Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Ultimate Dream Plane: Bars, Showers, and Suites!

I came across a pretty inspiring video this afternoon, and the timing could not have been more perfect.  Check out the video below.  It is of an Emirates A380 flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.  The gentleman taping the video had the pleasure of sitting in "Suites Class," which is the name of their ultra-premium First Class on the A380 aircraft.  The only North American A380 routes that Emirates currently serves are from New York-Dubai and Toronto-Dubai.

I highly encourage you to check out the features of the plane in both the video and through Emirates web site directly.  On-board showers, gourmet meals, privates sleeper suites, and an actual cocktail bar are just some of the many amenities of this jumbo jet.

Minutes 3:53-6:00 are where the true highlights happen, including meal service and a tour of all three cabins (Suites, Business, and Economy).

Now let's get down to business.  How in the world can you possibly get a seat on one of these exclusive flights??

Alaska-Emirates Partnership: A Match Made in Heaven
Interesting you should ask.  Emirates used to be allied with Continental, but that partnership ended in March of 2011.  United's partnership with them was also discontinued.  Luckily, Alaska Airlines announced that they would be partners with Emirates in January of this year.  The best part?  You can redeem miles for award flights beginning in "late 2012"!  Though redemptions for "Suites Class" aren't a guarantee, the possibility is at least in play.

Truly Incredible News
This means that you need to start stockpiling some Alaska Airlines miles quickly.  There are plenty of ways to do this via flights, transferring of hotel points, credit card sign ups, and a few other tricks.  I will definitely discuss good earning strategies in a future post.  After all, aren't you dying to fly like the gentleman in the picture below?  I know I am!  We can all do it and not have to empty our savings accounts.  Let's make this a bucket list goal that is actually attainable.  Until tomorrow!

Mock Turtleneck Aside, This Looks Like An Incredible Trip
-Charm City Traveler


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