Even after redeeming (or ‘burning’) over a million miles on “free flights” up to this point, one experience keeps slipping my fingers, and that is a seat on the renowned Emirates superjumbo A380 jet that features a superfluous bar and shower for Business and First Class passengers.
A bar and shower on frickin’ airplane. You read that right.
After waiting patiently for several years for the right occasion to nab a seat on this opulent flight, an opportunity finally presented itself when I had to get to New York from Colombo. There are many ways to get there but there was only one option in my mind. That option started with an 'E’, ended with an ’S’ and had 'MIRATE’ in the middle.
My Business Class ticket ended up costing 82,500 Alaska Airlines miles and $150 in taxes and fees for a one way flight. As an added bonus, I was able to tack on a short Colombo (CMB) to Dubai (DXB) hop in Business Class for no extra miles. It was a lot of miles to cash in but a one way Business Class ticket from Dubai to New York alone would cost around $5,000 (!) so I thought I was getting really good value.