Win 2 return tickets to SFO with Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is advertising that you may win return ticket for 2 to San Francisco (SFO), USA. However, winning is not without conditions and cost- you should register for their loyalty program (which is easy) and should make a booking (which is easy but costs lots of money) and be ready to comply with a set of conditions and cost should you win.
What exactly you will win?
Return economy ticket to SFO, USA from your city in India (city where Cathay operates- Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata only)- this is usually worth around 60-70k per person, excluding taxes.

  • What should I do to win?
  • Create a loyalty account on Cathay's website, activate it
  • Spend your own money and make any booking ex-India before July 31st
  • You will be eligible for a lucky draw, which if you happen to win, will get you 2 return tickets to SFO
Points to note:
  1. Scheme is valid till end of July 2018- you should book a ticket on Cathey before this date for a chance to enter lucky draw
  2. The scheme is India specific. You stand a chance to win only if you book a ticket to/from India on Cathay network
  3. If you win, you should travel before November 30,2018, black out dates may apply
  4. Winner will have lower priority than regular passengers- in case of overbooking, winner will be denied boarding and will be put on next available flight
  5. US Visa will cost about 12k and unless you’ve a strong credentials, there is a risk of not getting visa.
  6. T&C says even meals is extra- I hope it is not true
  7. All taxes have to be paid by the winner- This amount will be around 10000-20000 per person per round trip, depending on various factors such as airport, ticket amount and so on.

Check full T&C Here

So should you ahead go and book?
Cathay Pacific is a full service airline and an expensive one on that. A round trip to Hong Kong from Indian cities costs in the range of 25-35 in most cases. More if you’re going elsewhere. I won’t recommend booking a ticket unnecessarily because of this small chance of winning. But if you anyway have a trip planned and Cathay is one of the options you’re considering then may be you can book on Cathay even if they are a few k expensive than next best option. Use your discretion. Even if you win you’ll be spending about 12-15k on tax and more on visa. Best wishes if you’re booking.

It might be worth considering WOW Air’s India offer- 27000 round trip to US and Canada - No drama, no contests-just bare minimum price.

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