We may receive a commission when you use our links. Monkey Miles has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Monkey Miles and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Monkey Miles is also a Senior Advisor to Bilt Rewards Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Cathay Pacific First Class Concept
2021 started off with a frenzy of credit card news, but now we have a very good reason to get excited about using all those points! The skinny on a new drop dead gorgeous, Cathay Pacific First Class. Via Executive Traveller and design firm Yellow Window, Cathay Pacific gently reminded us why they are considered one of the best airlines in the world. Case in point: Their 777-9 all new, first class cabin concept design. Fingers crossed this goes from concept to reality.
If the palate of the new concept looks familiar, Yellow Window also designed Air France First Class. Personally I think the first concept iteration has a lot of AF vibes from the seat to color palate and cabin openness. VFTW thought so too.
From Yellow Window:
The cabin design is based on a concept of “metamorphosis” and the first-class suite must be able to offer different spaces for different points in the journey, becoming a lounge, an office, a dining room and a bedroom.
Here is the current Cathay Pacific First Class – you can read our review
Prices from the States using points and miles
- Still 70k Alaska Miles
- 110k American Miles
- 110k+ Asia Miles
The New Cathay Pacific First Class Concept
Here is a side view
More top down look
And then bed mode
Keeping the Cathay 1-1-1 cabin layout
One concept wasn’t enough, so Yellow Window came up with another design
This is unlike anything we’ve seen before in terms of cabin design, and honestly I have no idea how it reconfigures. Certainly a bed mode must be possible, but those concept pictures weren’t available. No doubt, something in the realm of this iteration would set Cathay part from other airlines with avant garde design.
HEre is the aerial view of that cabin in a 1-1 configuration. An interesting choice putting the passengers so close to eachother in the aisle with little barrier. I’m not seeing a door here, but I’d be surprised that if they chose this design that something wouldn’t be integrated.
Very cool designs, but where are the doors?
This reminds me a lot of Air France First Class and they have integrated curtains for privacy. Personally, I’d prefer to have a door, but the decision not to include one was certainly thought out, and perhaps in the realization of these concepts will be included. It’s hard to tell, but we have quite a while to wait to see. Current estimates are that we won’t see Cathay take delivery on the 779 until maybe 2025!
Maybe they’ll retrofit? Fingers crossed.
What do you think?
Don’t those give you AF vibes? Am I wrong?
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
Super solid welcome offer.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.