Cathay Pacific

Flight deal: 75% off 1st class to Hong Kong

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Cathay Pacific has had fare sales, but they’ve never had a First Class fare sale.

But they’re having one today and this one is a doozy.

The airline has teamed up with GILT to offer a trip voucher that is 75 percent off the first class round-trip fare to Hong Kong from a variety of U.S. airports – including San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.

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The usual First Class fares for this trip is $20,000 but during the Gilt/Cathay Pacific fare sale the vouchers are selling for $5,000.

That includes taxes and surcharges – AND Gilt is throwing in a $500 Gilt shopping credit.

Small print? There’s a page full of it.

You’re buying a voucher, not making a reservation, for example. So you’ll need to get your voucher and then make a booking by December 31, 2015.
And you’ll be able to apply your voucher to a limited number of First Class seats.

But if you want to do this trip – and drink champagne, eat food prepared fresh just for you from galleys equipped with rice cookers, toasters and steam ovens and then sleep in a fully-flat bed in Cathay Pacific pajamas – and visit the first class Cathay Pacific lounges at the airports at either end – the restrictions shouldn’t be insurmountable.

The sale starts today – Wednesday, November 18. So get your calendar and your credit cards and go check it out.

Cathay pacific bed

iBeacons in Cathay Pacific’s SFO lounge

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Curious about what iBeacons – those small Bluetooth transmitters that can ping you with information when your phone comes into range – can do for you at an airport?

At SFO Airport, Cathay Pacific and Lounge Buddy are using the technology to give guests using the airline’s Business and First Class lounge some bonus features – and a chance to win prizes.

The promotion is linked to the kick-off of Cathay Pacific’s three new weekly flights between SFO and Hong Kong.

Starting June 29 and running for 60 days, passengers with the LoungeBuddy App activated on their iPhone will instantly receive information about the day’s food and beverage menu and an overview of the lounge amenities when they enter the Cathay Pacific lounge at SFO.

They’ll also be gently urged to check in on social media and share a note on Twitter about the experience for a chance to win a daily prizes of a Cathay Pacific plush goat commemorating the Chinese Zodiac year of the goat.

Cathay Pacific goat

Any lounge user who shares a comment on Twitter or Facebook will be entered to win the grand prize of 60,000 Asia Miles and one round-trip Premium Economy Class ticket to Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific is well-known for its classy and creative airport lounges. The one at SFO (which opened in International Terminal A in 2011) is the carrier’s first and only branded lounge in the U.S. and features the airline’s much-talked-about Noodle Bar.

Who gets to use Cathay Pacific’s SFO lounge?

First and Business Class passengers departing on Cathay Pacific and oneworld carriers, and members of the Marco Polo Club with Silver Card status and above and oneworld Sapphire or above members.

Airline, airport monitor unique Chinese passenger

Imagine seeing this at San Francisco International Airport:

SFO WARRIOR

To promote the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, an actor dressed like a warrior had been “lost” in the Bay Area and the community’s help was sought in finding him.

Now that the exhibit is over, it was time for the lost warrior – and the ten life-size terracotta figures from the army of over 7,000 figures that guarded the tomb of a Chinese emperor- to go home to Xi’an, China.

As part of the send-off for the figures, on Friday Cathay Pacific, the airport and the museum live tweeted photos of the journey of the Lost Warrior as he arrived at the airport, checked-in for his flight, checked out some of the SFO Museum exhibits, waited at the gate and settled into his Premium Economy seat.

SFO Warrior MUSEUM EXHIBITS

SFO Warrior on plane

They even made a Vine video of the warrior hanging out in the Cathay Pacific lounge.

Thanks to the SFO Museum, Cathay Pacific, SFO Airport and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for sharing the images of a fun and very creative send-off at the airport.

Travel contests: because you can’t win if you don’t play

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I’m a big believer in “you can’t win if you don’t play,” so here are a few contests to enter with great travel adventures as prizes:

From now through March 8th, 2013 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is celebrating Scandinavian Airlines’ (SAS) new non-stop service to Copenhagen with a Facebook sweepstakes (and a strange little video starring hamsters). Entrants choose their favorite destination from one of 12 European cities served by SAS and the winner of a random drawing will be awarded two round-trip Economy Class tickets on SAS to the destination they selected. Enter here.

Also through March 8, American Airlines is having a contest with four grand prizes that include a first class trip for two anywhere the airline flies, a year-long Admiral’s Club membership, Five Star Service (“To whisk you through the airport like a star”), a Samsung Tablet, Bose headphones, first-class pajamas, and a $1,000 gift card. Enter here.

And, to welcome the terracotta warriors to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, Cathay Pacific Airways is giving away prizes that include a 10-day China tour and a chance to fly to Xi’an to see the iconic terracotta warriors in their homeland.  Enter here through March 18.

  • Grand Prize: 10 days/9 nights “Cathay Pacific Essence of China” tour, including a pair of roundtrip Economy Class tickets on Cathay Pacific to Beijing, Shanghai and a private sightseeing tour to view the real Terracotta soldiers in Xi’an.
  • 2nd Prize – A one weekend night stay at the Galleria Park hotel in San Francisco, plus pair of VIP tickets to see the Asian Art Museum’s “China’s Terracotta Warriors” exhibition
  • 3rd Prize – An Annual Family Membership at Asian Art Museum plus a copy of the official exhibition souvenir book

Good luck!

Travel contests: you can’t win if you don’t play

It’s true: you can’t win if you don’t play. So take a moment to throw your name in the hat for these contests. You never know…

Cathay Pacific Airways is hosting a Jingle All the Way … to Hong Kong luxury holiday sweepstakes.

Grand prize: two Cathay Pacific round trip flights to Hong Kong in Premium Economy class from one of four US gateways (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco); a four-night hotel stay at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental (a member of the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection); a $1,000 shopping spree on Saks.com; and 100,000 Asia Miles from Cathay Pacific’s loyalty program (good for anything from flights and hotels to Trek Bikes and iPads.)

The first runner-up will receive 75,000 Asia Miles and second runner-up will receive 60,000 Asia Miles.

Enter here. The sweepstakes runs through December 19, 2012.

San Francisco International Airport is holding a Postagram contest on Facebook and Twitter through December 21, 2010 with prizes that include an iPad mini and a GoPro camera.

If you’re flying through SFO you can get your photo taken at a Postagram photo station or enter here.

And if you participate in the Staybridge Suites hotels’ Twitter Chat about on the Art of Traveling Solo on December 13 from 6 – 7 p.m. EST (@Staybridge/#travelingsolo) you’ll be entered in a contest to win one of three prizes, including a two-night Stay at any Staybridge Suites hotel in the United States and a $500 American Express Gift Card; a $500 gift card to Mori Luggage and Gifts; or a Chef G. Garvin Prize Pack.

Good luck!