Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
Total posts 204
I'm looking at possibly spoiling the much better looking half to a trip to HK for New Years.
Has anyone traveled on CX's Premium Economy seats? I've found a review on here of SQ's PE Product, but nothing about CX's...
Has anyone traveled both and can compare?
SQ is definitely the cheaper option but will take longer, so if CX's option is significantly better, maybe it'd be worth the slightly higher outlay.
And then, if I manage to stumble into a money pit, how would you compare the Business Class options against each other?
What would you do?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 345
Depends on what port you leave and what aircraft you take.
Member since 21 Apr 2016
Total posts 7
If you are considering Premium Economy - do not waste the money on the CX product. The SQ product is much much better - better seating, better meals and better overall experience. I found the CX product to be only marginally better than Economy.
Member since 03 Nov 2014
Total posts 127
I've not done SQ, but I preferred Qantas & Virgin Premium Economy over CX. Was still good, but a little expensive for what it was...
Member since 20 Jun 2014
Total posts 38
You need to go and look the reviews on a blog like One Mile At A Time. A lot of people here (myself included) have flown one or the other so can't really compare both. CX flys 3 aircraft from MEL to HKG, the A350, B777 and A330. The A350 is quite new and the most impressive of the three if you have a choice. The B777 and A330 are a bit older, still quite nice but lacking a bit of the polish of the A350. I personally think premium economy is worth the extra money on Cathay but its a personal choice. I like the leg rests and wider seat, it actually gives you some chance of sleep and/or a bit more room to work. Business class is fantastic and if you can stretch to it, makes the trip more of an occasion, especially with lounge access at both ends.
Member since 26 Jul 2015
Total posts 26
Just my 2 bobs worth. Background; I’ve flown CX PE on A330
& B777 SYD/LHR in 2015, SQ PE A350 2 months ago, QF PE A380 in 2013 and
also PE in VA & VX in their initial iteration. I think in terms of food,
seat & space perception I would rate QF above the others I have tried, but
not by a huge margin. The main reason I haven’t flown PE again with QF since
2013 is that I have found their PE fares to be far more expensive than SQ or CX
to the same destination.
For me, the reason
I’m willing to spend more money on PE is primarily for extra space over Y (can’t
always afford J ☹), esp for long haul and from my perspective the CX
and SQ hard (and soft) product is pretty similar. Some say the food comes from
Y, but that hasn’t been my experience. I did notice though that the SQ drinks
trolley continued through Y after PE – can’t remember with CX. Also, when I
flew SQ PE from BCN to SIN there was no ‘book the cook’ option at that time
(flight was swapped from a B777 to the new A350 a few months before my
departure); food was good anyway. The clarity (and size) of the SQ A350 IFE was
fantastic when compared to their own A380 & B777 product. I’ve also done Y
in SQ A350 and the IFE clarity was the same.
Some don’t like not having a
dedicated toilet in PE, but as far as I’m concerned, some incidental exercise
is a good thing. Some also complain about not having lounge access, but not an
issue for me having FF status with both and PP. Sure, the SQ A350 product is newer compared to
CX A330 or B777, but I would be satisfied with either and if the same price
then direct with CX would be an added attraction – although if QF was the same
price I’d consider that too. Hope you
and the “better looking half” have a great flight.
sorry....just noticed you're flying ex-MEL- can't comment on the CX A350 PE product. Also noticed you wondered about J, having flown J on SQ A380 and CX A330 & B777 I'd be happy with either, in fact I'm happy to be in J anytime with any of the major airlines! My only comment is that I feel more comfortable sleeping on the CX hard product that SQ's - while the SQ J seat appears huge, I just find sleeping at an angle to be somewhat awkward; a 1st world problem I know........
Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club
Member since 07 Jul 2017
Total posts 4
A direct flight rather than a layover in Singapore (then a 4hr flight to HK) will be the better option than the marginal difference in PE product between SQ and CX. The PE product on CX's A350 (and the aircraft itself) is a leg-up on their A330 and B777 if the scheduling works for you.
Member since 01 Mar 2017
SQ - hands down.
Member since 15 Dec 2016
Total posts 171
There's no good way to redeem SQ business except you can accept regional angled seat when book through United MileagePlus.
Comparison of CX vs. SQ business from Australian East Coast to Hong Kong:
CX business has great availability through Alaska Airlines. Who can beat $1,000 one-way (30,000 miles + taxes & fees + $16.45 partner booking fee imposed by Alaska) business class?
On the other hand, SQ business charge at least $1,300+ one-way (58,000 miles + taxes & fees + no more 15% discount when booking online + saver rarely available or on waitlist), which means KrisFlyer is not good for redemption when cash fares on SQ business now can be found at $3500 return to HKG sometimes.
Member since 30 Jun 2016
Total posts 11
I've only flown CX PE on the A330.
Hi Guest, join in the discussion on
Opinions on Cathay Pacific premium economy
Already have an ET account? Log in below.
Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you
interact with our community. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to
Didn’t receive an activation email? Resend one to yourself here.
If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address
below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.
If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.
Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox