This is one of the world’s best ways to fly, with a comfortable bed and high degree of privacy, but it is due for a makeover. Still a great use of KrisFlyer miles or Velocity points.
Hotel Grand Windsor Auckland, MGallery by Sofitel was recently added to AccorHotels group. Newly opened in a heritage building in the heart of Auckland, the fittings are luxurious, but some of the rooms are small.
There is no reason to avoid this product, but at the same time, no reason to actively seek it out either. Having said that, thanks to the spacious seat and comfortable bed, I would not hesitate to fly in their First Class again if the opportunity came up.
For a dedicated First Class lounge, Singapore Airlines’ flagship facility does a good job, with friendly staff and an attractive design, but it is let down by unremarkable food and a lack of extra amenities.
This is the most common Singapore Airlines First Class product available for award redemptions from Auckland and a great use of KrisFlyer miles or Velocity points.
A beautifully-designed but small space with better food and drink options than the Business Class side but lacking the ‘wow’ factor of some other First Class lounges.
With Qantas’ partnership with Emirates, an ongoing and useful provider of benefits to points collectors, redeemers and frequent flyers, flying Emirates’ top premium cabin has become one of the best ways to use your Qantas Points balance.
The first leg of my flight from Europe back to Australia was in Etihad’s Diamond First Class from Geneva to Abu Dhabi, redeemed using Velocity Points, and I really enjoyed it! Etihad’s ‘standard’ long-haul First Class product offers an excellent seat, and for my flight, great service.
The First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi Airport is Etihad Airways’ flagship lounge and offers upscale dining, spa treatments with everything done in the Etihad way.