Emirates is known for its flashy first class with onboard showers and for raising the bar in business class with its famous A380 onboard bars.
While the economy area is less glamorous, it is still a solid product. It offers large entertainment screens packed with hundreds of channels as well as plenty of food and drink options to pass the time.
Now, an all-new class of service has taken off from Dubai. For the first time, Emirates has launched a premium economy section to bridge the gap between economy and business class.
How does the new product compare to other classes on the same plane, and with all that bling, does Emirates have the world’s best first class? Which class is best for your cash, or points and miles?
We were eager to get on board. What better way to cover the entire experience than to try out all four classes available on its flagship double-decker Airbus A380 at the same time? We filmed our experience just weeks after the airline rolled out the full premium economy offering.
Watch the full video below:
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First class — Nicky Kelvin
We paid: 2,144 pounds sterling (about $2,460) as a cash fare from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) to London, via Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Business class — Liam Spencer
We paid: 72,500 Skywards miles plus 385 pounds ($442) in fees, taxes and surcharges for a one-way redemption ticket from Dubai to London.
Premium economy — Ben Smithson
We paid: 1,622 pounds ($1,861) for a return flight from London to Dubai with the outbound flight in economy.
Economy — Maren Gimnes
We paid: 1,138 pounds ($1,305) for a return flight from London to Dubai.
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.