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2023
11
May
Cathay Pacific: Toronto to Hong Kong Discounted Tickets Contest

Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific is having a contest with the opportunity to 'win a ticket' from Toronto (or Vancouver) to Hong Kong.

The ticket is not free, but it should be deeply discounted. Cathay claims you only need to pay the taxes, fees, and carrier surcharges. A random search for a flight in September shows this amount to be around $440 of the $2400 roundtrip ticket price.

However, back in late March winners of the same contest in Southeast Asia felt that the taxes, fees, and surcharges were more than they were expecting.

Many media outlets been promoting the ticket offer as a 'giveaway' which has probably led people to believe the tickets are free.

In actuality the contest is part of a huge “Hello Hong Kong” tourism campaign announced back in February, involving 500,000 subsidized round-trip airline tickets aimed at luring back travelers after several years of strict pandemic travel restrictions.

How it will work

Registration for the discounted ticket contest is now open and can be found here.

On May 17th at 9 PM EST Cathay Pacific will send out the link to those that have registered, and the tickets will become available on a first come, first served basis.

According to Cathay Pacific: "At time of launch a waiting room will be activated, this waiting room does not guarantee acquisition of tickets, bookings are only guaranteed once payment is made. We expect traffic volumes to be high."

Only one discounted ticket per registered user can be purchased.

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9 Responses to "Cathay Pacific: Toronto to Hong Kong Discounted Tickets Contest"


    Has Tried to sign in at 7 been here?
       Tried to sign in at 7 on May 17th, 2023

    Queued for more than an hour ????

    Has Alice been here?
       Alice on May 17th, 2023

    It starts at 9 PM EST. 27 minutes to go.

    Has Hanna been here?
       Hanna on May 17th, 2023

    Did anyone get a code in an email? I never received anything despite signing up. 12 minutes to go in the queue… fingers crossed lmao

    Has Chris been here?
       Chris on May 17th, 2023

    Yeah.... not much of a contest. Went through all their steps. Loaded the page on the website within a couple seconds of 9ET. Sat in queue for an hour with it still saying "over and hour remaining" and by 9:51 it added the message that "all tickets from YYZ are sold out" Not sure what you needed to do to get the ticket (you could only get 1), but an actual contest would have been better.

    Has Krista been here?
       Krista on May 17th, 2023

    Interesting, the queue number hasn't changed for me (46098), never got that message of being sold out. :(

    Has Jeremy  been here?
       Jeremy on May 17th, 2023

    Has anyone actually won the ticket?
    Didn't bother after being put in a queue hahaha

    Has Chris been here?
       Chris on May 17th, 2023

    Yeah... complete waste of time. Completely sold out by 1050. Despite signing into the room within the first couple seconds of it opening. There were supposedly still Vancouver tickets left when the timer finally got to 0 but couldn't sign into my account as it kept crashing until finally it booted me out and said all tickets are sold.

    What a dumb way to run a "contest" waste everyone's time instead of just emailing out codes to those picked.

    Has Ches been here?
       Ches on May 17th, 2023

    I was able to sign in but the code is not displayed in the search page :( also the price is like $3.5k up (dec 2023).
    I tried to pay hoping that the price will adjusted at the payment page but it crashed (5 times)

    Has Speff been here?
       Speff on May 18th, 2023

    Same experience as others. A long wait and then rejection.

    No transparency as to how many tickets they are actually releasing.

    If this was just a scam to add to their mailing list it wouldn't go much differently.

    A connection somewhere else is looking pretty good when the cost difference is $1500+, for me anyway.

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