Cathay Pacific is known for having a fantastic first class product. It's arguably the best way to fly between North America and Asia, though not cheap; a round trip ticket from YVR - HKG comes in at over $12,000!
The easiest way to book on points is through British Airways paying with Avios, its simple and can be done online. Here in Canada, Avios are quite easy to accumulate - they transfer 1:1 from AMEX Membership Rewards and RBC Rewards if you have an Avion Product. Several times a year, they also offer transfer bonuses of up to 50%!
While it's easy to book through BA, Alaska Air offers an unbeatable redemption. At just 70,000 AS miles each way, thats a value of over 8.5ccp to Hong Kong. They also allow a free stopover on a one way award, so you can book North America - HKG, stop for however long, and continue on to the Middle East, Africa or elsewhere in Asia at no extra cost. If your journey starts from a different city from where you live (say SFO instead of YVR), Alaska will fly you there on the same ticket for just the taxes. We'll talk about how to earn AS miles in a future post.
I searched for availability on BA's site, and called Alaska to book. There routing is YVR-SEA-SFO on AS, SFO-HKG CX F, stopover (separate ticket HKG-DXB-HKG), HKG-JNB-HKG CX J, stop, HKG-YVR CX F. The total ticket cost in cash would have been just over $36,000 CAD, and I paid just 140k AS Miles, 120k Avios and $385 in taxes and fees.
Have you flown Cathay Pacific First Class? Leave any tips & comments down below, and travel the world with me - one flight, hotel & city at a time.