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Cathay V Emirates Y class
Hi Everyone I have QF Platinum/OW Emerald status and taking the family to New York late in the year. I unfortunately don’t have enough points to upgrade all to J class and the seating is not available in any case – so Y it is.
Can anyone give me some advice as to which Y is likely better? Flight times are pretty much the same, more points but less cash for Cathay.
Cheers for any help.
Since you have status with QF, I’m going to assume you’re flying from Australia. Let me know if I’m wrong but in terms of cabin experiences, it’s not that important.
CX Y on their 77W is fine – I’ve flown it many times and it being 3-3-3 means a little more room to work with. However, HKG-JFK is a really popular route and in my experience is almost always full. You may get lucky, especially with OW E to get an op-up into their premium econ product.
EK Y on their A380 is 3-4-3, and while the cabin is wider than the 77W, EK seat widths are 18″ compared to CX’s 18.5″ on their 77W. Flights are not always full and you should be able to spread out more – I had a middle row of 4 seats all to myself from DXB-JFK last October.
If the EK flight isn’t full I’d go with EK. Otherwise I would probably go with CX since the overall travel time would be shorter. Furthermore, you being OW Emerald means accessing CX’s fantastic lounges at HKG.
Lastly, have you considered flying QF and connecting in the US? This may be the quickest route.