Is Cathay’s New Upgrade Bid Program All That?

Cathay Pacific has announced that they are going to allow passengers to bid for one-class upgrades to its Premium Economy and Business Class on selected flights in a second scheme, branded as “Upgrade Bid”. I thought I would take a look at the program and offer some… umm… critiques on it.

IMG_7103.jpgCathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy 

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Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Economy Class Hong Kong to Haikou

After arriving at the airport from the Airport Express, I headed straight to security and immigration – which was a breeze – and got myself some Hong Kong-style milk tea and some really nice Japanese food at the Qantas lounge. My flight was departing from the North Satellite Terminal, which meant having to spend more time getting to the gate.

img_2045Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Entrance 

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OH NO: Finnair Cuts Free Business Class WiFi – A Rant

This is the literal definition of a first world problem. I’m still incredibly fortunate and glad to have been given the luxury of flying in Business Class, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little pissed by this. 

Note from Alvin: I am not an affected individual of this travesty and will shortly provide a follow-up and objective report of this new change. 😉


Finnair no longer offers free full-flight WiFi in Business Class. Instead, passengers are only given one hour of free WiFi – after which you’re supposed to pay either €7.95 for 1 hour of access, €11.95 for 3 hours of access or €19.95 for whole flight access. Previously, passengers received free WiFi for multiple devices for the duration of the entire flight.

IMG_0426.jpgFinnair Business Class WiFi Code

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How To Survive a 16 Hour Flight

Since I go to boarding school in New Jersey – I take a lot of ultra long-haul flights. While I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to fly in Premium Economy and Business cabins, I also do a fair bit of flying in Economy, so I thought I’d take a look at some little things that I do that make really long flights suck a little less.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Economy Class

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Cheap Deal Alert: Cathay Pacific Business Class From Shanghai to Newark for ~HKD17000

I have to get from home to school a lot now that I board in Hightstown, so I constantly see myself trying to get onto Newark-bound flights. While United flies between Hong Kong and Newark, elite status keeps me on Cathay Pacific, and I’ve flown the Hong Kong to Newark route in all available cabin classes (I’ve reviewed the flight in business and economy, so check out my remarkably similar flight from New York JFK to Hong Kong if you want to read a review of premium economy on the route).

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Hong Kong Airport

Being the savvy passenger I am, I decided to explore different routings to get to Newark in business class.

I went to Cathay Pacific’s website and headed to the “Book a Trip” section on their main page, and plugged in my routing, travel dates and preferred travel class.

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Part Of Why Cathay Pacific Is Losing Money

I’m currently planning a trip to Seoul in the Summer – and I’m deciding between flying Cathay Pacific or Korean Air. As a Cathay Pacific loyalist, my initial choice was to go with Cathay. At the end of the day, I get priority check-in, lounge access and priority boarding as a Marco Polo Silver member.

img_2543Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Economy Class

Just as a point of comparison, I made dummy bookings for both Cathay and Korean Air flights – and made this (not so shocking) discovery when I booked my flights – with a late night departure from Hong Kong and an evening departure from Seoul.

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More Thoughts on Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class

I recently flew between Hong Kong and Bangkok in Cathay Pacific’s Business Class, and I thought I’d share some interesting things about the flights. 


The Seat

I’ve defended Cathay’s regional Business Class in the past for being a perfectly adequate product for regional hops – and to some degree, that’s still very true. The shell seat design means that there’s a decent amount of personal space, and the seat itself is very wide and spacious.

IMG_8207.jpgCathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 Business Class Cabin 

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Cathay Pacific Introduces Dine on Demand

Cathay Pacific has announced that it will be trialing a Dine on Demand concept in Business Class on flights from Hong Kong to London Gatwick and Chicago. This comes after years of criticism surrounding Cathay’s Business Class catering – which many have criticised for its lack of flexibility and poor presentation. After all, competitors such as Qatar Airways have offered passengers freshly plated on demand meals in Business Class for quite a long time.

IMG_6413.jpgCathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Catering 

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Review: Cathay Pacific 899 777-300ER Economy Class Newark to Hong Kong

A couple of days ago, I flew from Newark to Hong Kong in Cathay’s Economy Class. Given that we haven’t reviewed much of Cathay’s long-haul Economy product, I thought I’d do a quick review here. 


Cathay Pacific operates out of Terminal B at Newark Airport, which is also used by Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air India, La Compagnie and SAS. Check-in counters open 4.5 hours prior to departure – although I’ve found that they will typically open up a couple of counters before check-in officially opens to accommodate early arriving passengers.

IMG_6334.jpgCathay Pacific Check-in Newark Airport

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The Best Seats in Cathay Pacific 777 Premium Economy

Given that I spend quite a bit of time travelling in Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy cabin, I thought I’d do a follow-up to my post about everything you needed to know about Cathay’s Premium Economy product – and take a look at the best and worst seats aboard Cathay’s 777-300ER aircraft.

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