Flight Review: Emirates Business Class – Bangkok to Dubai

After a 16+ hour flight with his toddler son in his arms, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan won the loyalty lottery: an operational upgrade from economy to business on Emirates. Here’s his report on six hours of bliss in one of the aviation world’s most unique business-class cabins. Late last year, my wife and I booked a long-haul flight…

3 Ways to Book Emirates First Class Awards

Despite scrutiny from domestic carriers over unfair subsidies, Emirates (along with Etihad and Qatar) is succeeding at least partly due to the quality of its in-flight product. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how you can book one of the most luxurious award tickets out there — Emirates First Class. One of the things I love most about award travel is being…

Airbus’ Planned A380 Economy Layout Will Be A Tight Squeeze

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this week, Airbus unveiled its 2017 plans for an 11-abreast, 3 x 5 x 3 seat configuration in the economy section of its A380s. Cramped, narrow and poorly laid out, this design is clearly intended to save shareholders money while disregarding the comfort of the tightly-packed passengers who…

Last Day for Alaska 40% Mileage Bonus = Cheap Emirates First Class!

Today is the last day to buy Alaska MileagePlan miles for a 40% bonus. When you buy 40,000 miles, you get 16,000 bonus miles (56,000 total) for a total cost of $1,182.50, or 2.1 cents per mile. There is no limit to the amount of miles you can buy and note that they are processed by…

Emirates Adds New U.S. Flights Amid Subsidy Concerns

Earlier this week Emirates announced that it will be adding a second daily flight to Seattle, while also adding Orlando as its tenth American destination. The rapidly expanding Middle Eastern carrier has recently been scrutinized by American carriers Delta and American, both of which allege that Emirates has received unfair subsidies from the UAE government, causing American…

Double JetBlue Points, Club Carlson Bonus, Starwood NYC Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save $400 on a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers If you spend $2,500 or more on Qantas airfare purchases, you can get a $400 statement credit with Amex Sync offers. This particular offer is available via Twitter, and you must sync your card…

Emirates Opens $6.2 Million Lounge at LAX

Last week at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Emirates opened a brand new lounge for first and business class passengers of Emirates’ once-daily A380 flight to Dubai (DXB), as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne was there for the big reveal, and here’s her take on the airline’s 37th worldwide airport lounge and…

Best Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

After recently sharing some of the finest first class amenity kits out there, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel now takes a look at business class amenity kits, where the best are often defined by their bags/cases and the skincare products they contain. These airlines have done a fine job of making their business class amenity kits worth writing home about—using the pen you’ll find in…