Cathay Pacific will be starting service between Chicago and Hong Kong on September 1, and to promote the route, they’ll be selling 100 tickets for $100 each including tax.
Every Thursday in July (starting tomorrow) they’ll be selling 25 tickets on this page at 3:25PM central time. The first 25 people to fill out the entry page will get the tickets each week.
As far as I can tell the only restrictions are that one has to be a resident of the US and at least 18 years old. I don’t see any date restrictions, and given that this is a new route, I’m guessing they’ll be pretty flexible.
Obviously flying coach on a 15 hour flight isn’t much of a “prize” for many, but then again, that’s an amazing fare to an amazing city, and Cathay Pacific probably isn’t the worst airline in the world to be stuck in coach on.
It’s also worth mentioning that if you’re looking to redeem miles on Cathay Pacific (be they American AAdvantage miles, British Airways Executive Club miles, or miles in a different program), Cathay Pacific has excellent award space on this new route. I’ve even seen some dates with four first class award seats, which is amazing given that there are only six first class seats on the 777s operating this route.
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)