What is going on with CX partner award availability ex-Australia?

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Dec 2016

Total posts 171

I'm looking for 1 business class seat from MEL to HKG on CX (booking via Qantas points) in October.

Qantas showed NOTHING on CX for next 30+ days.
Checked on BA, no CX flights available either.
Then called Alaska for final check and they say they had nothing since end of June.
To make the matter worse, HKG-SIN awards on CX used to be plentiful (4-7 in business per flight and 4+ flights per day), and now only Malaysia shows up 1 or 2 business for 1 flight (via KUL) every 1-2 days.
I'm just wondering what matter is going on with CX award spaces?


Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 322

It appears to be an "enhancement". CX is no longer as generous with classic reward availability as they used to be.


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Aug 2017

Total posts 179

Yep, since June 22, when Cathay rejigged Asia Miles, there have been far fewer reward flights available, particularly on flights from Australia.

John Phelan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Oct 2011

Total posts 261

CX has just announced another loss in its annual financial report; perhaps it is wanting to maximise commercial fare sales rather than awards (for which they get paid also, but not at the same rate).


Member since 17 Jan 2013

Total posts 61

if you have a look 12 months out, they are releasing 4 business seats on most flights.

just booked ADL-JFK in august, and had truckloads of options.


Member since 23 Mar 2012

Total posts 41

I have been searching for one J class reward seat from SYD HKG SYD for the following 7 months ,day by day flight by flight absolutely nothing .As a Club member this is extremely frustrating .Prior to 22 June availability was quite good .now dismal in fact nonexistent.They marketed to their members that 20% more redemption seats would be made available after the changes ,this is simply not the case especially for Australian based members in fact there are no seats . I note several blogs complaining about the same issue also out of the US. Asiamiles is no longer a viable FF program especially for us residing in Australia . Seems like Adelaide is the way to go if you book 12 months out or maybe josephjohn84 won the lottery!


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Aug 2014

Total posts 10

I have just realised the same bad news, I booked myself to London return in J for May next year 12mths out not problems and plenty of choice in all classes. Am now looking to bring a friend over in economy to BNE in Sept/Oct next year and nothing at all. I can get her on the Qantas flight however its a shame for her to fly 27 hrs via SYD instead of 21directly into BNE. I'm QF Platinum and still no luck.

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