seats go substantially unsold more seats will become available close to departure.
Points M.D. reaches out to let me know that right now there’s as many as four first class award seats on Cathay Pacific, New York JFK – Hong Kong.
- The award space shows up searching New York JFK – Bangkok, but not if you search just New York JFK – Hong Kong
- You can find it on the British Airways website (ba.com)
- You need to search for just one award seat, and the availability shows up. If you search for more than one seat it shows up as unavailable.
This appears to be true for several months booked far in advance. I haven’t done a comprehensive search but Points MD flagged October and it shows up after that too. And it seems to be the case most days other than Saturdays.
Seats that show up at BA.com may be bookable over the phone with American. I managed to get them to find seats for me when I called, though Points MD mentions that while he successfully booked for himself one of the days he asked about the American agent couldn’t find space for even though it appeared available on the British Airways website.
Here’s an example:
And in January:
Cathay Pacific doesn’t usually release more than one first class award seat at a time, at least when booking far in advance. And their product is excellent, this is an opportunity worth jumping on. Note as well that departing Cathay Pacific first class passengers from New York JFK have access to American’s Flagship Dining there. And of course in Hong Kong inbound first class passengers can use the first class section of The Pier (as well as The Wing).
There doesn’t appear to be any ‘extra’ space in the other direction (Bangkok – New York JFK) but booking Japan Airlines first remains an option to get home.
The search here will become frustrating for some, many of you will give up in frustration, but I wanted to flag this because some bookings are indeed possible right now.
If you do manage to find an agent that can book something for you have them use your first and middle name as well as last name on the ticket, Cathay Pacific has been insisting on that.