View from the Wing points to a thread on FlyerTalk about the abundance of first class award inventory on Cathay Pacific for the YYZ to HKG route, but not necessarily for the return (HKG-YYZ). I’ve actually noticed this for quite some time now, and it’s very tempting. I wouldn’t call it “wide open,” but availability is still good. Usually a couple days a week are open for the time I was looking, although during busier travel I often found nothing.
The best part about this, and what makes it so incredibly rare, is that some flights have two F awards available! Keep in mind that this is on the 777-300ER, which only has six seats in first class, not to mention that this is the new F cabin.
Furthermore, you’ll find that award inventory is also pretty good on other One World airlines like JAL, as Gary points out, even for two people. With over 300,000 AA miles I’m very tempted to book an Asia award for two, although I can’t seem to fit it into my schedule as part of a real trip. Bleh! I’m almost tempted to just fly to Asia for a weekend just to try Cathay and JAL up front….