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Qantas vs. Cathay Pacific First Class SFO to New Zealand?
I was considering using the Alaska Airlines credit card 30K signup bonus, plus purchased miles at a discount to get a first class (one-way) ticket from SFO to New Zealand for travel in December/January. Which of the two would you recommend, and why? Qantas is 70K miles while Cathay is 80K, but that difference is inconsequential to me.
Cant go wrong with either one – each one has its pros and cons. CX has a big seat and bed with decent enough catering. QF’s beds are smaller i think but still decently sized. If you buy a positioning flight to LAX and start your award there, you’d be granted access to the QF lounge at LAX, which is fantastic.
CX and QF’s lounges at their home airports are great and an excellent way to spend a layover. However, QF award space is very hard to come by – you may very well only be able to get CX F.
Whichever one has availability! (Though Cathay is my favorite, and you could have a stopover in Hong Kong for no additional miles).