Category: Cathay Pacific

Booking consolidator hotel rates and airfares

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A consolidator rate or fare is a deeply discounted rate offered through a third-party travel provider, like Hotwire or Priceline.  Airfares, hotel rooms and rental cars are time-sensitive products.  If an airline doesn’t sell a seat before a flight departs, it loses the opportunity to generate any revenue from that seat, ever. (more…)

Anatomy of a Mileage Run

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“So… you book a ticket and fly… just for the miles?”

It was clear she didn’t understand what I was doing. After all, who would fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore, spend six hours in the Singapore airport, then fly right back to LA?

Who would do that? This guy. And I’ll tell you why, and show you why you may do it one day, too. (more…)

Airline alliances, partners and mileage earning

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One of the best things to happen to frequent flyers was the establishment of the three global airline alliances: Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance.  These alliances are where airlines come together as partners, coordinating routes, flight times and other aspects of travel that make it a more seamless experience when you’re traveling on multiple airlines.  You have a single ticket, your bags are checked all the way through, and – best of all – you can both earn and redeem miles on any of your main airline’s partners. (more…)

Understanding codeshare flights

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Have you ever booked a flight with an airline, only to find out later that the flight was operated by a different airline?  This is called a codeshare, where one airline puts its airline code and flight number on a flight operated by another airline. (more…)