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SFO-Hong Kong Cathay vs United Business Class

Apple / Othermario123
Dec 11, 2018

Recently joined GSM team at Apple. Will be travelling frequently to HK and Shanghai.

Any recommendations on United vs Cathay.

Which has better inflight services and rewards program(especially for travel to India)

Full Disclosure - Indian guy looks to collect points to visit back.

TC - 200k

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  • LinkedIn Shape of💩
    United is 🗑
    Dec 11, 20180
  • Pinterest expin
    Fly Cathay. Deposit your miles with Alaska. Use them to redeem on Emirates for trips to India.
    Dec 11, 20185
    • Apple / Othermario123
      OP
      Details please on how to do it
      Dec 11, 2018
    • IBM fTaY55
      You get something like 225% miles flown when crediting Cathay business class to Alaska Airlines. Probably more once you get status I.e. flying 75K+ miles per year. So you’ll need to create an Alaska airlines frequent flyer account and credit your flights to it. You can then redeem those miles for Alaska partner airlines including Emirates.

      Don’t discount United though. Depends how often you travel and cost of your tickets you can potentially earn a lot of United miles for paid business class. Up to 11x (I think) per dollar spent on each ticket once you get 1K status (flying 100K miles per year). United is a member of star alliance which has a lot of options to India.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Pinterest expin
      Good point, IBM. United also has Singapore and even Air India as partners, so they may have more award availability overall.

      Here's another factor to consider - with United, if you fly/spend enough (>$100K/year and over 300K miles/year), you qualify into their global services program, which is a huge deal. May not apply to you if you're not flying to Asia every month, but I know someone who does and it makes all their flying much smoother.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Apple / Othermario123
      OP
      I find redeeming Alaska Miles on Emirates quite complicated, there is no direct way on either Alaska or Emirates website
      Dec 11, 2018
    • IBM fTaY55
      It should be straight forward to do it online via Alaskan. Might need to create an account and login first and then just do a search for your desired route making sure you select mileage redemption option. Keep in mind award availability using any airline miles is never guaranteed.

      It will cost 42500/82500/150000 Alaska miles each way per person to/from USA-India in economy/business/first class respectively to fly emirates.

      Pinterest: United will also let you mix partners and also has Lufthansa, Swiss, Thai, ANA and many others in addition to the ones you’ve mentioned so gives a lot of routing options.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Boeing / OpsAirbus
    Cathay all the way
    Dec 11, 20180
  • Apple no go
    Cathay
    Dec 11, 20180
  • Oracle _Happening
    Business Class? 200k TC?
    Dec 11, 20181
    • Apple / Othermario123
      OP
      Everyone flies Business to Asia for work
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Google WOqg33
    They're both really good for transcontinental. One plus Cathay has over United is in the biz class they have 1-2-1 config compared with Polaris' 2-2-2.

    For points, I'd go with United. More partners that fly to India
    Dec 11, 20181
    • Facebook public2
      Polaris is 1-2-1*
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Apple / Othermario123
    OP
    I see a vast majority voting Cathay, How is their rewards program especially when travelling to India
    Dec 11, 20181
    • IBM fTaY55
      You don’t want to credit to their own award program. Better to credit to Alaska (as stated above) or American Airlines.
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Cisco Wakeup
    Fly cathay. Use american airlines AA frequent flier program. There are lot of airlines u can redeeem the AA miles on.
    Dec 11, 20180
  • Juniper / Engsixpack
    If you have Singapore airlines option, go for it. They have service to Hong Kong. Also, Singapore airlines is much better option for India compared to Cathay.
    Dec 11, 20180
  • Facebook public2
    United but only for sfo to hkg. The polaris point is choice. Better plane and rewards. Once you hit 1k fly Singapore airlines obviously.
    Dec 11, 20180
  • Apple / Eng
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    Cathay! They will treat you like royalty 👍🏾
    Dec 11, 20180

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