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Cathay v. Emirates economy
I know it’s borderline blasphemous to ask about economy flying on this blog, but I need to buy a ticket from the Latin America to India over the holidays and nothing mileage-wise seems available. Right now the two seemingly best options involve very long flights from JFK: either to HKG on Cathay or DBX on Emirates. Which is better to fly in economy, Cathay or Emirates? The price is about the same and, while I’d prefer the oneworld miles if possible, I’m more interested in the better overall experience.
[USER=700]@Django[/USER] I would take a look at seatguru. I don’t think economy gives you much to choose from, I would just fly the carrier that earns me miles.
[USER=700]@Django[/USER] — Not blasphemy, but maybe we can do better. Do you have American Express points, by chance? Cathay Pacific and Emirates are actually both decent airlines for upgrading from premium economy, potentially.
Cathay would be your best bet, Emirates are very fond of 10 across in Y lately aka 3-4-3 config on both A380 and B777 fleet.
Cathay in general has 3-3-3 on their B777 fleet and 2-4-2 on their A33/40 fleet.
Emirates seem too have a bit better pitch on some of their planes and the same as Cathay on other, but as Gaurav said check Seatguru after find out what kind of plane you will be flying so that you know for sure.