How it works

Step 1: Check your flight eligibility

Upgrade Bid is available on selected routes – verify your flight eligibility by providing your booking information in the panel below.

Step 2: Place a bid to move one cabin class higher

You'll receive an email between 48 to 24 hours prior to the departure of your flight, informing you if your bid has been successful or unsuccessful. Only successful bids will be charged.

Step 3: Enjoy your upgrade

Once your upgrade is confirmed, you’ll enjoy the many benefits of travelling in our award-winning Business Class or Premium Economy. Please note that extra baggage allowance will not be included in your upgrade.

Is your flight eligible for Upgrade Bid?

Check your eligibility by inputting your details in the fields below.

The benefits of upgrading

From more space and priority boarding to lounge access and fine cuisine, the extras make the biggest difference when you travel.

premium economy benefits

Premium Economy

  • Located in a quiet separate cabin, our extra-wide Premium Economy seats have a generous recline and specially designed footrests.
  • Enjoy that little extra throughout your journey, including a welcome drink on arrival, hot towel, amenity kit, and noise-cancelling headphones.
  • Travel more efficiently with dedicated Premium Economy check-in counters in selected airports, and gain priority boarding privileges.

Learn more about Premium Economy on Cathay Pacific

business benefits

Business Class

  • Our award-winning Business Class seat adjusts for both sitting and sleeping – fully reclining into a comfortable flat bed.
  • Flying Business Class gives you access to our premium lounges around the world, including our flagship lounges in Hong Kong.
  • Our Business Class menu serves up locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, while also offering lighter and healthy dining options.

Learn more about Business Class on Cathay Pacific

Helpful information

Route Availability

Please note that bookings made in India, or between Hong Kong and any destinations in India, are excluded from participating in Upgrade Bid due to technical limitations.

When booking

For flights booked on our website, Upgrade Bid eligibility notification will appear on the booking confirmation page.

When placing a bid

You’ll be asked to provide payment details when placing your bid. Please note the amount payable for Upgrade Bid is separate from and additional to the amount paid for the original ticket. You can change or cancel your bid up to 50 hours before flight departure.

When your bid is successful

You'll receive an email between 48 to 24 hours prior to the departure of your flight, informing you if your bid has been successful or unsuccessful. If you check in online before receiving our notification, we will no longer be able to process your bid.

More about Upgrade Bid

Frequently asked questions

More about how the Upgrade Bid feature works, including information about bids for multiple passengers and multi-segment flights.

Terms and conditions

This page contains important information that pertains to your use of the Upgrade Bid feature.