You’ve seen the pictures and you know that Mercedes and Emirates joined forces to create a new first class suite in the sky. It’s got everything you’d hope, like a fully closable door to shut out the world, a huge double wide bed, it’s own mini bar, vanity mirror and so much else. With all that luxury in mind, you can fly this suite in the sky using points. Here’s how to fly the brand new Emirates first class suite using credit card points or airline miles…
The first thing you need to know is where the suite is flying. The new Emirates first class suite is flying between Dubai, Geneva and Brussels, before adding Chicago and Perth. You’ll immediately find the suite between Geneva and Dubai on flight numbers 83, 84, effective immediately. Flights between Brussels and Dubai will have the new suites on flight numbers 183 and 184. We’ll update once official dates are set for Chicago and Perth launches.
You can use credit card points, airline miles, hotel points or a combination of all three to fly Emirates new First Class 777 Suite. Emirates is a transfer partner of American Express, so American Express points can be transferred directly to the airline. You can book Emirates First Class Suites using Emirates Skywards Miles, Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles, Alaska Mileage Plan miles or Starwood Hotel points (transferred to an airline like Japan Airlines).
You can also earn Emirates Skyward miles via their partnerships, while flying on: Alaska, JAL, Jet, JetBlue, Korean Air, Qantas, South African Airways, TAP Portugal – just by entering your Emirates frequent flyer number on any booking. And also, while staying at Starwood, IHG, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Shangri La Hotels- by selecting to earn airline miles rather than hotel points for stays.
Japan Airlines offers the very best rates for flying Emirates First Class. Round trip flights between Geneva or Brussels and Dubai in the new First Class Suite would require just 100,000 Japan Airline miles round trip, or 65,000 one way. You can instantly create Japan Airlines Mileage Bank points using Starwood (SPG) hotel points, which happen to be on sale. Here’s everything you need to know to book.
Alternately, you can use your Emirates points or convert Amex points into Emirates points to fly the new 777 First Class Suite at competitive rates. You can fly one way for 85,000 Emirates Skyward points or round trip for 135,000 points on the Geneva route. The same prices would apply for Brussels. Here’s how to transfer your Amex points into Emirates Skyward points.
By now you’ve got a pretty good idea of the tools you need to book Emirates New First Class Suite- so now it’s time to book. If you’re using Emirates points, however you created them – you’re looking for “Flex” award. Simply head to Emirates.com, select “login to Skywards” to book flight awards and search for dates in first class that say Flex. These will cost fewer points than Flex Plus dates. To use Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Miles, the process is a bit more convoluted, but we’ve got a great guide right here. Enjoy your First Class SUITE!
Of course the old suite wasn’t too bad either…
Featured image courtesy of Emirates Airline.