When the pampering of business class is just not enough – it’s time to upgrade. First class is an increasingly rare, but ever more luxurious cabin, consistently transforming everything we think we know about air travel. There are a few ways to experience the best of the best, without breaking the mileage bank or actual bank. Here are the very best tricks to know…

Etihad First Class Apartment – Starting At 35,000 Points

Using: 40,000 Asiana Club miles or 35,000 SPG points transferred to Asiana Mileage Club. You can book Etihad First Class using Asiana points.

Where: Between Europe and Abu Dhabi in either direction. Like London or Paris to Abu Dhabi.

How Long: At least 7 hours in the air.

Booking: Find space on Etihad website and call Asiana Mileage Club to book.

Surcharges: Mediocre. Roughly $200 one way.

Earn The Points: All Star Alliance flights, Asiana credit card, SPG credit card, buy SPG points, stay in SPG hotels.

Qatar Airways First ClassΒ  – Starting At 40,000 Points

Using:Β 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles or 40,000 SPG points transferred into American AAdvantage. You can use American miles to book flights on Qatar Airways.

Where: Between the Middle East And Asia in either direction. Like, Doha to Bangkok.

How long:Β Up to 8 hours in the air.

Booking: Find space using British Airways website and call American to book.

Surcharges? Minimal, less than $100 generally.

Earn The Points: All OneWorld flights, American Airlines credit card, online shopping portal, buy SPG points, SPG credit card, SPG hotel stays.

Lufthansa First Class – Starting At 40,000 Points

Using: 50,000 Asiana MileageClub points or 40,000 SPG points transferred to Asiana MileageClub. You can book Lufthansa Flights using Asiana miles.

Where: Between the U.S. and Europe in either direction. Like Frankfurt to Los Angeles.

How Long: Up to 13 hours in the air.

Booking: Find space using United website, 72+ hours in advance. Call Asiana to book.

Surcharges? Mediocre. $200-$400 max.

Earn The Points: All Star Alliance flights, Asiana credit card, SPG credit card, buy SPG points, stay in SPG hotels.

Emirates First Class- Starting At 55,000 Points

Using: 55,000 SPG Points or 65,000 Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles. You can book Emirates flights at best rates with Japan Airlines Mileage Bank.

Where: Distance based. New York to Milan for 55,000. Around the World for 125,000.

How Long: Up to 50 hours, depending on distance band.

Booking: Find space using Qantas website and book by calling JAL Mileage Bank.

Surcharges? Virtually none if originating Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo. Otherwise at least $300 and up.

Earn The Points: All OneWorld flights, JAL credit card, SPG credit card, buy SPG points, SPG hotel stays.

ANA First Class – Starting At 100,000 Points

Using: 120,000 Virgin Atlantic miles, which you can create from Amex, Citi, Chase or SPG. Or 100,000 SPG points.

Where: US or UK to Tokyo and vice versa round trip. You can book ANA flights using Virgin Atlantic miles.

How Long: Up to 26 hours round trip. Can depart multiple US or European cities.

Booking: Find space using United website. Book by calling Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

Surcharges? Minimal. Under $200 round trip in most cases.

Earn The Points: Virgin Atlantic and partner flights, Virgin Atlantic credit card, Chase, Amex or Citi points, buy SPG points, SPG hotel stays. Online shopping on Shops Away.

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