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FINALLY: ‘P’ business class tickets on Cathay Pacific earn Avios and tier points

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Back in 2020, during the pandemic, Cathay Pacific added ‘P’ class tickets to their range of business class fares.

This was an intermediate business class fare – more expensive than ‘I’ class, which is the lowest possible business class tariff, but not fully flexible like a ‘J’ class ticket.

It generally takes a few weeks for partner airlines, such as British Airways, to update their earning tables to reflect new fare classes. For some reason, British Airways never got around to it.

Cathay Pacific P class now earns Avios and tier points in British Airways Executive Club

For three years, ‘P’ class discounted business class tickets on Cathay Pacific earned nothing – no Avios, no tier points – when credited to British Airways Executive Club.

It was clearly an oversight as cheaper ‘I’ class fares did earn Avios. However, you would often find that the cheapest business class ticket on sale was in ‘P’ with no ‘I’ available. If you were aware of the issue you could book a ‘D’ class ticket by telephone with Cathay Pacific for around 10% more but few did know.

Better late than never – and remember that most other frequent flyer schemes added ‘P’ class tickets fairly quickly – British Airways has acted.

This is the current Cathay Pacific earning chart as shown on here:

From last week – 1st November to be precise – Cathay Pacific ‘P’ class tickets now earn Avios at the same rate of 125% of miles flown as cheaper ‘I’ class tickets. You will also now earn British Airways Executive Club tier points.

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Comments (19)

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  • Chaz says:

    A clear case of taking the P 🤔

  • C2K77 says:

    Breaking News! BA blind the entire world by smashing all previous records and taking ‘just’ three years to resolve an IT issue.

    Many people were contacted from TTM, Travel Social Media groups and personalities, frequent flyers and Mavis the tea lady at Waterside for comment. However everyone was in such a state of shock that they couldn’t gather themselves up enough to form a sentence.

    A singular response was gained from the BA IT unit who informed us “We’re as shocked as the rest of you. At this point we believe it may have been done by accident when we were actually attempting to create a spreadsheet for the office secret Santa but it’s such a mystery that that’s simply a guess right now”

    @Rob Please consider including a warning/ suggestion to be seated and not drinking as a sub header on articles covering such insanely unbelievable articles. I mean we’re all proud of them for fixing a single line entry in under a decade but the poor dog wasn’t impressed when I read this and spat coffee over him

    • david says:

      *BA Accelerating Business card has left the room*

      • Rob says:

        Erm, about that ….

        • Sharka says:

          AA’s equivalent to OnBusiness (Business Extra) is closing in a few weeks. A new scheme will only be for residents of the US and Canada and it is not clear it will earn on anything other than AA’s 001 ticket stock. So, reciprocal earning in AA/BA business schemes seems over.

    • Jonathan says:

      BA taking ‘just’ three years to resolve an IT issue, now they’ve just a frustratingly outdated website to modernise !
      Also, who can forget Alex Cruz’s clever ideas that caused all kinds of problems, it’s a shame we can’t attach the image of him wearing a high-visibility vest in a room full of computers just for a few laughs

  • Greenpen says:

    Glad that is solved but P class on *A also has odd earning rates. Sometimes none at all and sometimes a reduced rate. Some partners pay up, o
    There’s don’t.

    Is a P fare some sort of world wide reduced fare?

    • Greenpen says:

      Oh woe, hope you can make some sense of the earlier message! … up, others don’t.

    • JDB says:

      ‘P’ has gone down in the world – it used to be premium first class, used by airlines like JAL for a bed when their usual F didn’t offer that. ‘J’ was premium long haul business like BA’s Super Club (JAL only had ‘C’ then!) and now that’s used even on short haul.

      • daveinitalia says:

        P is still used for Air France La Premiere. R is another class that has taken a dive. R used to be used for Supersonic so was used on Concorde flights by BA and AF, now it’s often used as a discount fare bucket (in business class on BA, others may vary), although I seem to recall SQ use it for their suites product.

  • Suvendu says:

    Will they backdate this? I’ve had some “P” flights disallowed this year.

  • Nick says:

    I’d love to think BA deliberately fixed this issue, but it’s more likely a coding error that now allow P class to earn points. Be quick before the loophole is closed 🙂

  • Nick says:

    My understanding (though admittedly from some time ago) is that the actual reason for this was that CX didn’t notify BA through the official process. If they don’t do that, they don’t pay for Avios issued, so BA don’t make an award.

    • Paul says:

      100% a commercial decision by Cathay

      • Rob says:

        Bit of a poor commercial decision once people starting running articles saying don’t book Cathay because you won’t get Avios or tier points ….

        • WaynedP says:

          Yes, but think of the additional revenue CX have earned for themselves in the three years’ it’s taken for i) the problem to be identified, ii) it to be recognised as a persisting feature, and iii) for isolated dissent to reach a publicly recognised chorus of disapproval large enough to start being commercially counterproductive for CX.

          • Chrisasaurus says:

            I think Rob’s point is that Avios drive behaviour and that the articles about this will have shifted revenue away from Cathay, so the tiny cost of Avios is a penny not well saved

  • Jeremy says:

    In July bought 4 x P class tickets in Business with Cathay from LHR to MNL. BA gave me the ‘cold should’ when I enquired why no Avios or Tier points were awarded? Can I now re apply as they are now included within the BA award chart? Or will BA only allow points and status from November onward?

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