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How I used Qantas to search Cathay award Availability
I just published an article detailing the ins and outs of rebooking a pre-deval AA award ticket and getting the original pricing honored. I ended up rebooking a Japan Airlines/AA blended award into a Cathay/AA blended award. In order to do this I needed to search availability to find Cathay seats that I could book with points. This is how I used Qantas to search Cathay award availability.
Step One: Log In
Step Two: Enter your desired flight information
The Qantas search engine limits certain itineraries and in order to get the engine to process you must select “Classic Award.” My search was from Hong Kong to New York could only be searched after “Classic Award” was designated.
Once you select “Classic Reward” you will then see an extensive list of airports of which to choose.
It will process the award based off coach. You can then select other classes of service
It will then display a month long calendar of availability
This is a much more comprehensive way to search Cathay Pacific availability if you’re flexible on your dates than on BA.com
BA limits your results by the day; whereas, Qantas gives you a broader, month long, swatch of inventory. It also allows you to specify certain classes of service.
Long Haul space is the backbone of an itinerary and what I search for first to structure the itinerary.
Since I was looking to change my original Itinerary, Han-Nrt-Ord-Ind, I knew the most difficult leg to find would be from Asia to the States. I did the above search for looking for Cathay space from HKG to several different cities until I found one that worked for my travel needs. Along the way I also used the Japan Airlines site looking for inventory ( click that link for a tutorial on multi-city search using JAL website) I could move my old flight into as well, and it just happened I found a date on the Qantas site that worked for a new trip I was forming.
Once I knew I had a long haul leg I could use, it was much easier to structure the legs needed to route from HAN to HKG and JFK to IND. Usually these smaller flights operate multiple times per day and space is made more readily available. Had I run into a dead end with those shorter legs, I would have looked into more creative ways of getting from Hanoi to Hong Kong and JFK to Indy with additional stops. Luckily I was able to book direct!
Once you find the space…call the airline you wish to redeem points with and book your flight!
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