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Using miles for First Class is certainly a challenge for certain airlines ranging from “impossible” to “you still need some luck”. For example, I spent a good amount of time studying how Lufthansa opens up its First Class seats so that I could land two seats on their A380 from Frankfurt to Japan.
Given the amount of work and the risk I needed to take on to secure those two seats, I found it refreshing to find better results using a similar approach to book Cathay Pacific First Class for my next international trip. While it is reasonably difficult to find multiple seat award space well in advance, when you look in close to departure availability is scary good!
It appears Cathay Pacific practically opens up the entire First Class cabin when you come within a few days of travel. Check out tomorrow’s availability. Grab six of your friends and have a First Class party!
“Only 6 reward flight seats left!”
Whether searching out of SFO, LAX, ORD, YVR or JFK, I found lots and lots of space on all routes within a few days of travel.
The bottom line
For an airline that is consistently ranked as one of the top First Class experiences, it is refreshing to see so much space available close in. I would have no problem scheduling my time for a trip without the flights booked and banking on close in space to open up.
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