If Emirates first class seems out of reach, think again.
Your very own private suite in the sky, the finest wines and a chance to shower at 38,000 feet. Maybe even the whole first class cabin to yourself. While the Emirates first class experience might seem inaccessible, it’s actually much easier than you think.
Right now, there’s an incredible opportunity to try this exceptional product for a very low number of Qantas Points – and there are at least two award seats available almost any day of the year (more on that below).
Plus, if you play your cards right, you may even score the Emirates first class cabin all to yourself – just as I did when I enjoyed this incredible redemption recently.
It works like this: A one-way first-class jaunt on the Emirates A380 between Sydney and Christchurch can be yours for just 62,200 Qantas points and approximately $120 in carrier fees.
The current rate recently jumped from 54,000 points, with Qantas increasing points pricing in premium cabins from 18 September, with a slight reduction in fees.
Should I fork out 62,200 Qantas Points for 3 hours in Emirates first class?
In short, absolutely! This short and sweet taste of the pointy end has earned its reputation as one of the best first class experiences in the sky. Here’s why.
Connect from selected cities at no extra points cost
Travelling from Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra or Hobart? You can tag on a connecting domestic Qantas business class flight to or from Sydney at no extra points cost. You’ll simply need to pay extra fees of around $40 which are levied for the additional flight.
Visit the flagship Qantas First Lounge in Sydney
When you travel the Sydney to Christchurch leg, you’ll score pre-flight access to the amazing Qantas International First Class Lounge at Sydney Airport.
The Qantas First Lounge at Sydney International Airport is consistently ranked amongst the best in the world – and an Emirates first class redemption is your ticket through the frosted door.
Once ensconced in this private space, you’ll enjoy Neil Perry inspired a la carte dining, bottomless Champagne and even an on-site spa. And while the Emirates service is a morning departure, there’s still more than enough time to visit for a decadent breakfast, a glass of Mumm Rose NV and perhaps a quick treatment.
Score an accidental Emirates first class VIP experience
Once you step onboard the Emirates A380, that’s when the magic starts. And what could be more magical than having the first class experience all to yourself?
This is something I enjoyed myself when I flew this redemption just a few months back. The fact is, Emirates often flies an empty first class cabin on this route – and so your chances of scoring the pointy-end all to yourself is a very real possibility.
Nabbing one of the best first class products in the sky for just 54,000 points is unquestionably a steal. But scoring the entire Emirates A380 first class cabin to yourself? Priceless!
Stretch back in your very own enclosed private suite
Either way, a private enclosed suite is yours to stretch out in for the duration of your flight – and it’s a stylish way to travel indeed. The Emirates first class suite on the A380 features closeable doors, mood lighting and soft leather seating.
You’ll also enjoy a range of amenities and entertainment at your fingertips, including your very own mini bar, excellent IFE system, high-quality noise-cancelling headphones and Byredo in-suite amenity kit. Note that Pyjamas and full amenity kits aren’t usually given out on short-haul routes. However, if you ask nicely, you might be able to score them.
Sip wines worth up to $400 or more (and a cognac worth $950 a bottle)
If you’re a wine lover, you’ll take heart from the fact that Emirates first class boasts one of the finest wine lists in the air.
First up, you’ll have the chance to enjoy excellent vintage Champagne. When I flew the Sydney to Christchurch route last month, I was excited to find not one, but two Dom Perignon vintage offerings available to try in the first class cabin.
Dom Perignon Rose, in particular, is a very special drop and one you won’t get the chance to try every day. At the time of writing, it retails for a cool $450 at Dan Murphy. At around $250 per bottle, Dom Perignon 2009 vintage is no slouch either. Why not try both?
Emirates offers rare first growth Bordeaux in first class. In fact, some of the bottles I spied on the wine list last time I flew this route commanded retail prices of up to $400 or more per bottle.
And, if wine isn’t your thing, you can go one better with one of the most prestigious cognacs available – Hennessy Paradis. This top drop retails for an incredible $950 a bottle.
Here at The Champagne Mile, we’re firmly in favour of responsible drinking. That being said, with beverage offerings like these, it’s not hard to see how you could easily drink back the cost of your Emirates first class ticket!
Take a shower at 38,000 feet
If you’ve always wanted to shower in the sky – here’s your chance.
The Emirates A30 boats a shower suite that is exclusively available for first class passengers. It’s bookable for a 30-minute block once during the flight. During this time, 5 minutes of water can be used. A dedicated shower attendant is on hand to maintain the suite between passengers.
Plus, there are two award seats available to book across most of the year
While Emirates first class space can be notoriously difficult to come by, it’s surprisingly easy to find on this route.
At the time of writing, the Qantas website is showing at least two first, business and economy award seats on most days from now the way through to August 2020, excluding a small blackout period over Christmas.
As an example, below is availability as shown to a Bronze Qantas Frequent Flyer member for June and July next year:
Plus, don’t miss a chance to collect up to 120,000 Qantas Points with a new credit card, with featured deals available here.
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