May 17, 2022

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Traveler asks, Where’s the refund for my upgrade on Cathay Pacific?

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A Cathay Pacific jet.

Q: I not long ago asked for a refund from Abroad Experience Journey for an air ticket I purchased as a result of them for a Cathay Pacific flight. I experienced booked a round-excursion top quality economic climate ticket from San Francisco to Hong Kong. A consultant from OAT air department recommended this upgrade to quality economic climate mainly because Cathay Pacific experienced a particular fee. I paid out OAT an added $1,300 for this upgrade.

On the flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong, I was not seated in top quality financial system. The rationale for this action by Cathay Pacific was a alter in plane. Even at test-in on the internet, the alter in seating was not uncovered. I was really upset and stressed above this. I paid very good cash to be seated in a seat of my choice for this 12-hour flight.

I have contacted OAT many situations. They retain telling me that it will take time to get a refund from the airlines. I feel that likely on 4 months is way also long of a hold out. I motivation a refund from OAT to my account of $650, fifty percent of the round-excursion ticket. Can you aid me? — Margaret Carroll, Livermore, California

A: If you had a ticket in high quality overall economy, you should really have sat in top quality overall economy. Cathay Pacific could have been much more proactive about notifying you, and the refund need to have been automatic and significantly, substantially a lot quicker.

But an aircraft transform — or “equipment alter,” in airline parlance — is not a bait-and-switch. It happens reasonably routinely when a airplane isn’t doing the job effectively, or the airline needs to accommodate far more travellers. However, I believe Cathay Pacific could possibly have alerted you when you checked in and provided other solutions, this sort of as rescheduling you on a flight with high quality economy.

By the way, high quality economic system is variety of a misnomer. All overall economy course seats should really have a minimum volume of legroom and features, especially on a 12-hour flight. Premium financial system is a lie, if you question me. They should really just contact it economic system course and get rid of the tiny seats that you had to endure for half a working day.

You ended up right to get in touch with Abroad Journey Journey in creating. It sold you the Cathay Pacific update. And you are also appropriate that 4 months is way much too prolonged to hold out. If you are nevertheless on keep just after a month, you can escalate your case in composing to a supervisor. I checklist the names, numbers and e-mails for Overseas Adventure Vacation on my nonprofit advocacy web-site at

But, ultimately, this refund was up to Cathay Pacific. I must take note that your excursion happened in advance of COVID-19 — so no pandemic excuses! You could have contacted Cathay Pacific or appealed to a manager. I listing executive contacts for Cathay Pacific on my site, way too, at

I attained out to Overseas Experience Journey and Cathay Pacific on your behalf. Five months immediately after you requested a refund, you at last received it.

Christopher Elliott is the ombudsman for Nationwide Geographic Traveler journal and the author of “How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler.” You can study additional journey tips on his blog,, or electronic mail him at [email protected]

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