Ok, sure, clever person – the cheapest way to try Emirates First Class is by using points, you’re not wrong. But, if that’s not an option, or you want more flexibility like booking any day, a chance to try Emirates First Class for under $600 is back, and having done it, it’s glorious. Here’s the scoop…

Emirates First Class For $545

Emirates First Class is famous for the Airbus A380 shower, and the private suite that converts into a fully hotel worthy bed. Plus, the Dom Perignon and all that stuff never hurts either. Say hello to the travel dream of a shower at 33,000 feet, with this amusing opportunity.

Flights from the beginning of 2021 until March 28th won’t feature a shower, but from March 28th, 2021 onward, the route will once again be operated by an A380 with First Class Showers. To enjoy this epic novelty, you’ll just need to get yourself to Asia, and more specifically, to Hong Kong or Bangkok.

Emirates has reintroduced First Class on its ‘fifth freedom’ route between Bangkok and Hong Kong for 2021!

The flight bills around 3 hours, and for $500 one way or $800 round trip, you can experience one of the most opulent ways to fly, on a taster basis. In recent years the route had swapped to a plane without first class, thus eliminating one of the most novel ways to fly.

Obviously, you can fly for a fraction of this in economy between the captivating Asian cities, but when in Rome, err Bangkok, why not?

GSTP took this flight back in 2017 when the flight was operated by an A380, and managed to make a considerable dent in a bottle of Dom Perignon, grab a shower and enjoy a meal in the 3 hour time frame. It’s a very “YOLO” experience, to borrow from our hip young friends, but hey – you only live once, right?

Booking Emirates First Class

Flights are on sale every day of the week for 2021, and you can search for flights using Google Flights, your favorite online travel agency or directly with Emirates. A one way journey from Bangkok to Hong Kong is $545, while the reverse is over $800. A round trip can be booked for $813 originating Bangkok.

Asia is the perfect place for a multi city trip, allowing you to explore new cultures and cuisines with each stop. Accordingly, it’s the perfect place to “open jaw” where you fly into one city, and out from another, so there’s no backtracking. It’s really tough to best flying into Bangkok, stopping in Hong Kong and then departing out of Tokyo.

Much of Asia is closed right now, but it’s not impossible to visit Thailand. Hopefully vaccine rollout means these countries open up broadly in 2021, and let people enjoy this highly amusing way to travel in better times.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. The video in this article is cool – thou it looks like Jenifer had the advantage of access to a first class hair brush…

    In non covid times i would totally try and do this flight, but BKK is just too hard to get into ATM.. but definitely worth looking into later in 2021…

  2. My wife and I did the trip 2 yrs ago . Was great fun especially when I fell asleep (long flight from Paris) and dropped a full glass of Paradis, which I hasten to add, was refilled before the glass had emptied itself on the plush carpet .
    Great experience only bettered by our trip to Johannesburg in 1st just afterwards

  3. Rehashing old stuff as new material I understand if not condone but you should be more careful as the landscape has changed and you cannot simply get into Thailand these days or well into 2021 and even if you can (I fly next month) then you need to have a Certificate of Entry, Insurance, Fit to Fly Certificate and book and pay for 16 days compulsory quarantine accommodation at a cost of between £750 and £10,000.

    Last time I looked Hong Kong also had severe entry restrictions.

    1. Yeah, I wrote this about 4 hours ago, so there’s no “rehashing here”. I specifically mention 2021, and restrictions are regularly changing. No western blog has dedicated more coverage to Thailand’s reopening, and how to obtain a tourist visa. I just don’t know why we gotta come in with that attitude when it’s actually a completely fresh post, and people are aware country restrictions exist. I’m not a lawyer, I don’t need to put 19 lines of T&Cs on a simple “hey look” opportunity.

      1. Hahaha….response made me laugh! People think they know it all. Even with all the restrictions many airlines are changing cancelation fees and whatnot so flights can be booked now ans used later.

    2. Do you always have to be such a friggin Kiljoy?
      I find your negativity annoying at best and your whole attitude very argumentative.
      There is nothing wrong with what Gilbert writes about yet you seem to go out of your way to disapprove on every point.
      Can I ask..why are you subscribed to these daily posts?…If you don’t like..simple LEAVE. This way you will do me a favor, Gilbert a huge favor and last but not least yourself a MEGA huge favor.
      At this time when we seem to see a light at the very end of a large tunnel it’s great to embrace and read about some positivety, giving ideas to the rest of us so we can experience the best for less.
      I for one wish you would just get a grip on life and try to enjoy what the world has to offer.

  4. I’d go to Thailand and then come back the same day just for the experience….of the flight. Who needs thailand when being in the sky would be so fabulous

  5. Sounds like a wonderful way to fly! But I wouldn’t condone or encourage ANYONE to fly during this pandemic. Maybe if people HAVE to fly, you could mention this is the best option for continuing to social distance to protect themselves and others on the plane. But definitely wish they had these options on our 36 hr trips to Latin America from the states. Maybe one day in the future!

  6. Aircraft changes to A380 in March 2021 (looks nice March 28). Personally, I’d forgo the shower/onboard bar for this much upgraded suite.

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