HKG-LHR in J - CX or QF? | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

HKG-LHR in J - CX or QF?

Status
Not open for further replies.

Homer

Established Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2006
Messages
1,402
We are doing a DONE4 in September/October and are currently on QF 29 HKG-LHR. Neither of us have ever travelled on CX but from some of the posts on this forum I think I should consider switching from QF to CX for this sector.

Would anyone care to comment? Is CX better than QF in J or is it really only "the best" in F?
 

Leumas

Active Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2004
Messages
549
IMHO, if you want to sleep, the QF seat is better for sleeping. In terms of service, CX is better on average.

Both have arrival lounges, but the BA lounge at LHR T4 is better. Departure lounges are non-issues, you can probably still use CX lounges at HKG despite flying QF.

Depending on your QFF status, you can also get more miles with QF than CX. Another point to consider, depending on which CX flight you choose, you may be going on an Airbus - personally, I hate that aircraft.

Personally, I'd go with QF unless you really want to try CX. The extra miles apart, I'd pick CX for day time flights and QF for night flights.
 

garyjohn951

Active Member
Joined
Jul 21, 2006
Messages
561
Agree QF is better for evening flight. Took 747 CX in May HK to Lon. Service was excellent.
Dispute the commentthat the lounges in HK are not different. CX is far better than BA/QF. CX has better food, drink and the wireless internet is free not like the BA/QF vultures.
 

Dave Noble

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2005
Messages
6,419
Homer said:
We are doing a DONE4 in September/October and are currently on QF 29 HKG-LHR. Neither of us have ever travelled on CX but from some of the posts on this forum I think I should consider switching from QF to CX for this sector.

Would anyone care to comment? Is CX better than QF in J or is it really only "the best" in F?
I would switch to CX and take a daytime flight to HKG then overnight in a hotel and continue on on CX's daytime flight since it leaves at a more civilised time (choice of 0945 or 1450). If you want a night flight ex-MEL through to London, then QF would be the choice

Dave
 

NM

Moderator
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
15,792
Flights
My Map
Leumas said:
Both have arrival lounges, but the BA lounge at LHR T4 is better. Departure lounges are non-issues, you can probably still use CX lounges at HKG despite flying QF.
No arrivals lounge at LHR for QF29 arrivals. The arrivals lounge closes around 2pm.
 

Homer

Established Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2006
Messages
1,402
So NM would you recommend a CX mid-morning or mid-afternoon flight over QF 29?
 

Mal

AFF Supporter
Joined
Dec 25, 2004
Messages
12,254
Flights
My Map
I'm always torn between Qantas and Cathay Pacific.

The Qantas skybed is better than the J Cathay Bed. (I tend to slide down the Cathay bed/feel like it's too short. No problems with the Qantas Skybed).

Service on Cathay is a lot better than Qantas.

Cathay treats OWE's a lot better than Qantas.

Food is similar, but I like the different types of offered food with Cathay.

Flying Cathay and crediting to Qantas means a points difference (lose status bonus that a WP would get on Qantas).
 

NM

Moderator
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
15,792
Flights
My Map
Homer said:
So NM would you recommend a CX mid-morning or mid-afternoon flight over QF 29?
For me it would be a tough choice. I would definitely be going for a daytime flight, so QF29 would fit the bill. I would be wanting to get some rest, putting QF Skybed ahead of CX. However, the CX AVOD is very good and reliable.

My first choice would be to spend some QF FF points and take QF29 and waitlist for an upgrade to First Class.

I am not a big fan of the CX A340-300 compared with a 744, so would probably lean towards the QF flight since the CX257 and CX253 are A340-300.

However, if the 7:40am QF29 departure was going to be inconvenient, then I would happy with the 9:45am CX257 since its a daytime flight. The Scotch on CX is better than QF (JW Gold vs The Glenlivet 15yo for business class), and CX have upgraded me to F on all my long-haul J flights, so those would be considerations.

Another factor would be the FF program. If crediting to QF then the QF flight earns the Status Bonus. For AAdvantage it does not matter if I take QF or CX.
 

Homer

Established Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2006
Messages
1,402
Thank you to everyone for your replies. I will stick with QF 29 on this occasion.
 

Alan in CBR

Member
Joined
Apr 2, 2004
Messages
308
Leumas said:
Both have arrival lounges, but the BA lounge at LHR T4 is better. Departure lounges are non-issues, you can probably still use CX lounges at HKG despite flying QF.
Does CX really have an arrivals lounge at LHR? I recently switched from a CX HKG-LHR flight to a BA one specifically because I needed to be able to access a lounge on arrival, and thought CX didn't have one.
 

NM

Moderator
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
15,792
Flights
My Map
Alan in CBR said:
Does CX really have an arrivals lounge at LHR? I recently switched from a CX HKG-LHR flight to a BA one specifically because I needed to be able to access a lounge on arrival, and thought CX didn't have one.
No mention of an arrivals lounge on their web site.
 

Alan in CBR

Member
Joined
Apr 2, 2004
Messages
308
Leumas said:
CX use the AA arrival lounge.
Well I've certainly learnt something today. Now I'm kicking myself for changing flights, because I've yet to experience CX in J.
 

HardieBoys

Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2003
Messages
411
CX used to offer a complimentary limousine transfer service on flights from HKG to LHR (as did BA), though I'm not sure if they still do. CX don't offer the status point bonus, whilst QF and BA do, though you do get the cabin bonus and the status credits.

In terms of comfort, I prefer the QF seat, which is longer than the CX one. The CX IFE used to be much better than QF, but I think the difference is less pronounced now.

In terms of service, QF can be as good as CX, but CX is much more consistent in it's service. QF long haul staff, even in J, have been known to provide an uneven service. Their service seems to depend on how they're feeling on the day, amongst other factors. I've had some of the best, and some of the most mediocre, service on QF.
 

Reggie

Established Member
Joined
Mar 20, 2006
Messages
1,616
I agree with HardieBoys, The seats on QF are better, the service on CX is consistently better than QF. The food range and availability is also better on CX. Points accrual is better on QF when status points are taken into consideration. QF service can occasionally be exceptionally good, but seems to depend on the CSO.
 

HardieBoys

Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2003
Messages
411
To be fair to the QF vs CX staff service issue, the CX staff do have an enforced retirement age (like many Asian airlines). Fundamentally, they're both pretty good options, when you consider that we could be debating the relative merits of North American airlines.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Community Statistics

Threads
81,265
Messages
1,873,924
Members
49,119
Latest member
stucoran

Currently Active Users

Top