Cathay Pacific makes its final 747 passenger flight from London on December 31. And you can be on it!
It’s a fully catered party in the sky, with all the champagne you can drink!
And as of this writing there are (5) first class award seats available, and (4) business class awards. It’s a great business product of course, but redeeming for business would mean giving up glass after glass of Krug to ring in the New Year.
This flight should cost 90,000 British Airways Avios in First or 70,000 American miles.
With American miles you pay taxes including the UK’s air passenger duty (aka ‘luxury tax’ or ‘premium cabin departure tax’) but not the fuel surcharges. With BA Avios you pay taxes and also the fuel surcharges. But Hong Kong is a low fuel surcharge market, and that only adds an additional $120.
I’ve always preferred to fly the 777 which has just six seats (and the same number of flight attendants!) but the 747 had the advantage of better award availability in first given its nine seats.
The last Cathay 747s flying to the U.S. is out of San Francisco and that ends in October. After this flight there will not be any to Europe. If you still want to fly a Cathay 747 long haul, Johannesburg is also scheduled for a couple of them a week.
Thanks for the heads up, Tom!