The Emirates Airbus A380 is special. First class features suites with doors, though there are better first class suites. Emirates has an amazing food and beverage program, often including $500 wines and even more expensive cognacs. And it has two on board showers. There’s also the business class bar.
But it’s an expensive product, both spending cash and spending miles. You’ll have to spend a lot more miles than most programs require for comparable travel. Except there’s a route where they give the seats away for less than the wine you can drink on board.
However there’s an opportunity to try out Emirates Airbus A380 first class on one short route for much less than you’d ever expect to pay.
- Emirates flies between Hong Kong and Bangkok.
- A roundtrip originating in Bangkok is just $912 in first class. A one way is a little over $600. (HT to Loyalty Lobby who is actually seeing roundtrip fares as low as $875.)
- These fares are available pretty much every day.
Bangkok – Hong Kong is a highly competitive route. There are around two dozen non-stop flights per day, operated by at least 7 airlines. As a result, fares – including premium cabin fares – come cheap. You won’t get the ‘full first class experience’ on a 3 hour flight, but if you’re going to travel between the two Asian megacities, why not splurge? At this price you can legitimately more than eat and drink the full ticket cost.
You should probably credit purchased Emirates “A” fares to Air Canada’s Aeroplan where they earn 150% of flown miles.