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Excellent Cathay reward availability and minimal tax – Dusseldorf to Hong Kong

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I was originally going to discuss this as part of my Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf review yesterday, but I thought it deserved a wider audience.

Few people know that Cathay Pacific flies from Dusseldorf to Hong Kong.

You may wonder why you need to know this!  The answer is:

availability is amazing

taxes are minimal

I picked a random set of dates in January.  For the outbound, I can see EIGHT business class seats and TWO first class seats available for Avios redemption.

For the return, I can see SEVEN business class seats and TWO first class seats.

Looking at other dates in early 2015, 8 business class seats and 2 first class seats appears to be the standard release.

With a 12.35 departure time from Dusseldorf, you do not even need to stay over the night before as long as you get a very early flight from the UK.

When it comes to tax, you are only paying £92 return in business class.  This compares to well over £500 for a British Airways redemption in Club World – and Cathay Pacific has a substantially better reputation.

Cathay business class

The snag ….

The only downside is that you cannot use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher on Cathay Pacific.

ALL partner rewards are now treated as peak dates with BA.

This means that Dusseldorf to Hong Kong prices at 180,000 Avios + £92 return in Business Class.  (Cathay also flies from Amsterdam and Manchester, for completeness.)

On British Airways, it would be either 150,000 Avios or 180,000 Avios + £503 depending on whether it was a peak or off-peak day.   Cathay is still a better deal on this basis if you do not have a 2-4-1 voucher.

With a 2-4-1, you would be paying between 150,000 and 180,000 Avios + £1,006 on British Airways compared to 360,000 Avios + £184 with Cathay Pacific, for two people.

Of course, if you can’t get BA availability then it is a mute comparison – although you can usually get something into Chengdu or Kuala Lumpur and pay or redeem on Cathay for a connection to Hong Kong.

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Comments (31)

  • James67 says:

    Best value on CX is Alaska MP; 85k rtn J between HKG and any destination in Europe. LHR usually even easy enough to find decent availability.

    • Waribai says:

      Ok, but how to get Alaska miles apart from flying on them obviously!

      • Rob says:

        Credit BA flights for a start! They have loads of partners – do a search in the HFP search box and you’ll find an article I wrote.

      • James67 says:

        And the other easy options are SPG, or MR via SPG. However, given the conversion rate of MR to SPG is 2:1 it doesn’t make sense to generate mjority of Alaska miles from MR, but always an option if you just need a few thousand extra miles to reach a target.

  • Danksy says:

    Effectively this values 120,000 at £824 (assuming you have a 2f1 voucher); given the opportunity cost of the 2f1 voucher it realy does devalue it … I have one unused last year that will be expiring in Feb, and 2 more due to expire soon…..