Brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1810 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
In my experience of Cathay you can't. You can call and request a seat, it works the same if you book online -- you request a seat (although available seats are shown only if they're not requested). If you're a OW/AM member or booked online, you can do online checkin up to 48 hours prior to departure.
Couple of notes though:
1) you can only call the airline direct AFTER the ticket's been issued -- prior to that, you need to get your travel agent to request a seat for you.
2) even if you've done online checkin, your seat is not guaranteed, and you still need to get your BP at the airport.
YLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 883 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2716 times:
i'm a FF on CX's YVR-HKG route, and the answer is Yes/No.
Yes: if you book directly from CX with FULL Y fare or less then 30% discount ticket.
Yes: if your travel agent is willing to take the time to do it for you.
Yes: if you have a special need (e.g. baby onboard)
No: Redemption ticket
No: deeply discounted ticket
No: if you got a lazy travel agent
Hong Kong is not China. Not better or worse, just different.