Flying Premium Economy With Cathay Pacific

Join me as I fly Premium Economy from London > Hong Kong > Phuket with Cathay Pacific! Words & pictures by Hayley...


flying premium economy with cathay pacific!


Let me paint a lil’ scene for you here. When we touched down to London Heathrow at 6.20am, I felt surprisingly fresh (having slept about a full 8 hours on and hour, I swear I can sleep anywhere, anytime haha!), myself and Ben have recently arrived home from an incredible 8 day holiday to Phuket, which yes, I’m afraid you’ll be hearing SO much more about soon, so feel free to stop reading this blog until January (I joke, PLZ don’t). We flew with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong in premium economy and today I want to share our incredible experience with you! On the flight back from Hong Kong, I watched Elf, Love Actually and had Haagen-Daz ice cream and champagne.. can I get a HELL YEAH for the best flight.. ever?!

So, last week we arrived at Heathrow terminal 3 (I’ve actually only ever flown from terminal 3 about 6 years ago when I went to New York for the first time with my grandparents!), and it was just as lush as I remembered, once we’d checked in and dropped our SUPER heavy bags off (well mine anyway, coz girl gotta have options on holiday, no?!), then we headed for some shopping in duty free and grabbed a quick bite to eat before boarding the plane.
We were actually allowed to board the flight first, so I could get some footage of the plane before everyone boarded (how cool is that?!), I had a mini tour of the plane from the lovely flight staff James. I was literally dribbling over first class, and once I’d picked my jaw up of the floor we took a tour of business class, premium economy and economy. I won’t go into too much detail on each class, and we flied Premium Economy so I can’t really comment much on the other classes as we didn’t fly them (other than each and every one looked incredible!), but you can see more on a tour of the plane and each class here if you’d like to have a closer look!

With Premium Economy, the perks include increased baggage allowance, a wider seat and 8 inches to recline back so you can get some sleep, an amenity kit with toothbrush, socks and an eye mask, there is also a multi port connector where you can connect your ipad/phone and stream straight from there, oh and some noise cancelling headphones too.. winning!

Oh, and there's currently and EPIC SALE on with Cathay Pacific - you can book a return seat in Economy for just £419 - BOOK HERE, or a return with Premium Economy for £869 - BOOK HERE.


As I previously mentioned we flew via Hong Kong, our flight from London to Hong Kong was around 12 hours, we then had just under 2 hours in the airport which absolutely flew by as we used the Business class lounge and HUBBA HUBBA it was just so dreamy! Rows upon rows of my favourite magazines to read, showers, coffee shop, noodle bar, free flowing champagne.. you name it, they got it! I was actually a little gutted that we only had 2 hours there (who’d have thought I’d ever be saying that I was gutted to leave an airport transfer!), and we boarded the next leg of our flight which was around 3 and a half hours to Phuket.

I’m personally gutted that we didn’t get any time in Hong Kong as I’d actually really love to visit, the airport was so clean with the most incredible shops (I mean, you can just imagine it can’t you?!)! I’ve heard such amazing things about Hong Kong and would definitely spend a few days there next time! On the short haul flight we also flew premium which included incredible legroom and a delicious 3 course meal which was actually from the business class menu.. that’s a YES from me!

Once we arrived in Phuket, both of us had a 2 hour nap and then no jet lag what so ever, I was so amazed! We were a little concerned on doing a long haul flight for an 8 day trip as we thought we’d be suffering from jet lag for at least 3 days.. but nope, nothing! This to me, warrants the extra money to fly premium as we really did feel so refreshed as we’d had the chance to sleep well on the flight and was ready to step straight into action once we’d arrived in Phuket. And OBV by ‘action’ I mean, lay on a sun lounger, read books, drink cocktails etc etc.

Our flight home was equally as present, if not more so, as I slept around a solid 8 hours, watched Elf and Love Actually (two of my favourite Christmas films, EVER). I have to admit it was super weird spending the first few days of December in Thailand as my social feed was inundated with everyones festivities from decorations to Christmas markets, and well we were just on a beach, like Santa who? But on the way home I was ready to come back and decorate our tree, start wrapping my gifts for loved ones and sip on some mulled wine, so I was absolutely thrilled when I saw my FAV Christmas films on the TV’s.. WINNING.

All in all, our fight and experience as a whole with Cathay Pacific was incredible, from start to finish. The staff genuinely couldn’t do enough for us, we had no queues, delays or waiting around. Everything ran super smoothly and on time, the comfort levels was through the roof, as was the food and catering. This was the first time that I’d flown with Cathay Pacific (who are a Hong Kong specialist airline in case you were wondering), but I can safely say they’ll be a sure fire for me in the future, especially travelling to anywhere in south east Asia or long haul as they were just AWESOME!

Have you ever flown Premium Economy before? Or with Cathay Pacific? Did you enjoy the experience as much as I did? 


  1. Ashley 16th December 2016 / 10:53 am

    I’ve been flying Cathay Pacific for eight years or so now and I can definitely say that they’re one of the best Asian airlines. Been going on Premium Economy for a year now and am loving it! Really makes a difference on long haul flights. x

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 12:55 pm

      That’s so good to hear love, this was my first experience but I was honestly so impressed with them! I completely agree it really does! x

  2. Suze - Luxury Columnist 16th December 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I didn’t realize that you had recently been to Phuket too, Hayley! We must have been there around the same time. We flew with Eva Air to Bangkok and took Air Asia to Phuket a few days later, but I’d definitely consider Cathay Pacific for a future trip

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 1:00 pm

      I can’t believe we must have just missed each other love! I’ve never flown with Eva Air – I’ll have to look into them for my next trip 🙂 Yes do love, they were a great airline! x

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Same love, I flew once with BA to Costa Rica and it was AMAZING! x

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Yes of lovely – it really was a great experience! x

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Haha same love – the in flight food was incredible! x

  3. Kiran 17th December 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I wish I could sleep on planes but I never can 🙂 great post and video xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 6:42 pm

      I couldn’t before now but had a great sleep on the way home, the leg room made such a difference! x

  4. The Dame International 18th December 2016 / 12:41 am

    The next time I fly to Australia I’m going to go for this option, sounds fab!

    ps: post needs to be proofread 😉

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Yes do love! Oh god thank you, I think I ramble too much then forget to check! x

  5. Jaz 18th December 2016 / 3:26 pm

    It makes all the difference flying premium economy, I normally save my Virgin Flying Miles. Will definitely check out Cathay Pacific, I’d love to go to Phuket too! Can’t wait to hear more about your travels 🙂
    Jaz xoxo

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Ah thank you lovely, super excited to share them with you all! I think so too, especially for long haul! x

    • Hayley 19th December 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Wasn’t it just love? Great touch! x

  6. Emma Hart | Paper Plane and Caramel Waffles 29th December 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Do you know what? After flying with Cathay Pacific to HK in September, they quickly became one of my favourite airlines. I was lucky enough to fly in Premium Economy too and it’s so lush isn’t it? The reclining seats, the footrests, the comfy warm blankets, the champagne…Oh man, it was such a good flight. So glad you enjoyed it too! Now I’m itching to hop on board with them again!

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