I found some photographs on my phone yesterday which I took on our flights down to Dubai at Easter, flying Emirates business class on an A380.
The official Emirates A380 business class website is here. Despite the photographs, I do not recommend taking a saxophone on-board …..
I didn’t take any pictures of the free chauffeur car that Emirates sent to collect us in London (and take us to our hotel in Dubai, and pick us up from our hotel, and take us home again when we landed in London.) Sorry about that! It did save us around £150 compared to taking four taxis.
The Emirates lounge at Heathrow still looks like a 1980’s Holiday Inn:
but the food is OK (nowhere near as good as the Qatar lounge but better than BA):
and, of course, you board DIRECTLY from the lounge without going back into the terminal:
Business and First Class is on the upper deck. All seats face forward but are not aligned. In the middle block, one pair is by the aisle (see below) ….
…. whilst the pairs in front and behind are directly next to each other with no gap. As every seat has direct aisle access, the seats direct next to the aisle have less legroom in order to leave space behind for the other passenger to get out without disturbing you.
With kids this leads to an odd result – you put your kids in the middle pair so they can be next to each other, but it means the adults get ‘outer’ seats with less legroom!
Each seat has a private non-alcoholic mini-bar:
This is what children are given as a meal in business class – I have had far worse meals as an adult with certain airlines in business class! I made the mess cutting the chicken in half ….
Finally, here I am in training for my new job as a barman in the Emirates on-board bar:
If you’ve got any questions about the Emirates A380 business class experience, ask them below and I will answer as best I can. You can also find out more on the Emirates A380 business class page on their site.
How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (January 2021)
Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Emirates Skywards miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.