Good deals to fly in Emirates‘ first class are rare and hard to find. It may be that Emirates wants to compete with Lufthansa’s and SWISS’ first class deal from Stockholm. Since the Emirates first class is supposed to be one of the best first class products in the world, the price point is a bit higher but nonetheless very interesting! The pricing starts at €3,044 with flights to Bangkok.
All interesting destinations:
- Bangkok from €3,044
- Shanghai from €3,329
- Singapore from €3,330
- Hong Kong from €3,330
- Kuala Lumpur from €3,439
- Seoul from €3,588
- Tokyo from €3,782
- Denpasar (Bali) from €3,961
From Stockholm to Dubai, Emirates uses a Boeing 777. The onward journey will either be operated through a Boeing 777 again or with an Airbus A380 that features an on-board bar and showers. Some destinations offer both airplane options. We would recommend going for the A380 option if possible so you can experience aforementioned amenities.
Emirates’ First Class
Living up to its reputation as a Skytrax 4-star airline, Emirates overwhelms with a luxury first class cabin. Ameneties include chauffeur service, finest champagne, a bar within the cabin, comfortable suites, outstanding catering, showers within the airplane and much more!
You can read a review of this magnificent product here.
Search & Book
A minimum stay of 5 days is required according to the fare rules. A maximum stay of 12 months is permitted. You can do a free stopover in Dubai with this fare. Tickets must be booked at least one week in advance and are good for travel commencing from now until December 12, 2018. The inbound flight can be much later than that. The fare rules do not state an expiry date.
Finding suitable fares is not as straightforward as usually. Google Flights does not display the fares in the calendar, however if you try different days in the calendar the cheap fares will appear in the search results. And that’s how we would suggest finding these fares. After finding these fares you can either book directly via Emirates or go through our Travel-Dealz flight search to book with the cheapest online travel agent. We would however recommend booking directly with Emirates.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
As expected, mileage accrual is great with these tickets. Flights are in booking class A and with Alaska Mileage Plan you will accrue the most miles.
- 24,084 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 18,062 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 18,062 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 18,062 Miles on South African Voyager
- 18,062 Miles on JetBlue TrueBlue
- 18,062 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 18,062 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 18,062 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 18,062 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Emirates Skywards uses a revenue based reward system.
Cover Picture: © Emirates