Stay at the Burj al Arab, often described as ‘the world’s only 7 star hotel’. Or enjoy a special Marriott redemption at the incredible Al Maha Desert resort, where meals and activities are included and all accommodations are standalone Bedouin villas with their own private pools overlooking the desert. Use a trip to Dubai to visit the Mideast, or as a jumping off point for the Maldives or other destinations in the region.
Right now there’s fantastic first class award space for two passengers on the Washington Dulles – Dubai, Houston – Dubai, and San Francisco – Dubai routes from August through November. This deal was first spotted by Thrifty Traveler‘s premium airfare deal alert service.
By late summer all 3 routes are scheduled to operate with Emirates’ Airbus A380, which offers first class suites and showers. (Currently Boeing 777s are operating, including long haul 777s without first class on the Houston route.)
Here’s October availability for the Houston route:
Here’s October availability for the Washington Dulles route:
Emirates largely restricts first class redemptions to those using miles in its own Skywards program, but Emirates is a transfer partner of literally every one of the major transferable currencies Chase, American Express, Citibank, Capital One, Bilt and Brex. Plus Barclays issues a US co-brand card.
Emirates charges a lot of miles for first class long haul, but they no longer add fuel surcharges to awards. So expect one-way pricing to be 136,000 miles per person on the Washington Dulles route and 155,000 miles per person on Houston and San Francisco.
Dubai is largely open with certain precautions, as are many places you might connect beyond there, though the pandemic has had many surprises in store which presents some risk whenever transferring points out of a flexible currency that cannot be transferred back.