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Cathay Pacific (CX) Award Redemption, Booking and Availability – 2017 and Later

Cathay Pacific (CX) Award Redemption, Booking and Availability – 2017 and Later

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Cathay Award Guide Using Alaska Airlines Miles

Note: Cathay flights cannot be booked using alaskaair.com. Mileage requirements in chart form available on alaskaair.com.

Request your Partner Award reservation on Cathay Pacific by calling Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services) 5:00 a.m. - Midnight (PT), daily.
Routing Rules:
  • If it's not on the award chart, it's not allowed. For example EUROPE is To/From HKG only.
  • Stopover are only allowed on any CX award for North America awards as destination or origin. For instance: intra-Asia awards do not get a stopover. It must be a North America->Somewhere or Somewhere->North America award to qualify for a stopover.
  • The only awards that do not break at HKG are intra-Asia or North American ones. For instance, Australia-Europe/Middle East/Asia outside of HKG will be two awards (breaking at HKG). The AS award chart can be misleading about this and give you the impression you can fly an award like Australia/Europe-ICN, but the chart for these award types will show "Hong Kong".
  • One stop-over allowed on one way award. You can build open jaw and other advanced routings by booking multiple one way awards. Please note change fee rule below.
  • Allegedly stop-over only in Hong Kong, but some have posted success in other enroute cities such as YVR or SEA.
  • As of 5 June 2018 changes/cancellations made to a booking will incur a $125 fee which is waived for MVPG/MVPG75K. Bookings made prior to 5 June will be allowed one complimentary change or cancellation for up to 60 days prior to date of travel.
  • Awards can be booked 330 days in advance.
  • Cathay and Alaska (or an Alaska flight operated by SkyWest/Horizon on behalf of Alaska) are the only airlines allowed on a Cathay award. No other partner airlines may be used on a single award (e.g. American, JAL, Emirates).

North American Gateway Cities:

Western
Vancouver
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Seattle (Spring 2019)

Eastern (Can not be used if traveling to west coast)
Boston
Chicago
New York (JFK & EWR)
Toronto
Washington

Award Chart Links*:

Asia
Australia
Europe
India/Middle East
North America


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Old May 21, 18, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by jamienbaker View Post


Don’t understand. What did you book? If BA showing 4 F seats JFKHKG segment than that is phantom. How many seats did you ultimately book?
I saw 4 CX F seats available for JFK-HKG-BKK on BA's site. When I called AS, the agent could not see F availability for the whole routing, only JFK-HKG. I asked her to look at the segments separately and she was able to see HKG-BKK availability for the flight I wanted. She booked each separately and then married them into one reservation.
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Old May 21, 18, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by ralph4878 View Post
I saw 4 CX F seats available for JFK-HKG-BKK on BA's site. When I called AS, the agent could not see F availability for the whole routing, only JFK-HKG. I asked her to look at the segments separately and she was able to see HKG-BKK availability for the flight I wanted. She booked each separately and then married them into one reservation.
I think we all want to know how many F award seats were you able to obtain for JFK-HKG for this one flight.
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Old May 22, 18, 12:17 am
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Originally Posted by eponymous_coward View Post


It’s Middle East/India @62.5k, where else would it be? Look at a map... It’s WEST of India. Apparently bloggers don’t read maps, or they’re doing the “HUCA and find the weak link” trick the way they used to do with US to get cheaper awards. I don’t doubt that bloggers would argue that LGW is in Asia if they could get away with it...
Thank you for your response, appreciate it!
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Old May 22, 18, 4:32 am
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Originally Posted by seawolf View Post
I think we all want to know how many F award seats were you able to obtain for JFK-HKG for this one flight.
I only grabbed one as I am traveling solo!
It was for January 3rd.
I just looked at availability now on BA's website...all gone .
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Old May 22, 18, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by ralph4878 View Post
I only grabbed one as I am traveling solo!
It was for January 3rd.
I just looked at availability now on BA's website...all gone .
Clearly phantom. Grabbing a single award is gratifying though hardly newsworthy, but grabbing four far out would prove an epic development.
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Old May 22, 18, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by jamienbaker View Post


Clearly phantom. Grabbing a single award is gratifying though hardly newsworthy, but grabbing four far out would prove an epic development.
My guess is the usual O/D phantom. F1 connecting to flight with J4 which looks like 4F all the way through
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Old May 22, 18, 9:32 am
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I wish people stop claiming that they saw 4F on BA. Try to change to 4 passengers and see if you still show 4F...
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Old May 22, 18, 10:09 am
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I wish people stop claiming that they saw 4F on BA. Try to change to 4 passengers and see if you still show 4F...
AGREE! Except inside of 24 hours, of course
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Old May 22, 18, 10:17 am
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Which Intra Asia route would likely have the most routes / Availability to YYZ via HKG on CX? Ultimately I don't mind doing a Y class cash ticket from DPS to that location for more availability/route options back to YYZ on J class x2.
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Old May 22, 18, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by pointsbrah View Post
Which Intra Asia route would likely have the most routes / Availability to YYZ via HKG on CX? Ultimately I don't mind doing a Y class cash ticket from DPS to that location for more availability/route options back to YYZ on J class x2.
YYZHKG availability will not be impacted by intra-Asian award availability. So the question isn't relevant.

The only case I can see where this might matter is from a SCHEDULING perspective. For example, if there was availability on the 1700~ departure HKGYYZ, you would need to position in HKG the day before given when DPSHKG operates. Alternatively, a DPSSIN paid ticket will be less expensive than DPSHKG. So in theory, you could position to SIN the night before, and then start your CX award there in the morning. Same with positioning in BKK.

But again, none of this impacts availability HKGYYZ.

EDIT - I know there have been sporadic reports of married segment logic at CX, but I've not found this to be the case myself. I remain of the view that the OP's question is irrelevant.
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Old May 22, 18, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by jamienbaker View Post
YYZHKG availability will not be impacted by intra-Asian award availability. So the question isn't relevant.

The only case I can see where this might matter is from a SCHEDULING perspective. For example, if there was availability on the 1535 departure HKGYYZ, you would need to position in HKG the day before given when DPSHKG operates. Alternatively, a DPSSIN paid ticket will be less expensive than DPSHKG. So in theory, you could position to SIN the night before, and then start your CX award there in the morning. Same with positioning in BKK.

But again, none of this impacts availability HKGYYZ.

Understood - so best bet would just be to snag a HKG-YYZ J class x2 flight, and figure out a DPS-HKG flight later.
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Old May 22, 18, 10:40 am
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Understood - so best bet would just be to snag a HKG-YYZ J class x2 flight, and figure out a DPS-HKG flight later.
I would ABSOLUTELY lock DOWN HKGYYZ right now. Ridiculous not to do so.

However, if you're on a budget and the cost of adding the HKGDPS award at a later date doesn't appeal to you ($125, IIRC sans status), you could possibly lock down SINHKGYYZ right now, and buy a ticket DPSSIN (2 hr flight) for less than $125 on Air Asia. Regardless, you're going to need to position somewhere the night before, given when DPSHKG operates. SIN hotels are cheaper than HKG, based on my experience.

Point is, DPSSIN is a cheap ticket. DPSHKG usually isn't (flight is over 2x longer).

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Old May 22, 18, 10:42 am
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Understood - so best bet would just be to snag a HKG-YYZ J class x2 flight, and figure out a DPS-HKG flight later.
Not necessarily. There may be more or cheaper LCC options closer to DPS, since HKG-DPS is close to USA/CA transcon length.

i would probably use SIN or CGK. CGK is an internal flight, SIN has multiple LCCs on the route (so LOTS of cheap options) and makes a nice stopover you could incorporate into your plans.
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Old May 22, 18, 10:44 am
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Not necessarily. There may be more or cheaper LCC options closer to DPS, since HKG-DPS is close to USA/CA transcon length.

i would probably use SIN or CGK. CGK is an internal flight, SIN has multiple LCCs on the route (so LOTS of cheap options) and makes a nice stopover you could incorporate into your plans.
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Old May 22, 18, 11:07 am
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What I would do:

1) Lock down SINHKGYYZ award, if available. Purchase $113 USD ticket HKGSIN on Air Asia. Take 0900 or 1325 departure to SIN. Explore, have crazy good dinner. Stay over.
2) If DPSHKG award becomes available, and assuming a preference for HKG, discard Air Asia ticket, eat cost of Alaska re-ticketing fee, fly to HKG on CX. Downside (in addition to forfeited cost) is DPSHKG gets in on the later side....makes it tough but not impossible for dinner. Take train to W Hotel. Enjoy one last energetic night.

So easy.

EDIT - ANOTHER PLUG FOR #1 - SINHKG possibly offers lay-flat seat in J, whereas DPSHKG is virtually guaranteed to be regional J.
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