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predicting last minute Cathay Pacific availability?
CX has a reputation for making first class available last minute – are there good ways to predict whether they will for a given set of dates? I’m looking to fly back from HKG to the west coast(so via LAX/SFO/YVR if possible, but could do ORD/JFK if needed) in a couple of weeks (between 5/12-5/14). There’s not yet any business/first availability to any of those cities, even though at least business is starting to become available for the following week. Are there good ways to figure out the likelihood of space opening up?
I will likely be in the same boat this summer. I will probably use Expert Flyer to see which routes have the greatest availability and just keep searching those routes and all other CX routes on British Airways a few times a day. Having route and day flexibility will definitely help you. I would not settle for a non west coast flight just yet and of course if what you want opens book it. If you are using AA miles, it looks like multiple days before your trip Cathay to NRT then NRT-LAX via Japan Airlines are open. If that opens it is another great option for you, only adds a few hours to your trip, and JAL has a great first and business product.
Keep checking. Lately, CX doesnt seem to be releasing seats until 1-2 days before departure