Cheap Deal Alert: Cathay Pacific Business Class From Hong Kong to Shanghai 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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Everything You Need To Know About Cathay Pacific Premium Economy

I recently had the opportunity to fly from Hong Kong to New York in Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of everything you need to know about Cathay’s Premium Economy product.

IMG_0112Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Hong Kong Airport

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Some Things About Alvin’s Rebuttal…

Alvin recently wrote a post responding to my reaction to Hong Kong Airlines’ attempt to enter the Hong Kong to Canada market. I must say, it’s certainly very well written – and is also stacked with a bunch of good roasts. However, as we are, at the end of the day, the Young Bickerers Travelers of Hong Kong, I thought I’d reply to Alvin and pick apart some of his points, just as he has oh-so-kindly picked apart mine.


I’m somewhere under the drinking the age, so I’ll be sipping my mocktail in the corner.

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Review: Cathay Dragon A330 Economy Class Fukuoka to Hong Kong

I recently took a quick trip from Hong Kong to Fukuoka during my Christmas break on Cathay Dragon, which was the first time I’ve flown on the airline since it was rebranded from Dragonair. I thought I’d review to cover some of the changes in the passenger experience that have come as part of the rebranding. 


After arriving at Fukuoka Airport, I made my way to the Cathay Dragon check-in counters. As Fukuoka is served by both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, both airlines share check-in staff. Prior to actually lining up for a counter, passenger bags are screened by airport security personnel. Unfortunately, the airport only allocated one scanner for our flight, which meant that there was a huge line. Thankfully, I was fast-tracked to the front of the queue thanks to my Marco Polo Silver status.

IMG_6858.jpgCathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon Fukuoka Airport Check In 

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It’s On! Cathay vs. Hong Kong Airlines, Round One

Hong Kong Airlines has now published their introductory fares for flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver, and they’re spectacular.

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Yep. You saw that right. Hong Kong Airlines are now offering flights to Vancouver from HK$3,700 in Economy Class. That’s the price of a Cathay Pacific Economy Class ticket to Bangkok! Business Class is priced at a very reasonable HK$16,130, which is cheaper than several Premium Economy fares for travel between the two markets.

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