Cathay Pacific unlocks 'early bird' business class fares for 2019

By Brandon Loo, September 25 2018

Start planning your 2019 travel schedule this month and you can land some great business class fares through Cathay Pacific's 'early bird' deals.

On sale from now through to October 31, these competitively-priced fares apply across selected dates between March 1 and November 30, 2019.

Business class return to London: under $6,000

A sampling of Cathay's cut-price business class deals shows sharp prices to London; from Sydney it's $5,776 return, including taxes, with Melbourne from $5,760, Brisbane from $5,782 and Perth from $5,410.

There's a swath of European destinations around the $5,000 mark from some Australian cities, with premium economy available to the UK and Europe for about $3,000 return.

Business class return to the USA from low-$7,000’s

If you're headed stateside, Cathay Pacific's 'early bird' business class return fares to New York range start at $7,413 from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and an appealingly low $7,067 from Perth.

With Cathay now running direct flights between Hong Kong and Washington DC on its new Airbus A350-1000, those fares kick off at $7,188 from Sydney.

There are many significant advantages for Australians flying to the US via Hong Kong, including avoiding LAX, and that's always a plus.

Read: Six reasons to fly to New York via Hong Kong

Wherever you're bound, you’ll enjoy Cathay Pacific's highly-regarded business class seat...

... with many routes (including selected flights from Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, as well as services to London, Europe and the USA) featuring the latest business class suites and premium economy seats of Cathay's growing Airbus A350 fleet.

Read: Five things we love about Cathay Pacific’s A350

Some Boeing 777’s also have a compact first class cabin, to which you can upgrade with Asia Miles.

Earning points and status credits

These discounted 'early bird' business class tickets will usually book into Cathay Pacific's I-class fare category. A Sydney to London return trip could net you Silver status in either the Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club or Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme.

Loyalty Program Points earned Status Credits earned Status benefits
Qantas Frequent Flyer 26,000 Qantas Points 360 Status Credits Enough to achieve Qantas Silver
Marco Polo Club 28,120 Asia Miles 320 Club Points Enough to achieve Marco Polo Silver

The Marco Polo Club's Silver tier is equivalent to Qantas Silver as far as the Oneworld alliance goes, but if you're going to be doing a lot of flying with Cathay Pacific or its regional offshoot Cathay Dragon, Marco Polo Silver offers the advantage of access to Cathay's business class lounges prior to any Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flight, even in economy.

Read more: Your guide to Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club loyalty program

Brandon Loo

Brandon divides his time between Perth and Launceston, with ample hours spent in airport lounges in between. He recently picked up photography and tries to capture the beauty of Tasmanian landscapes, aeroplane cabins and in-flight food, to varying degrees of success.

Explorer12

Explorer12

25 Sep 2018

Total posts 3

Damn I already booked :(((

Geoffair

Geoffair

04 May 2018

Total posts 45

Don't find on Cx website are they restricted to MPC?

David

David

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2334

Offers are listed on the homepage, but see https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_AU/offers/collection/2019-earlybird-sale.html for details ...

Geoffair

Geoffair

04 May 2018

Total posts 45

As usual you can't book a multi trip flight on their site - it refuses to accept a stop at Hkg of two weeks.

Why do Cathay always have programmes (&programmers!) who don't work?

No wonder they make a loss - just get decent programmes and we can all book online!

Dan22

Dan22

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 55

Didn’t realise A350-1000 could make that distance!

nix584

nix584

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

Total posts 250

HKG-IAD is more than 2000km's under the A350-1000's max range.

rnickey mouse

rnickey mouse

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Jan 2018

Total posts 12

While I bought SYD to LAX via TPE on China Airlines for $3,860 return. 1 2 1 configuration in business suites and who wouldn't want a quaint bedside lamp with a claw foot?

Traveller14

Traveller14

17 Sep 2015

Total posts 391

Agree. Second tier, lesser known carriers often offer better value, provided that their recent (last decade) safety record is good.

I have bought cheaper on CI and PR and been pretty satisfied, whereas CX flight attendants' service can be hit or miss in my limited experience (four sectors only) on it.


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