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Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew in style over the weekend as he jetted to Nepal via Dubai on Emirates in the carrier’s first-class suite. Aldrin is on a week-long tour of the country and will be giving a presentation at the Everest Science Center.

It’s not clear whether Aldrin flew on the Boeing 777 or Emirates’ newer A380. The carrier’s first-class product onboard the A380 features opulent amenities, including an onboard shower and walk-up bar.

First-class flights on Emirates typically go for thousands of dollars each way, but remember that you can also redeem miles via Alaska Airlines for a one-way flight starting at 150,000 miles + $58.50 in taxes and fees. You can also transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Emirates’ Skywards award program to get the 136,250 Skywards Miles + $463 in taxes and fees that’s required to book. The best option, however, is to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points to Japan Airlines. You’ll need 100,000 miles for a one-way flight, but thanks to SPG’s 5,000 point bonus after transferring 20,000 points, you’ll need to transfer just 80,000 Starpoints from your account.

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