If you’re interested in booking Emirates fancy first class, today is the last day you can book these award using partner miles! If this is something that is on your av-geek bucket list, I’d consider locking in an award.
Booking Emirates First Class through Alaska Mileage Plan
I locked in an upcoming trip to India flying Emirates first class out of San Francisco for 150,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles. It’s totally speculative at this point, but I figured that booking for this January 2022 gives me plenty of time to work other details out. Not to mention time for the COVID-19 pandemic to come more fully under control.
The beauty of booking with Mileage Plan is that I won’t lost anything besides the $12.50 partner booking fee an an MVP Gold 75k member. This tipped the scales for me. It’s a bummer to tie up the majority of my Alaska miles, but it will be fantastic if this trip pans out. I’ve not yet flown Emirates, and their swanky first class would make a great first experience. I also used Alaska’s generous one-way award stopover rules to give me 1.5 days in Dubai before continuing onward.
Qantas is another partner you can use to book Emirates first class.
If one thing is for certain in this points and miles hobby, it is that things don’t stick around forever. It was big news when Alaska increased the pricing for Emirates awards several years ago. There are other fantastic awards I’ve yet to book as well, including Lufthansa first using Avianca miles and ANA business or first using Virgin Atlantic miles. You never know when things may change, especially post-pandemic.
We’ve lost aircraft and airlines as well this past year. I flew a Lufthansa A340 flight before these aircraft potentially all leave service. I also missed my chance to fly British Airways first class on a 747, something I’d long wanted to do.
All this to say: book now if you want this. You’ll still be able to book via Emirates Skywards, but prices tend to be worse, especially from the West Coast.