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Frequent flyer Q&A: Cherag Dubash, from Abu Dhabi

Feb. 20, 2020
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Frequent flyer Q&A: Cherag Dubash, from Abu Dhabi
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I felt like I knew Cherag Dubash before meeting him at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal earlier this year. As with many other world travelers, the Abu Dhabi-based sales executive documents his high-flying lifestyle on Instagram, posing in various airplane cabins — from British Airways' new A350 business class to Singapore's new A380 suite.

But I only recently got to know Cherag, on our group journey from Frankfurt (FRA) to Bogota (BOG) — followed by a day of eating our way through the Colombian capital. It gave me an inside look at what it's like to be one of social media's most enthusiastic premium-cabin travelers.

Question: What do you do for work?

Answer: I'm the head of sales for a marine offshore company, supporting the oil and gas industry.

Q: How many miles did you fly in 2019?

I flew about 203,000 miles last year.

Q: How many nights do you spend at home each year?

About 250.

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Q: How much of your travel is business vs. leisure?

Roughly 20% of my travel is for business — I really do this as a hobby.

Q: What’s your favorite first-class product?

For solo travel, the Emirates "Game Changer" (new first class), but for companion travel I like the Etihad Apartment and Singapore’s new suites.

Q: And business class?

Qatar Airways Qsuite, although I haven’t tried ANA’s The Room yet.

Q: Do you ever fly economy?

When business class doesn’t make sense, especially intra-Gulf.

Q: When was your first international first-class flight?

Probably when I was 10, from Bombay to Dubai on Air India.

Q: What are some of your favorite places to visit?

Kyoto and Tokyo, Helsinki and Levi, Finland; and Bora Bora.

Q: What are your preferred airlines?

Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, JAL, Singapore and ANA.

Q: Do you have a preferred hotel chain?

Hilton, Marriott and Kempinski.

Q: What’s your biggest travel pet peeve?

Loud infants in first class. On an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to New York-JFK, I was seated near a family of four, and the kid wouldn’t stop screaming.

Q: Which credit cards do you use on a regular basis?

The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Q: Aside from your passport, what are some items you’ll never leave home without?

Bose QC35 II headphones and my MacBook Air.

For a closer look at what it's like to travel like Cherag, see:

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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