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Emirates amazing First Class Suite is finally bookable in advance for miles!

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The Emirates First Class Suite on the Boeing 777-300ER fleet fights it out with the new Singapore Airlines A380 First Class suite for the title of ‘Best First Class’.

Singapore Airlines nudges it on space – you can see our walkaround of the new Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suite here, including a video.

On overall silliness …. including £250 bottles of wine and £790 bottles of cognace …. I think Emirates wins.  I wrote a lengthy three part review of the new Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First Class Suite which starts here.

The real snag was booking it.  Emirates, as most readers will know, is beholden to the A380 and only a handful of airports receive the Boeing 777-300ER.  The A380 has a good but not state-of-the-art First Class product – I reviewed Emirates A380 First Class here.  But I mean …. on the new suites, the middle (interior) suites with no window have a live video projection of what is happening outside instead!  Welcome to the future.

Book Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER on miles

But Emirates First Class was VERY hard to book

I had assumed that it was totally impossible to book the new First Class Suite with Emirates Skywards miles.

I am eternally grateful to a HFP reader who tipped me off that seats did open up, but only three days in advance.  This meant that I had to book a trip to Dubai without actually knowing if I’d be able to fly the seat home or not.  Emirates was releasing seats virtually every day, however, and once I worked out what time they appeared it was a manageable risk.

For most people, this isn’t the sort of gamble that you’d want to take. Now you don’t have to!

Book Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER on miles

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First Class is now widely available

Andrew, who runs Singapore’s frequent flyer site Mainly Miles, sent me a note to say that Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First Class is wide open for January / February / March 2021 on the Stansted to Dubai route.  You will find it on other dates too, but not as common.

(You need to fly out of Stansted because it is the only UK airport where Emirates currently uses the 777-300ER.)

Here is an example for 9th February for example, where both daily flights have it:

Book Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER on miles

IMPORTANT:  The mileage price of 67,500 miles one-way in that screenshot is only valid when booked as part of a return trip on dates when cheaper ‘Flex’ awards are available.  If you book a one-way ticket, it will cost 85,000 miles.

The only snag …..

….. is that there is generally just ONE seat per flight released.

You CAN get multiple First Class seats on Emirates, but it is more common on the A380.  This is hardly surprising given that the Boeing 777-300ER only has six First Class cabins.

It is possible that more will open up nearer departure, but realistically this is going to be a trip for those of you who travel solo.

Book Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER on miles

And Emirates Skywards has cut its taxes …..

As I covered the other day, Emirates Skywards has recently cut its taxes sharply on reward flights.

For a one-way flight from Stansted to Dubai, you pay £249.

In the other direction – which is preferable because you can try the First Class lounges in Dubai as opposed to the terrible Escape lounge at Stansted! – you pay just Dhs 400 (£85) one-way.

Conclusion

If you have 85,000 American Express Membership Rewards points going spare (or 130,000 for a return flight) then this is a unique way of using them.

(Membership Rewards points convert 1:1 into Emirates Skywards and the transfer is instant if your accounts are already linked.  It may take an hour or so otherwise.)

Availability is wide open for the first time and, even better, the taxes have been slashed too.  You really can’t lose.  Take a look at my Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First Class review here.

Book Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER on miles

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Emirates no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile.

Comments (21)

  • Ronster says:

    Evening everyone.

    What is the up to date list of the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First class destinations?

    I have only found a destination list on the “Traveling For Miles” blog, that was written up last year:-

    Brussels
    Frankfurt
    Geneva
    Kuwait
    London Stanstead
    Male (Maldives)
    Riyadh
    Tokyo Haneda
    Vienna

    Tempted myself by a possible STN-DXB-HAN F

    Thanks

    Ronster

    • Rob says:

      According to One Mile At A Time:

      EK33/34 between Dubai and London Stansted
      EK43/44 between Dubai and Frankfurt
      EK89/90 and EK83/84 between Dubai and Geneva
      EK183/184 and EK181/182 between Dubai and Brussels
      EK59/60 between Dubai and Hamburg
      EK312/313 between Dubai and Tokyo Haneda

  • Sam says:

    Why are people are so obsessed with miles without being smart and turning their heads around. A lot of the first class seats are better value for money when redeeming by miles, but there are regular deals on Emirates’ First Class which I find a better deal than using excessive amount of miles on them.