Cathay Pacific Award Travel

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djcz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Feb 2014

Total posts 131

Cathay Pacific Award Travel

Hi Guys, Are there any airlines (e.g. American, one world partners) that I can book Cathay Pacific flights from Brisbane to Hong Kong? I want to buy the miles to travel on the flights? Thanks

Yohy

Member since 20 Apr 2014

Total posts 8

Cathay and Qantas are the only carriers operating BNE-HKG, if you want to redeem points in either Asia Miles or Qantas you will be able to book on either carrier although the 'home' carrier is usually less points to redeem.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 761

That is not what the OP was asking.

For the OP, I'd suggest either AA or US, but I suggest you need to check availability before buying the points. I assume you are buying miles to travel J? 

I don't recall receiving an AA bonus points offer recently unfortunately. 

11sjw

Member since 11 Mar 2012

Total posts 159

Look at buying points with US Airways (can access Oneworld due to the merger with AA) if you can't purchase enough under your own name you can always set up an account for your Mum/Dad/friend/SigOther and have them Gift you points.  

No guarantee on seat availability though.  Best to be looking as far in advance as possible when booking.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

djcz,

If you are planning to buy and use Aadvantage miles to get from BNE to HKG, there are a multitude of permutations across the QF, CX, BA, MH and EY networks which you can try. The cost of the redemption will be the same regardless of whether it is a direct BNE/HKG flight or via other ports within Asia 2. Asia 2 is the term Aadvantage used for the following countries:

Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Saipan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Of course if you're Aadvantage Platinum and below, the best way is to book via the AA website. This booking method is free of charge i.e there is no admin fee of AUD 80.

However if you are desperate and there is no availablity on QF (the AA website does not allow you to book redemption flights with CX) then you will have to do it via the AA call centre and pay the AUD 80 (fee is exempt for Aadvantage Executive Platinum).

Possible itinerary include:

  • BNE/SYD (QF), SYD/HKG (QF/CX)
  • BNE/MEL (QF), MEL/HKG (QF/CX)
  • BNE/KUL (MH), KUL/HKG (MH/CX)
  • BNE/SIN (EY), SIN/HKG (CX)
  • BNE/PER (QF), PER/HKG (CX)
  • BNE/SYD (QF), SYD/MNL (QF), MNL/HKG (CX)

There are many other permutations you can try but the key is to route it via AU/NZ (AA defines AU and NZ as a single "country") and Asia 2. If you route via Tokyo (Asia 1) for example, then the redemption rates will be higher.

anonymous

Member since 24 Dec 2013

Total posts 105

No one's mentioned Alaska Airlines who have a promotion on buying miles at the moment which can then be used for CX award flights 

djcz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Feb 2014

Total posts 131

I checked that but I got an error message saying: 

We could not fulfill your request. This could be due to one or more of the following reasons:
  - There are flights, but all award space is taken.
  - There are no flights for the city pair entered.
  - There are no flights operating on the specific day of the week entered.
  - The routing requested may not be allowed.

To Reedem the Miles, I would probably have to phone up.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Another way for you to check Cathay availability is to sign up to BA Executive Club BAEC). Just record the UK as your country of residence. BAEC does not support members in Australia.

Once signed up, you can search CX as well as MH availability. Then call up Aadvantage and make a booking. If CX is available and they are able to book you on CX, try telling them you can't find CX availability via the AA website and ask if they might waive fees. Might not work but there is no hard asking.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 761

Did Alaskan introduce a policy of not acceping Australian credit cards to buy points?

MissBasset

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Aug 2012

Total posts 69

A real grab-bag of partner airlines from here and there! So many great possibilities. Does anyone know how many days to need to be a member before being allowed to buy miles? Can't see any mention on Alaskan site.

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