Last month I highlighted The Cheapest Business Class Fares From Each Airline.
FlightFox has now put together their list of best airline first class products, and the routes with the cheapest fares you can buy to fly them.
I don’t really agree with them that Singapore Airlines offers the best all-around first class product (though they do restrict the claim to Singapore’s A380). Or that Lufthansa has the 5th-best.
I’d take Qantas’ A380 First Class Suites (#15) over Air France (#12), JAL (#11), or Qatar (#7) in first.. in a heartbeat.
But the list is useful for finding routes where you can buy tickets, try the products, and do so without shelling out tens of thousands of dollars. In most cases I’d redeem miles for first class, but some have been known to buy an Emirates A380 flight between Bangkok and Hong Kong or a trans-tasman flight between Australia and New Zealand.
Cathay Pacific regularly flies Taipei – Hong Kong with a 777-300ER… meaning they offer their first class product on the route. It runs ~ $700.
Etihad’s first class can be found flying Abu Dhabi – Mumbai at less than $1000.
Singapore’s 777-300ER first class? Seoul – Singapore. Albeit still expensive at over $1500.
Some of these on the list are just wrong. For instance, British Airways first class is listed as being cheapest on the London – Hong Kong route at over $8000. It seems to me the cheapest would be something like Muscat – Abu Dhabi at a little over $300.
Similarly they list Seoul – Los Angeles as the cheapest route to take Korean Air first class. But Korean flies several routes intra-Asia with a first class cabin. I’ve taken Kuala Lumpur – Seoul, for instance, and that ticket would be about a third the price.
Check out the full list. Although bear in mind these are non-stop city pairs offering first class at a lower price than you’ll normally see it (often for shorter or oddball routes). You may be able to find much lower prices for connecting flights, a business class flight originating from another city connecting onward in first class.