$1,293 / €1,112 Oneway JAL & Cathay Pacific Business Class from Hawaii to Dubai

Cathay Pacific Business Class Sitz

Oneworld member airlines Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific have an interesting offer for those who want to test their magnificent business class products. You can spend 22 premium packed hours (9 with JAL and 13 with Cathay Pacific) enroute from Honolulu via Osaka and Hong Kong to Dubai at the price of US$1,293 (~€1,208). While this seems like a ludicrous plan during a pandemic, it’s a still a rare offer we want to draw your attention to. You can find this fare for flights through May 2021.

Info

Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.

A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.

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This fare allows the third leg to other destinations like Saigon, Vietnam or the Maldives. Flying to Dubai will give you the best value in terms of time, business class product and mileage.

A Japan Airlines 787 takes you from Hawaii to Osaka. Onwards, a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 takes you first to Hong Kong and the onwards to Dubai. These planes offer Cathay’s long haul business class product, with lie-flat-seats in 1-2-1 configuration.

Thanks to our reader Lee, who gave us notice via Report a Deal!

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, the offers has no sales period and is likely based on availability. It is valid for travel between December 29 and May 23 as well as August 15 through December 9. We recommend booking flights directly with the airline – you can find suiting flight dates with Google Flights.

You can add a stopover in Hong Kong, which increases the price by roughly US$100 (~€93).

According to Cathay Pacific’s change policies, you can change the date of your trip without paying change fees. However, you might have to pay the fare difference.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:

Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.

This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.

Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.

This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.

Mileage

Both airlines issue these tickets in booking class I. This results in quite attractive award mileage with the following Oneworld frequent flyer programs:

  • 29,228 Award Miles + 18,796 Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 23,318 Miles on American AAdvantage
  • 23,318 Points + 40 Elite Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 23,318 Award Miles + 13,042 Tier Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
  • 23,318 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiLes
  • 22,254 AsiaMiles + 200 Club Points on Asia Miles
  • 20,708 Points on Finnair Plus
  • 20,708 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 18,796 Avios + 640 Tier Points on British Airways Executive Club
  • 18,796 Avios + 2,450 Elite Points on Iberia Plus
  • 18,796 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 18,796 Avios + 132 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 17,580 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 13,042 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 10,276 CV Points on Vistara Club Vistara
  • 5,754 Award Miles on Flying Blue
Data provided by miles.travel-dealz.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Further, this trip is worth 320 tier points in British Airways Executive Club, with 140 TP for each long haul flight and 40 TP for the shorter leg between Osaka and Hong Kong. Flying this ticket will instantly qualify you for Oneworld Ruby status. Sadly, the most interesting perks begin with Oneworld Sapphire. You currently need 450 points to gain that tier.

Information & Tips for Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an Asian city-state and a vital trading metropolis in the Pearl River Delta not far from the Chinese coast. The city has long been a center for trade and business. Hong Kong is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore offers excellent connections to the rest of the world, hence the good deals that various airlines often provide. Flights in economy class usually are between 400€ and 500€ sometimes for even less than 400€.

Best Time to Visit

Winters are mild and dry, whereas summers are hot with rainfall and high humidity. The best time to travel is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool and therefore very pleasant.

Climate diagram for Hong Kong (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Entry & Visa

Entry is possible for most EU citizens without a visa, and only a passport is required. A permit for 90 days is issued upon entry. For further information, please visit the website of your countries Ministry of foreign affairs.

Currency

The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar ($, HKD, HK$). One Euro is approximately HK$8. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee (up to 2% for payment) in Hong Kong Dollars.

Getting from the airport to the city centre

The fastest and most convenient way into the city is by Airport Express. This train will take you to the city centre within 24 minutes and will cost you around €12 per trip. Alternatively, you can also get into a taxi and pay approximately €35.

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Information & Tips for United Arab Emirates

Visa & Entry

Most European citizens may enter the United Arab Emirates without a visa and with their passports only to stay there as tourists as well as for business(without work) or visiting purposes for a maximum period of 90 days within 180 days.

Best Time to Visit

In April and May, the temperatures in the UAE are around 30 °C and can even climb to just close to 40 °C. You usually don’t have to expect less than 25 °C, so you can always bring your bathing suit. In June, July and August, 40 °C are standard. The most pleasant travel months are December, January, and February when temperatures rarely climb above 25 °C.

Climate diagram for Dubai (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Ramadan

You should know that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country. This means that Ramadan, the month of fasting, is strictly celebrated. There are usually no drinks and no food during the day, at least not in public. When booking offers during this period, you should keep that in mind.

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