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Our Economy fares

Our Economy fares

More choices. More flexibility. More value.

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

We’ve designed our Economy fares to give you total choice and flexibility when booking flights. Our Light, Essential and Flex fares are tailored, so you never pay 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.

Light

Jetting off for a weekend getaway or happy to just simply pack less? Book great value fares that give you the freedom and ease to travel light.

Essential

If you’re travelling with family or heading off on a longer trip, our essential fares offer extra baggage 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 (regular seats) - check check
Free seat pre-selection (preferred seats & extra legroom seats) - - check
Free flight changes - - check
Earn Status Points and miles check check check
Upgrade with miles - check check
Standby for earlier flight - - check

Your questions, answered

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

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

Advance seat reservation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively, you may reserve another seat type that is complimentary for your fare. If the seat type of your choice becomes available later, you can update your selection in Manage Booking or during online check-in.

Please note you will not be entitled for a full or partial refund of your purchased fare if the seat type of your choice is unavailable. Learn more about Economy seat selections.

Your selected seat(s) will remain the same – but occasionally, we may reassign you a suitable alternative seat due to operational, safety or security reasons. Please note you will not be entitled for a full or partial refund of your purchased fare due to a change in your advance seat reservation.

You may choose Economy Light and purchase a regular seat reservation separately for a modest fee. If you’d like to reserve an extra legroom seat, for example, you may choose to purchase Economy Flex, or Economy Light and an extra legroom seat reservation.

We highly recommend that you always compare the costs of different Economy fare types and travel extras separately before purchasing your ticket as they may vary by route. Note: preferred seat pre-selection is only available for Economy Flex fare.

If there are still seats available in Economy, all three fare types (Light/Essential/Flex) will be available for booking.

You can change and reissue your ticket to a higher fare type or cabin. This can be done in Manage Booking or by contacting Customer Care or your travel agent. A change fee may apply as per the fare rules and conditions.

Please note that you are not able to change your ticket to a lower fare type.

Yes, it’s possible to combine different fare types in one itinerary. An example would be flying Economy Light to your destination and returning on Economy Flex.

Please purchase your ticket via our website or through a travel agent. Note: combination fare types are currently not available via the Cathay Pacific app.

Yes, all three Economy fare types are applicable to tickets containing flights marketed by other airlines.

No, we have introduced Light, Essential and Flex fare types for Economy only. Premium Economy, Business and First fares are still based on fare class concept. Please visit our Fare classes page for details.

Yes, it’s possible to combine different cabins in one itinerary. An example would be flying Economy (any fare type) to your destination and returning in Premium Economy.

Please purchase the combination fare of your selected cabin and one higher cabin up via our website. Note: combination fares are currently not available via the Cathay Pacific app.

Cabin Checked baggage allowance
Economy Light fares 1 piece, 23kg
Essential fares 2 pieces, 23kg each
Flex fares 2 pieces, 23kg each
Premium Economy   2 pieces, 23kg each
Business   2 pieces, 32kg each
3 pieces, 23 kg each for Hong Kong–New Zealand flights
First   3 pieces, 32 kg each


Please refer to our Baggage information page, your e-ticket receipt or log in to Manage Booking for the most accurate baggage allowance information.

Yes, you can share your baggage allowance with your travel companions if you check in together for the same flight(s) at the airport.

Yes, prepaid extra baggage is available for purchase up to 24 hours before the scheduled flight departure time. Extra baggage options are also offered at the airport during check-in.

Extra baggage fees are charged per piece, and each extra baggage comes with a fixed maximum weight allowance. Please refer to  Extra baggage charges for more details.

No, you’ll need to pay the heavy baggage charge at the airport during check-in. Please note heavy baggage charge can’t be paid online or via Customer Care.

Cabin Checked baggage allowance
Economy 1 piece, 23kg
Premium Economy 2 pieces, 23kg each
Business 2 pieces, 32kg each
3 pieces, 23kg each, for Hong Kong–New Zealand flights
First 3 pieces, 32kg each


Please refer to our Baggage information page, your e-ticket receipt or log in to Manage Booking for the most accurate baggage allowance information.

The baggage allowance for tickets (including award tickets) containing flights marketed by other airlines remains the same according to the corresponding fare type, provided the “most significant carrier” in your ticket – which determines the baggage allowance for air travel – is Cathay Pacific. If the “most significant carrier” in your ticket is not Cathay Pacific, please check the respective airline’s baggage policy. Refer to  Carrier rules for more details.

Your baggage allowance will follow the airline policy of your booked flights. Please check with the respective airlines accordingly.

The baggage allowance for tickets issued by other airlines will also be measured by piece, provided the “most significant carrier” in your ticket – which determines the baggage allowance for air travel – is Cathay Pacific. If the “most significant carrier” in your ticket is not Cathay Pacific, please check the respective airline’s baggage policy. Refer to Carrier rules for more details.

Yes, our optional add-ons – including advance seat reservations, prepaid extra baggage and lounge pass – are 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 and on the same route.

No, only Essential and Flex fares are eligible for upgrades with miles and bookable upgrades. All upgrades are subject to Cathay membership programme terms and conditions.

Yes, Upgrade Bid is available for all Economy fare types except award tickets. Please visit our Upgrade Bid page for more details.

The amount of points and miles earned will be determined by the airline, cabin, fare class or fare type, and distance travelled. To find out how much you’ll earn from a flight, check out our Status Points and Asia Miles calculator.

You can earn more Status Points and Asia Miles with Essential and Flex fares. Use our Status Points and Asia Miles calculator and enter your destination to learn how much you can earn per fare type. The exact amount of points and miles earned from a particular flight will appear during the booking process and on Manage Booking once you’ve booked your flight.


Baggage allowance explained

 

Still have questions about our baggage policy?


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