CX getaway fares go downunder
BANGKOK, 3 May 2012: Cathay Pacific Airways has launched Getaway Surprise for travel to Australia and New Zealand using Hong Kong as the connecting hub.
Valid through June, most of the fares look competitive, but when travellers consider Thai Airways International’ current promotional fares and the added incentive of nonstop services the few thousand baht saved on a CX routing might not be such a good idea.
Getaway Surprise promotional fares must be purchased by 20 May, while travel ex-Bangkok is allowed until the end of June.
The deals are: Sydney,Bt26,880; Melbourne,Bt26,270; Brisbane,Bt27,460; Cairns, Bt26,755; Adelaide, Bt27,065; Perth, Bt26,275 and Auckland, Bt30,195.
Layover time in Hong Kong is pretty seamless at between one to two hours except for the return journey from Adelaide when passengers will need to overnight in Hong Kong. Not a good option on a return leg with the holiday budget maxed out.
The deals would be very attractive if it wasn’t for THAI’s 52nd Anniversary campaign that puts a spanner in the wheel for CX. THAI sells Sydney at Bt27,055; Brisbane, Bt27,150; Perth, Bt21,905; Melbourne Bt26,440 and Auckland, Bt31,620. THAI does not fly to Adelaide or Cairns, but all of its Australian flights are nonstop.
Qantas is also selling promotional fares ending 30 June, but no Cairns or Perth routings. It quotes Bt27,925 to Sydney, the only destinations it serves nonstop from Bangkok. Other fare are: Bt28,880 to Adelaide; Bt28,605 Brisbane and Bt28,530, Services to Melbourne. Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne go via Sydney with almost seamless downtime.
Other one-stop choices that could be a good option include Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. Low-cost options are Jetstar, AirAsia and Scoot (from June).
In addition, Cathay Pacific is extending its ‘Smart Saver’ promotion to 30 September and adding European cities: Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, London, Milan and Moscow.