Cathay Pacific launches Dublin – a new low-tax Avios route to Hong Kong

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Cathay Pacific announced three new European routes to Hong Kong yesterday, including Dublin.

As Cathay Pacific is a member of the oneworld alliance, you can earn and spend Avios points on its flights.  This means that you now have far more opportunities to get to Asia.  These new routes will also save you substantial amounts in taxes and charges.

The new routes are:

Brussels – launching 25th March, 4 x weekly

Dublin – launching 2nd June, 4 x weekly

Copenhagen – launching 2nd May, Summer only, 3 x weekly

Cathay A350-900

All of these routes will be served by new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.   The airline currently has 18 of these aircraft with another four on the way this year.  Next year, 26 of the larger A350-1000 planes will begin to arrive.

In Business Class, you will get an updated version of the current Cathay Pacific seat.  It is a 1-2-1 layout with additional storage, additional knee room, a concealed water bottle holder and a second video screen (a 4 inch screen is built into the remote control).  The planes also have wi-fi.

Cathay A350 business class

In terms of Avios redemption, this is how it prices up in Business Class return:

Brussels – 180,000 Avios + £95.80

Dublin – 180,000 Avios + £81.80

Copenhagen – 150,000 Avios + £91.40

Note that Copenhagen is 30,000 Avios cheaper because it falls into a different pricing band, being nearer to Hong Kong than Brussels and Dublin.

Cathay Pacific appears to be releasing three Business Class seats per flight for Avios.  Availability is currently wide open.

Remember that Cathay Pacific also flies to Hong Kong from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester if you don’t want to start outside the UK, although taxes are higher and you may not get the new A350 seat.

It is about time we did a Cathay Pacific business class review on Head for Points …. let’s see what can be arranged.

You can find out more about timings etc on the Cathay Pacific website.  There is a special section discussing the new A350 aircraft which is here.

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  1. The 2 Cathay flights I took last year in J, from HKG to ICN and back, were by far the best redemptions I’ve ever made, both in terms of cost and experience. Just wish the flights has been longer.

  2. I flew HKG to LHR in F on Wednesday. Incredible lounges, fabulous flight, wonderful crew, amazingly spacious and comfy seat (with a massage button), amazing food and a 2008 Pauillac that kept me hiccuping all the way home! And they gave me the guided tour of the cockpit and the tree house! It was beyond awesome!

    For those that wanted more details, and gave up when they weren’t forthcoming within 24 hours, I did eventually reply. It’s on Wednesday’s mattress run article.

  3. Pangolin says:

    Great stuff. I’m based on the continent so the routing from CPH or BRU is a cinch to me, and vastly preferable to LHR as the taxes are lower too.

    Even though OW isn’t my main program, I have started to build up a stock of Avios thanks to sites like HFP and J class in CX is starting to look seriously tempting as an aspirational target to aim for. Normally I’m stuck with the LH (Lufthansa) group airlines and they’re the worst for everything – earnings, redemptions, status recognition and benefits, discounted fares. Travel hacking basically gets you nowhere with LH.

    • If you have many * or miles and more miles, check out EVA Airways J class for redemptions. CDG, AMS and VIE will have lower tax than LHR.
      Their lounges are not as good CX. However, the seat are very similar to CX J (reverse herringbone), and the soft product are usually very good.

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