India doesn’t get the volume of great deals on long-haul business class flights that seem so common in Europe, so we thought we’d highlight this attractive fare to New Zealand.
Cathay Pacific’s cheap business class fares to New Zealand
Oneworld airline Cathay Pacific is offering return business class flights from Hyderabad to New Zealand for around INR 146,000 (USD 1,900).
That price is available for journeys to Auckland or Christchurch, and you’ll make your connection at Cathay’s hub in Hong Kong.
Prices increase for itineraries starting from other Indian cities, here's an example at INR 176,000 from Chennai:
If crediting your miles to British Airways, you’ll earn 140 tier points on each leg, giving a total of 560 tier points, and putting you within touching distance of the 600 tier points required for silver status.
Journeys can be booked at the prices shown up until mid-March, when we hope to be travelling as normal again!
What’s it like to fly Cathay Pacific business class?
All the flights on these itineraries are operated by long-haul aircraft, including a mix of Cathay’s A330s, A350s and Boeing 777s.
You are guaranteed the airline’s latest business class product, including flat bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, on the A350 aircraft, though be aware that some of Cathay’s A330 aircraft have recliner seats in business class in a 2-2-2 set up (other A330s have flat bed seats).
Cathay’s regional 777 jets have recliner seats laid out in a 2-3-2 configuration, so you may find that product on the Chennai route.
In November, Cathay announced a series of improvements to its first class and business class products, including a tie-up with the UK luxury brand Bamford for amenities, travel kits and bedding.
New amenities for business class include a soft mattress topper, better sleeping pillows and premium-quality slippers. There’s also a new 400-thread-count pillowcase and a two-piece duvet, both made using 100 percent sustainably-sourced cotton.
Passengers travelling in business class on regional flights, meanwhile, now receive a “new day blanket and a plush pillow”.
What is Cathay Pacific’s coronavirus policy?
Cathay Pacific says it will offer a year of “unlimited changes” for all new tickets purchased up to June 30, 2020.
The airline’s usual rebooking and rerouting fees are waived, meaning passengers can alter their travel dates, or pick an entirely new destination, as many times as they like within the year.
Be aware that fare/ tax differences will be payable when you make a change - and these could be substantial when changing cheap tickets.
Head to the Cathay Pacific website to do some research or book your tickets.