Emirates A380 First Class overview: one of the better and most unique uses of Qantas Points

With Qantas’ partnership with Emirates, an ongoing and useful provider of benefits to points-collectors, redeemers and frequent flyers, Emirates First Class has become one of the most useful and unique ways to use your Qantas Points.

I’ve had the chance to sample Emirates top premium cabin a few times in the last year, so here is my take on how to get the most from your trip.

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Qatar Airways A380 First Class Overview – Sydney to Doha

As part of a trip to Italy earlier this year I chose to use my Qantas Points for Qatar Airways excellent flagship First Class between Sydney and Doha, connecting to a Business Class flight to Venice.

To Australia, Qatar only fly their A380 to Sydney for now, with Melbourne being upgraded from June. You’ll find there is regular redemption availability in First Class, although less often in Business – so if you have enough points (at least 144,000 Qantas Points one way) it makes a great use of your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance.

Of course, Qatar now fly direct from Auckland too, however on their Boeing 777-200 which does not have First Class. So if you want to trial their First Class product, you’ll need to head across the ditch first.

This is my take on what to expect from First Class with Qatar Airways, as well as a look at which points you can use for this same experience. Continue reading…

Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Overview

I had the chance to sample Etihad’s unique First Class cabin in one of their small fleet of Airbus A380’s late last year – and it blew me away.

Travelling in Premium Economy, Business or First Class for me is all about the seat – as a tall guy with long legs, I really value the space and comfort, much more so than food, wine or champagne. Etihad First Class Apartments really delivered.

It’s unlike any other seat or cabin I’ve experienced, and we’re fortunate to have two cities in Australia receiving daily service – and the ability for those with larger Velocity balances to redeem their points for it.

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Etihad Airways A380 Business Studios Overview

Etihad has a small fleet of 8 Airbus A380s, with 2 more on the way. Right now, they operate them between Melbourne & Sydney to Abu Dhabi, and then beyond to London, New York, Mumbai (until 30 June 2017) and Paris (seasonal service from 1 July to 28 October 2017).

I used Velocity Points earlier this year to travel between London and Sydney and it was one the best Business Class flights I’ve experienced.

In this guide we run through what to expect from the Etihad A380 experience and the key ways that Kiwis can redeem points to fly with Etihad (once they cross the pond), and specifically on the Etihad A380. Continue reading…