Hong Kong’s flagship airline, Cathay Pacific, is known for having some of the best premium economy seats in the sky, among other accolades. But is it really worth jumping for the upgrade, or even giving up airline miles for it?
Over the past five years, I’ve made many 17+ hour trips from London to my hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia, and have gained quite a bit of an understanding of long distance travel. So I wanted to know if Cathay Pacific Premium Economy seats live up to the name and how they differ from business class.
Cathay Pacific introduced Premium Economy Class in 2012 and quickly earned a reputation for being the perfect balance between affordability and superior comfort. This is the kind of thing you don’t get very often on a coach. We’re talking more space, a step-up menu, ample storage, and even an amenity kit. These features alone might be worth an upgrade, especially for longer distances, but it was at the airport that instantly captivated me on his five-hour journey from Jakarta to Hong Kong.
Dedicated check-in counters made it quick and easy to drop off our bags, which we really appreciated when we were running late. As for luggage, there is a generous weight limit of 100 pounds for two suitcases. By the way, Singapore Airlines business class passengers are given only £88. And the cherry on top? There is also priority boarding at the gate.
Once on board and past Business Class (more on that later), you’ll be seated in the Premium Economy cabin, only available on Cathay Pacific’s A350 and B777 aircraft. Decorated in the airline’s iconic teal green interior, the seats are arranged in his 2-4-2 configuration. On my quiet flight, there were 32 seats available, but luckily less than half were filled, making for a very intimate and cozy journey.