Inside the $60,000 First Class Suite

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By now, you may have heard all about travel writer Sam Huang, and how he somehow managed to cash in his Alaska Airlines frequent-flyer miles, drop about $300, and travel the world on what would typically be a $60,000 ticket. Now, Huang describes this adventure as basically finding a loophole involving a ticket with a lot of layovers. But, have you had a chance to look inside the $60,000 first class suite on the famed Emirates airplane? Thankfully, Huang’s initiative allows all of us to live vicariously through him, if even for a few brief moments. Take a peak right now, and be prepared to be “wowed”!

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11 cities

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Sam Huang’s miraculous trip cut across the globe, stopping in at eleven cities in seven countries and on five continents. He visited thrilling cities like Milan, New York, Dubai, Singapore, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne. This was a total of 21, 136 miles.

Estimated Cost

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Any type of flight on the Emirates airplane starts off at around $20,000. As would be expected the flight includes amenities that you could never expect on any other airline, even if you are sitting proudly in the First Class section.

First Class Experience

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The First Class enmities begin before even boarding the plane. Rather than stand with the sea of people waiting to board economy, First Class guests are welcome to relax in the lounge, where they may indulge before flying.

First Class Lounge Menu

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Now, what is a First Class lounge without a First Class menu? The menu in the lounge offers a plethora of items, ranging from simple, quick meals to the type of dinners you would order at an award-winning restaurant.

View From the Lounge

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Of course, the Frist Class lounge is extremely spacious, especially as that not many passengers are invited inside. It is the perfect place to sit back with a glass of champagne and watch the airplanes take flight, just like Sam Huang seems to be doing in this photograph.

Boarding the Plane

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I suppose it just wouldn’t be right to take a First Class guest, straight out of the relaxing lounge, and toss them back into the general population. It seems that Emirates realizes this, because they personally escort the First Class guests to the plane through a private entrance. Really… how cool is that?

The Airplane

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Emirates operates the largest fleet of airplanes in the Middle East, with a fleet of 222 aircrafts. Airplanes within the fleet include the Airbus A330, the Airbus A380, the Airbus A340 and the Boeing 777.

Suite Introduction

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Upon boarding the flight, the flight attendant quickly gives an overall layout of what to expect from your flight in what they like to call a “suite”. Never forgetting to offer a glass of champagne, guests are escorted to their in-air suites with a flourish.

Flight Attendants

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Let’s take a moment to discuss the flight attendants. Of course, the flight attendants on such an aircraft aren’t exactly of the normal variety. These are not men and women who are haggard from their last flight and counting the minutes until the plane lands. These attendants are chosen from over 200,000 applicants per year.

Suite Size

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While they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, that must truly be sure when viewing the suites aboard this aircraft. There is plenty of room to stretch out, lay down and probably even do a morning yoga routine.

What’s in the Suite

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The seating areas on this flight cannot be easily compared with any other, which is why they are called “suites” and not “seats”. These compartment-style seating areas allow ultimate comfort, with the latest in technology for your entertainment, a pull-out desk and anything else you can dream up at our disposal.

In-Suite Drinks

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Of course, if you are in First Class, it just wouldn’t do to have guests waiting the three minutes it might take to get a drink from the expert flight attendants. This is why, built right into the suite, an automated bar awaits, with sodas, juices and premium water selections.

More than Peanuts

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Now, don’t expect to be asked if you want peanuts or pretzels, because that just doesn’t happen on this kind of flight. After you seated, a flight attendant will deliver a warm towel so that you can freshen up from your luxurious experience in the lounge and your escorted walk onto the plane, along with Arabian coffee and dates.

Unlimited Dom Perignon Onboard

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As we begin to explore more of the nearly unbelievable amenities on this Emirate’s flight, let’s start with those that are truly decadent. When you think about the wildly luxurious, does Dom Perignon come to mind? On this first-class flight, guests can indulge in unlimited Dom Perignon, along with wild caviar.

Top Shelf Bar

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Of course, if Dom Perignon isn’t quite your thing, then you can always indulge in a stocked bar. On this flight, you can feel free to mix away to your heart’s content with top shelf liquors at your disposal.

All the Necessities

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When you fly on Emirates in First Class, don’t expect the typical overnight toiletries. Guests will receive a handy tote bag, packed with pajamas, a kit in a leather containing all of the essential toiletry items, an eye mask and a pair of slippers.

Dining

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When you are ready for your in-flight meal, the flight attendants can quickly turn your seating area into something resembling a table at a four-star restaurant, with a menu to match. First Class guests have their choice of starters, delicious entrees and delectable desserts.

Privacy

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One thing that definitely seems to be lacking on most flights is the overall shortage of privacy. Obviously, this is not an issue. The sliding doors can easily offer as little or as much privacy as you would like, offering relaxation and a peaceful nap or a quiet place to read a book or a magazine.

After-Dinner Entertainment

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When you are ready to relax and enjoy a movie, the flat-screen television will offer a host of selections for your viewing pleasure. Forgot your headphones? Don’t worry. You won’t have to use the ear buds that you must purchase for $3.

Shower

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I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about having a shower on a plane, but it looks absolutely wonderful! This spa area comes complete with a shower stall, a sink and room for about three or four other bathrooms to fit inside of it.

Shower Amenities

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When you take a shower in the First Class bathroom spa, don’t think you will have bar soap and a budget shampoo waiting for you. There are designer-brand shampoos, conditioners, body washes and a variety of other amenities at your disposal.

Chocolates, Anyone?

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Now, it’s really not enough to just dry off and exit your shower in the sky If you are flying First Class, expect to met upon exiting the bathroom with a glorious box of Godiva chocolates and the promise of yet another flute of champagne.

Cheese with that Wine?

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It probably wouldn’t be proper etiquette when flying First Class to have wine or champagne without the proper cheese pairing. Therefore, Emirates ensures that guests will only indulge on the very best cheese with their beverages.

Bedtime

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This definitely will not be your typical uncomfortable night’s rest on a crowded plane in coach. When it comes time for rest, your seat will easily transform into a comfortable sleeping area.

Nighttime Serivce

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A flight attendant will ready your suite without you having to lift a finger. Of course, high-thread-count sheets will be provided, as well as luxurious pillows and warm blankets. All you have to do is change into your pajamas and order up a relaxing bedtime drink.

Sleeping as a Couple

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If you are traveling with a companion, never fear. Your suites can easily be combined so that your sleeping quarters combine for one spacious area. Expect to awaken well-rested and ready for whatever adventure awaits you in your final destination.

Do Not Disturb

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You may think that you are staying in a luxury hotel, rather than soaring through the sky with all of these amenities. When you are ready for some relaxation, you won’t be disturbed, as long as you click on that “do not disturb” light on the exterior wall of your suite.

Breathtaking Views

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When you are flying through the skies on this luxurious aircraft, there’s no small, square window to peer out of. You can see beautiful views from the clouds through these large windows, or from watching the innovative tail camera.

All at Your Fingertips

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When you are relaxing in your comfortable suite, you don’t have to get up to find a flight attendant or to request a beverage. The controls are right at your fingertips with this tablet-like control pad.

Landing

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When it is time to land, and you are ready to depart this piece of paradise in the clouds, expect a fond farewell. The flight attendants are full of valuable information to give as you part ways, including directions and hotel recommendations.

Immigration

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After this joyous First Class flight, don’t think that you’re going to go wait in immigration with the passengers in coach. Guests will receive a pass that will put them straight through the front of the long immigration lines. Just imagine that!

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