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TPG Readers Reveal Their Best A380 Award Redemptions

March 24, 2019
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We were feeling a bit nostalgic a few weeks ago on the heels of news that the A380 program would be coming to an end, and it turns out we weren't the only ones. We asked the members of our TPG Lounge to share their best A380 award redemptions, and as always, we were impressed by their experiences. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).


Whether it was an upgrade to business class or a points-and-miles splurge to fly in first, it sounds like our TPG Lounge members definitely enjoyed the Emirates A380 experience.

"90,000 old SPG points transferred to JAL for Emirates first class from Singapore to Dubai to Los Angeles (SIN-DXB-LAX) with a seven-day stopover. Worth every point!" — Kelly W.

"Emirates first to Johannesburg (JNB). Amazing!" — Chris H.

"80,000 SPG points (transferred to JAL) for New York to Milan to Dubai (JFK-MXP-DXB) in Emirates first class." — Noah O.

Have you flown in Emirates first class yet? (Photo by Nick Ellis / The Points Guy)
Have you flown in Emirates first class yet? (Photo by Nick Ellis)

"82,500 Alaska miles for New York to Dubai to Amman (JFK-DXB-AMM) in Emirates business class." — Alex Z.

"Emirates, a business-class upgrade using American Express Membership Rewards points for the whole family." — Mario A.

"Emirates. A380 suites. Alaska miles. San Francisco to Dubai. Los Angeles to Dubai. Dubai to Los Angeles." — Lazeeb C.


From the sheer splendor of Etihad's Apartment — who wouldn't love a shower at 30,000 feet? — to memorable moments in first class on Qantas and American Airlines, it's no wonder Oneworld carriers fared so well with our TPG Lounge audience.

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"Etihad's Apartment from Abu Dhabi to New York (AUH-JFK) last April. Booked it right before they stopped the Chauffeur service. Transferred Citi ThankYou points and AMEX Membership Rewards points to Etihad: 247,000 points for two. Not the best redemption but the flight was awesome." — Gary W.

"My wife and I just flew Etihad in first class to the Maldives! Best 230,000 AAdvantage miles ever spent." — JP G.

"90,000 AAdvantage miles on Etihad first class from New York to Abu Dhabi (JFK to AUH)." — Richard I.D.

"210,000 Chase UR points transferred to Korean (RIP), to fly Etihad First round-trip from Sydney to Abu Dhabi (SYD-AUH). That included Chauffeur service, too." — Lindsey J.

"Taking a shower at 30,000 feet in Etihad's Apartment from Abu Dhabi to New York. 110,000 AAdvantage miles from Mumbai to LAX." — Pranav M.

Etihad's Apartment, a whole new level of luxury in the sky. (Photo by The Points Guy staff)
Etihad's Apartment, a whole new level of luxury in the sky. (Photo by The Points Guy staff)

"First class from Sydney to Los Angeles for 60,000 AAdvantage miles, and meeting Sofía Vergara and Ed O’Neill, who were in first class flying back from shooting an episode of Modern Family in Australia." — Bill Z.

"65,000 AAdvantage miles to fly in first class from Dallas to Sydney on a Qantas A380 in 2016." — Debbie G.

"Unicorn. Two tickets in Qantas first class from Los Angeles to Melbourne for 62,500 AA miles each with my then eight-year-old daughter, six years ago." — Jordan W.

"First class on Qantas from Sydney to LA last February for 100,000 AAdvantage miles." — Scott K.

"Qantas in J class from Dubai to London, my first-ever [time in] business class." — Prince J.M.U.

"Qantas from Dallas to Sydney (DFW to SYD) in business class, back when the miles redemption was 55,000." — Seth B.

Star Alliance

Overall, our TPG Lounge members seemed to favor A380 flights aboard Star Alliance carriers, with Asiana, Korean Air, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines earning high remarks.

"80,000 miles for Asiana business class from Seoul to New York." — Michael C.

"Asiana First from Seoul to Los Angeles (ICN to LAX), with United miles. I still wear the pajamas they gave me." — Trever S.

"160,000 from Los Angeles to Hanoi, then Singapore to Los Angeles on Asiana in A380 business class, using United miles." — Alberto G.

All aboard Asiana's A380 business class. (Photo by TPG Staff)
All aboard Asiana's A380 business class. (Photo by Samantha Rosen)

"Singapore Suites. 50,000 points one way from Beijing to Singapore." — Ramy W.

"United miles for Lufthansa business class from Berlin to Portland via Frankfurt and Houston." — Kent I.

"Melbourne to Singapore to Frankfurt to New York (MEL-SIN-FRA-JFK) for 152,000 KrisFlyer miles per person in Singapore first class. Flying time was 30 hours and 30 minutes. Faux RTW award redemption: Houston to Frankfurt (IAH-FRA) in Lufthansa first, Paris to Bangkok (CDG-BKK) in Thai Airways first and Seoul to Los Angeles (ICN-LAX) in Asiana first for 140,000 United MileagePlus miles per person, pre-excursionist redemption." — Carl C.

"92,000 American Express Membership Rewards points in total to Virgin Atlantic for two Singapore Suites redemptions (the old version) on Auckland to Singapore and Singapore to Auckland, when SQ somehow allowed partner access to O class inventory and I had fortuitously transferred over Membership Rewards points to Virgin’s program during the transfer bonus period! Amazing experience! The private room ex-Changi was cool, too!" — Vignesh K.

"Took the trip of a lifetime in Singapore Suites from Los Angeles to Tokyo [and back]. The first-class Star Alliance Lounge in LA was unbelievable! Best experience ever!" — Lenore S.R.

"I used 50,000 KrisFlyer miles for the new Singapore Suites from Shanghai to Singapore. I had the entire cabin to myself and experienced the double suite. Best flight of my life!" — Alex G.

The new version of Singapore Suites is magnificent. (Photo by Eric Rosen / The Points Guy)
The new version of Singapore Suites is magnificent. (Photo by Eric Rosen)

"80,000 United miles for Lufthansa business class from New York to Frankfurt to New Delhi to Chennai (JFK-FRA-DEL-MAA) in 2017. I was able to travel on the 747-8 and A380. It’s a pity that Airbus is retiring the 380." — Andy G.

"Lufthansa first class from Houston to Frankfurt for 110,000 United miles. Perfect from start to finish." — Adam P.


While hardly any members of the SkyTeam alliance came up among our reader responses (and Korean, one of the most popular, is much less attainable now), there were a few folks who praised Air France for being their best-ever award redemption aboard an A380.

"I'm flying in Korean Air first class from New York (JFK) to Seoul (ICN) in August. I redeemed 95,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points right before the partnership ended." — David B.

"120,000 Chase UR points transferred to Korean Air for more than 23 hours of first class from Sydney (SYD) to Seoul (ICN) to New York (JFK). It was a fantastic trip!" — Chris C.

"75,000 Delta SkyMiles on Korean Air from Seoul (ICN) to Atlanta (ATL) in business class. It actually included a front-end from Brisbane (BNE) to Seoul (ICN) as well, but that was on an A330." — Justin M.

"From New York (JFK) to Seoul (ICN) in Korean Air Prestige, using Delta SkyMiles in 2016 and Alaska miles in 2019." — Chie M.

"Just booked business class on Air France from Paris to New York (CDG-JFK) for 50,000 Flying Blue points. Flying it for the first time in June, can’t wait!" — Pat O.

"My very first award redemption, Air France from Los Angeles to Paris (LAX-CDG). It's in economy, but we upgraded our seats to the upstairs 2-4-2 section!" — Randall C.W.

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