I have a few minutes of downtime this evening after my daily search for reselling products, and have been having travel withdrawal of late, so I pulled up my trusty British Airways search tool and looked for some flights, pursuing my great white whale – Cathay Pacific First Class. Suffice it to say, I was quite surprised when I saw the following availability:
Next, I checked ExpertFlyer, just to be sure:
As you can see the flight CX 841 shows F4, A4 available. A friend checked Qantas and saw 2 first class awards as well.
So, I called the American Executive Platinum line and fed the flight to an agent. The first agent couldn’t find any space. The second could find 1 seat available on CX841 and CX831 (as you can see in the first BA graphic), the third could see the same thing. So, I figured it best to book the single seat and see if another seat goes into inventory. Once the 1 seat was on hold, I went back to the BA search tool and found this:
Oddly ExpertFlyer wasn’t showing any change, but, since BA was showing, I called again – twice. Both times only saw 1 seat availability for CX841.
Nearly a month ago Lucky asked the question: Is Cathay Pacific about to cut off first class awards for partner airlines?
Now, I’m out of time tonight, and honestly, after 5 calls, its no longer fun. So I ask: Have you noticed inconsistencies with CX availability? Further, could Cathay be selectively blocking American Airlines, since American does have a history of “selling” miles?