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    What are fare classes?

    Your fare class is a letter assigned to your ticket, and each fare class comes with its own set of benefits and flexibility. It will determine your baggage allowance, the option to select your seat in advance, the number of Asia Miles and Status Points you’ll earn and more.

    Your fare class also determines your eligibility for potential upgrades using Asia Miles or other carrier miles programmes. Please note that not all codeshare (non-Cathay Pacific) flights are eligible for upgrades.


    Fare type

    Light

    Essential

    Flex

    Fare classes Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N, Q, O
    Cabin baggage1 1 piece, 7kg 1 piece, 7kg 1 piece, 7kg
    Checked baggage1, 2 1 piece, 23kg 2 pieces, 23kg each 2 pieces, 23kg each
    Seat pre-selection3, 4 Regular seat For a fee Free of charge Free of charge
    Preferred seat For a fee For a fee Free of charge
    Extra legroom seat For a fee For a fee Free of charge
    Flight change5 For a fee + potential fare difference For a fee + potential fare difference Free of charge + potential fare difference
    Cancellation5 For a fee For a fee For a fee
    No show5 For a fee For a fee For a fee
    Earn Status Points and miles7 Allowed Allowed Allowed
    Upgrade with miles4 - Eligible Eligible
    Standby for earlier flight4 - - Available

    Fare type

    Essential

    Flex

    Fare classes E W, R
    Cabin baggage1, 2 1 piece, 7kg 1 piece, 7kg
    Checked baggage1, 2 2 pieces, 23kg each 2 pieces, 23kg each
    Seat pre-selection3, 4 Free of charge Free of charge
    Flight change5 For a fee + potential fare difference Free of charge6 + potential fare difference
    Cancellation5 For a fee Free of charge6
    No show5 For a fee For a fee
    Earn Status Points and miles7 Allowed Allowed
    Upgrade with miles 4 - Eligible
    Standby for earlier flight 4 - Available

    Fare type

    Light

    Essential

    Flex

    Fare classes I D, P J, C
    Cabin baggage1, 2 1 piece, 10kg 1 piece, 10kg 1 piece, 10kg
    Checked baggage1, 2 2 pieces, 32kg each 2 pieces, 32kg each 2 pieces, 32kg each
    Seat pre-selection3, 4 Free of charge Free of charge Free of charge
    Flight change5 For a fee + potential fare difference For a fee + potential fare difference Free of charge6 + potential fare difference
    Cancellation5 For a fee For a fee Free of charge6
    No show5 For a fee For a fee For a fee
    Earn Status Points and miles7 Allowed Allowed Allowed
    Upgrade with miles4 Eligible Eligible Eligible
    Standby for earlier flight4 - - Available

    Fare type

    Flex

    Fare classes F, A
    Cabin baggage1 1 piece, 15kg
    Checked baggage1, 2 3 pieces, 32kg each
    Seat pre-selection3, 4 Free of charge
    Flight change5 Free of charge + potential fare difference
    Cancellation5 Free of charge6
    No show5 For a fee
    Earn Status Points and miles7 Allowed
    Standby for earlier flight4 Available

    Cabin

    Economy

    Premium Economy

    Business

    First

    Fare classes X T U Z
    Cabin baggage1, 2 1 piece, 7kg 1 piece, 7kg 1 piece, 10kg 1 piece, 15kg
    Checked baggage1, 2 1 piece, 23kg 2 pieces, 23kg each 2 pieces, 32kg each 3 pieces, 32kg each
    Seat pre-selection3, 4 For a fee Free of charge Free of charge Free of charge
    Flight change5 For a fee For a fee For a fee For a fee
    Cancellation5 For a fee For a fee For a fee For a fee
    No show5 Free of charge Free of charge Free of charge Free of charge
    Earn Status Points and miles7 - - - -
    Upgrade with miles4 - - - -
    Standby for earlier flight4 - - - -
    • 1 Cathay members may enjoy additional baggage allowance according to their member status. Please refer to our Baggage information page for more details.
    • 2 For journeys between Hong Kong and New Zealand, please visit our Baggage information page for more details. For flights with the ultimate ticketed origin/ destination within the U.S. or Canada, please refer to Baggage information carrier rules page for more details.
    • 3 Cathay members may enjoy free seat pre-selection according to their member status. For passengers traveling with a child or an infant, please visit our Reserve your seat page for more details.
    • 4 Applicable to flights marketed and operated by Cathay Pacific only and subject to availability.
    • 5 The fee charged for flight change or cancellation and no-show will vary based on your fare type (with lower costs for a higher fare type in general). Fees are subject to change without prior notice.
    • 6 Fees may apply for selected countries/regions and are subject to change without prior notice. You can find the exact amount when purchasing the ticket online or by contacting Customer Care or your travel agent.
    • 7 Status Points and miles accrual will vary based on fare type and fare class. You can use our Status Points and Asia Miles calculator to see how many Status Points and miles you can earn for a particular journey.

    Your questions, answered


    For Economy cabin, if there are still seats available, all three fare types (Light/Essential/Flex) will be available for booking.

    For other cabins, the fare types available for booking will depend on the availability of the seats allocated for each corresponding fare class.

    You can change and reissue your ticket to a higher fare type or cabin. This can be done in Manage Booking or by contacting Customer Care or your travel agent. A change fee may apply as per the fare terms and conditions.

    Please note that you are not able to change your ticket to a lower fare type.

    Yes, it is possible to combine different fare types in one itinerary. An example would be flying Economy Light to your destination and returning on Economy Flex.

    Please purchase your ticket via our website or through a travel agent. Note: combination fare types are currently not available via the Cathay Pacific app.

    Yes, you can share your baggage allowance with your travel companions if you check in together for the same flight(s) at the airport.

    Yes, prepaid extra baggage is available for purchase up to 24 hours before the scheduled flight departure time. Extra baggage options are also offered at the airport during check-in.

    Yes, our optional add-ons – including advance seat reservations, prepaid extra baggage and lounge pass – are available after you purchase your ticket. 

    Advance seat reservation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively, you may reserve another seat type that is complimentary for your fare. If the seat type of your choice becomes available, you can update your selection in Manage Booking or during online check-in.

    Please note you will not be entitled to a full or partial refund of your purchased fare if the seat type of your choice is unavailable. Visit our Reserve your seat page for more details.

    Your selected seat(s) will remain the same. However, due to operational, safety or security reasons, we may reassign you an alternative seat. Please note you will not be entitled to a full or partial refund of your purchased fare due to a change in your advance seat reservation.

    You may choose Economy Light and purchase a regular seat / preferred seat reservation separately for an additional fee. If you’d like to reserve an extra legroom seat, for example, you may choose to purchase Economy Flex or Economy Light and an extra legroom seat reservation.

    We highly recommend that you always compare the costs of different Economy fare types and travel extras separately before purchasing your ticket, as they may vary by route.

    No, early standby can only be used on the date of travel. It must be an earlier flight departing on the same day and on the same route.

    Upgrade Bid is available for all Economy and Premium Economy fare types except award tickets. Please visit our Upgrade Bid page for more details.

    With some connecting flights, you may be seated in a lower cabin class for the shorter leg of your journey due to:

    • The cabin you booked is unavailable on the aircraft
    • Limited seat availability for shorter connecting Cathay Pacific and interline flights
    • Commercial agreement with other airlines on seat availability for the cabin you booked

    Yes, it is possible to combine different cabins in one itinerary. An example would be flying Economy (any fare type) at the start of your trip and returning in Premium Economy.

    Please purchase the combination fare of your selected cabin and one higher cabin up via our website. Note: combination fares are currently not available via the Cathay Pacific app.