There are good first class fares and then there are amazing first class fares. This falls in the latter category, in my opinion. Yesterday I wrote about the great Emirates first class fares available for travel originating in Canada. For example, you can fly roundtrip from Toronto to Chennai for 3,800USD in first class, or roundtrip from Toronto to Johannesburg for 4,300USD in first class. Those are great prices for one of the world’s best first class products.
Well, if you enjoy backtracking there’s an even more incredible fare available at the moment. You can fly Emirates first class roundtrip from Toronto to Dubai to Milan for ~2,900USD.
This fare is only available on emirates.com when using the multi-city search tool. It won’t show on Google Flights or other online travel agencies. You’ll have to book using the multi-city tool.
That’s an amazing fare for 40 hours in Emirates first class, all of which can be booked on the A380 if you’d like (the other option is the 777, but Emirates doesn’t fly their 777 with the new first class to Milan). But the crazy part is the number of points you’d earn if crediting to Alaska Mileage Plan and paying with The Platinum Card® from American Express (which offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly from airlines or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). This journey covers a distance of ~20,000 miles roundtrip, so you’d earn:
- 14,500 Membership Rewards points, which I value at ~250USD
- 70,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles if you don’t have status, 80,000 Alaska miles if you’re an MVP member, 90,000 Alaska miles if you’re an MVP Gold, or 95,000 Alaska miles if you’re an MVP Gold 75K
Assuming you value Alaska miles at two cents each and have no status, and assuming you’re paying with The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’d be earning ~1,650USD worth of points, meaning the real cost of the ticket is ~1,250USD. For that you’re getting 40 hours in Emirates first class.
This has to be one of the best first class non-mistake fares I’ve ever seen. I don’t have the need to travel from Toronto to Milan, though I’m tempted as heck to book one of these tickets, given how much I love Emirates first class.
Anyone else tempted by one of these amazing Emirates first class fares?
(Tip of the hat to zoqfotpik)