Just a few days ago I wrote about the steps that were necessary in order to book Cathay Pacific business class awards.
- Non-stop flights to and from Hong Kong were not showing many awards available using partner airline miles (like American AAdvantage, British Airways, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan)
- They were available using Cathay Pacific’s own Asia Miles (which is a transfer partner of American Express and Citibank)
- But partner programs could see the space if you asked for connecting flights such as “New York to Bangkok on Cathay Pacific” the New York – Hong Kong and Hong Kong – Bangkok flights would both show available.
- There are some strategies for dealing with this ‘married segment’ logic if all you wanted was Hong Kong which I detailed.
There’s good news now, though. Non-stop business class awards on Cathay Pacific are available for partners to book again.
The Qantas website is showing business class award space available again (along with first class, premium economy, and coach which had already been showing up).
Award space shows up at the British Airways ba.com site as well, and is visible to other partners.
I called American and they appear to be seeing the same space. So book away!