New Years Special: $988 Cathay Pacific First Class Asia Back to North America

I just wrote about $675 roundtrip from Vietnam to the US in Cathay Pacific business class. Even if you just book a one way award ticket to Asia and use this for your flight back to the U.S. it’s an amazing steal.

One Mile at a Time points out that there are amazing first class fares, too.

Check out Hanoi to Vancouver for $988 roundtrip:

And check out Hanoi to New York JFK at $1445:

Key details of Cathay Pacific fare basis AAARRVN8:

  • Valid through end of schedule
  • $300 refund fee
  • $100 change fee (but you would also pay any difference in fare) but $300 for no shows

The fare would be pretty nice for earning miles indeed an Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K would earn 475% of flown miles on the long haul segments.

As I wrote earlier we don’t know for certain how Cathay will feel about such a deep discount airfare sale, whether they might get seller’s remorse, so I’d wait a few days after buying additional travel or making additional non-refundable plans around the fare.

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  1. But if I go pre-pay for expensive non-refundable hotels and other non refundable excursions, wouldn’t they be more likely to allow me to keep the fare rather than reimbursing me?

  2. Well, it’s $42,000 now. I couldn’t find a hotel room over $350 in Hanoi or $1000 in South Vietnam.

    Anyone with some ideas on stuff I can prepay?

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