Old Jan 14, 19, 6:29 am
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: London
Programs: BAEC, EK Skywards, WY Sindbad, Marriott 'Bonvoy' :/, IHG, Hilton Honors, Golden Circle
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CX is perfectly at liberty to do what they like with award availability, the approach lately seeming to be to try to maximize revenue on short haul flights but not on long haul (which is slightly odd, really). It has become very difficult to predict whether short haul routes will have seats released or not even on comparably empty flights whereas they still seem to be releasing all available F/J seats for redemption on long haul flights a few days before departure like clockwork.

I had no issue getting an LHR-HKG F redemption at the last minute a few weeks ago (literally every flight other than one that was sold out in F had availability for the three days around my departure date), but trying to get a HKG-BKK flight later in the week with Avios was a nightmare and I ended up having to take a sub-optimal late night flight on a short haul configuration in J, as that was all that became available.
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