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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 HtP 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

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.

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

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.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (June 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 cardsThese are:

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.

Comments (21)

  • ASEAN Traveller says:

    Hi Rob.

    Small correction. The new first class on the 777 only has 6 seats. 8 seats is the old first class. That is also the way to tell if you are going to be flying new or old first class based on the seat maps.

  • BARRY Angel says:

    Please tell me what time of the day Emirates releases first class mirage seats .

    • Rob says:

      Totally forgotten – it was over a year ago I did it – but I think it was early morning UK time because I mention in my review how I booked it in the airport lounge on the way to Dubai.

  • guesswho2000 says:

    Wonder if it’s bookable using Qantas points, now that would be the jackpot.

    • Alan says:

      Good point! Haven’t heard of reduced availability for QF access to EK so hopefully should be? I’ve got a nice chunk of QF miles to use, although not sure Stansted-Dubai would be the one I’d use them on!

      • guesswho2000 says:

        STN-DXB (or vice versa – actually the STN part) I could never get to work on the QFF website…

        Worth noting that QF are increasing the cost of EK redemptions at the end of August (EK’ll no longer be classed as a QF classic reward (with QF/AA/NF/FJ), but as a partner classic award).

        • guesswho2000 says:

          That said, I haven’t tried calling QF to book STN, they could probably do it, it’s likely their website being an issue with certain airports, as if often the case!

          Any Aussie airport, DXB and most non-Aussie EK destinations will prob work fine.

  • Andrew says:

    Another correction – Emirates isn’t spelt with an apostrophe – if you want to make it possessive, put the apostrophe at the end of the word.

    • Rob says:

      Do you know that is there? I stupidly wrote Etihad’s by mistake and then corrected in back and forgot to remove the apostrophe!

  • Andrew says:

    With airline schedules and aircraft types even more subject to change now, there’s no guarantee that they will continue to run this configuration of 777 to STN, and it could be switched to the old style 777 after booking.

  • Memesweeper says:

    The A380s from London also have some availability in pairs rather than for the solo traveller. For anyone with half a million Amex/Emirates/AA miles you could book First to somewhere nice like Hong Kong.

  • BJ says:

    If their 5th freedom flight between BKK and HKG survives the current crisis this might provide an opportunity for some to try it cheaply.

  • Will says:

    Just remember on redemptions you are unable to access lounges (like the one in Dubai) have had a few friends caught out in the past with that.

    • Rob says:

      You don’t get the chauffeur car now, although it was still running when I did it in Feb 19. You get lounge access as usual – see my review.

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