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Our new Economy fares

More choices. More flexibility. More value.

Choose the fare that suits you – because no two journeys are the same 

We’ve redesigned our Economy fares to give you total choice and flexibility when booking flights. Our new Light, Essential and Flex fares are tailored to you, so you’re never paying for what you don’t need.

Each fare offers you increasingly more control and greater benefits, from enhanced baggage allowances to flexible rebooking and upgrade options.

Our new Economy fares will be introduced progressively across our network. Initially, they will be available for flight tickets originating from Malaysia, South Korea or the Taiwan region from 28 September 2021, before extending to the rest of our markets over the next six months. If you’re flying from Hong Kong, you’ll be able to book the fares during the first quarter of 2022. 

Light 

Jetting off for a weekend getaway? Book great value fares that give you exactly what you need to travel light.  

Essential

If you’re travelling with family or heading off on a longer trip, our essential fares offer extra luggage and seat pre-selection: the perfect balance of comfort and value. 

Flex

Give yourself complete flexibility for your next business trip or holiday, with full control over your travel plans for maximum convenience and protection.  

Pick the fare that's right for you

Category

Light

Essential

Flex

Cabin baggage 1 piece, 7kg 1 piece, 7kg 1 piece, 7kg
Checked baggage 1 piece, 23kg 2 pieces, 23kg each 2 pieces, 23kg each
Free seat pre-selection - check check
Free seat pre-selection (extra legroom) - - check
Free flight changes - - check
Club points and miles check check check
Upgrade with miles - check check
Free same-day earlier flight change - - check

Your questions, answered

No, assuming that there are still seats available in Economy class, all three fare types (Light/Essential/Flex) will always be available in every booking class.

Yes, these fares are applicable to all routes in Economy class.

You will have the flexibility to choose the elements, like baggage allowance and seat selection, that suit your needs best. You will also save by selecting a higher fare tier instead of purchasing a lower fare type and then adding these elements later.

Not necessarily. The system will compare the fare options and return with the lowest fare, which may be mapped to a fare type or not. The original change fee will be applied, and the reissued ticket will then follow the new fare rules and fees if further changes are required.

Premium Economy/Business/First class offerings will remain unchanged, although they will display the Light/Essential/Flex label. These new fare types will only affect Economy tickets.

Cancellation fees will remain unchanged and will follow the fare rules/conditions of the original ticket you purchased before the new Economy fares rollout.

You can change and re-issue your ticket to a higher fare type. This can be done in Manage Booking, or by contacting our customer care team or your handling agent. A change fee may apply as per the fare rules and conditions.

You are not able to change your ticket to a lower fare type.

No, we will be introducing Light/Essential/Flex for Economy class fares only.

Yes, it is possible to combine different cabins on one itinerary. An example would be flying Economy (any fare type) at the start of your trip, and returning in Premium Economy.

Yes, it is possible to combine different fare types on one itinerary. An example would be flying Economy Light outbound and Economy Flex inbound. Please note that you are not able to combine different fare types when you purchase via the Cathay Pacific app. Please purchase via the Cathay Pacific website or a travel agent.

The new Economy fares will be rolled out to all markets over time. The exact dates will be announced in due course.

The new Economy fares will still be supported by interline booking, with Light, Essential and Flex fare types available.

Yes, we will be transitioning our checked baggage allowance from a weight system to a piece system that will roll out worldwide on all routes.

Cabin class Checked baggage allowances
Economy Light fares 1 piece (23kg)
Essential fares 2 pieces (2 x 23kg)
Flex fares 2 pieces (2 x 23kg)
Premium Economy   2 pieces (2 x 23kg)
Business   2 pieces (2 x 32kg)
3 pieces (3 x 23 kg) for Hong Kong–New Zealand flights
First   3 pieces (3 x 32 kg)

The new baggage system will eventually be applicable to all cabins across all markets. These changes will gradually come into play as the new Economy fares are rolled out to each market.

Your baggage allowance will be determined by the new ticket. The new ticket could be associated with either the weight system or piece system if it is fully unused. The weight system will remain if it is a partially used ticket.

Log in to Manage Booking or refer to your e-ticket to find the most accurate baggage allowance information.

Yes, this practice remains unchanged. Baggage pooling is still allowed at the airport if passengers travel/check-in together.

Yes, booking additional prepaid baggage is still available for purchase online, and extra baggage options will also be provided at the airport during the check-in process.

Yes, under the piece system, extra baggage fees will be charged per piece instead of per kilogram. Purchasing additional pieces of baggage will come with a fixed maximum weight allowance. Please refer to the Extra baggage charges for more details.

No, the charges and policies remain the same. Please refer to the baggage information page for further details.

For most routes, there are no changes to redemption ticket baggage allowances. However, on flights to/from the US and Canada, the baggage allowance for redemption tickets is as follows:

Cabin classes For redemption tickets issued before 28Sep For redemption tickets issued on or after 28Sep
First 2 x 32kg 3 x 32kg
Business 2 x 32kg 2 x 32kg
Premium Economy 2 x 25kg 2 x 23kg
Economy 2 x 23kg 2 x 23kg

The baggage allowance for interline bookings will remain the same and will follow the corresponding fare type, provided the most significant carrier for the itinerary is Cathay Pacific.

No, our optional add-ons (advance seat-selection, extra legroom seats, pre-paid bags, etc.) will still be available for purchase on top of the ticket.

No, early standby can only be used on the date of travel. It must be an earlier flight departing on the same day from the origin airport.

No, redemption upgrades and bookable upgrade vouchers are available for Essential and Flex fares only.

Yes, eligibility for airport and inflight cash upgrades remains the same, and will be available to all fare types.

Yes, Club Points and Asia Miles accrual remains the same. The number of miles accrued is still determined by your booking class and distance zone.

This cannot be done online. Please contact our Customer Care Team for booking assistance.

All benefits remain unchanged, apart from adjustments to additional baggage allowance entitlements. One additional complimentary piece of checked baggage will be granted to Gold and Diamond members when purchasing any Economy fare, as well as Premium Economy, Business or First.

Baggage allowance explained

Our new baggage policy has shifted from a weight allowance to a piece allowance.

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