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The World's 6 Best First-Class Experiences You Can Have

Immerse in luxury and arrive refreshed when you book the world’s best in-flight experiences are what you can're bound to get on the world's 6 best first-classes! After all, real life is nothing like George Clooney from Up in the Air, but here in real life you get to enjoy these first class experiences, and perhaps can motivate you to start you points-collecting life, in which case you'll be enjoying these 6 best First Class experiences I have ever had!

1. Cathay Airlines First Class 

While not as private or pampering as flying in your own enclosed suite, Cathay’s first class option gets points for roominess. I immediately noticed that there were just three seats across the cabin rather than the usual four. I appreciated the extra room as I settled in. Exhausted from a day of work and travel, I snacked on delectable pralines before falling back with the seat in bed position and snuggling under a 500 thread-count duvet. Then I recalled that the seat has a massage option and enjoyed a soothing treatment as I drifted off. Cathay Airlines just announced big changes coming to the Asia Miles chart. Make sure to book your tickets before the dreaded devaluation happens on June 22nd, 2018. 

See our First Class/ Buisness Class reviews on Cathay:
1. Review: Cathay Pacific First Class B777 Hong Kong to New York
2. Review : Cathay Pacific Business Class A350, Vancouver to Hong 3. Kong
Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Hong Kong
Welcome Krug Champagne and warm nuts on Cathay Pacific B777 First Class - The World's 6 Best First Class

2. Japan Airlines, JAL First Class Suite

Boarding a flight from Tokyo to New York after a long day, all I really cared about was sleep. That changed after I was presented with a traditional kaiseki-ryōri Japanese dinner with multiple mouthwatering courses. My attention was also diverted when I received Shiseido products for refreshing at turndown service. Then I eased back on a suite bed that was more than six feet long and laid my head down on an air-weave pillow. The bed had a generous width and a mattress pad you can flip for firmness preference. I chose the soft side and enjoyed slumber all the way to the Big Apple. A tip on awards points — Japan Airlines is an oneworld member. You can redeem its award flights with points from American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Japan Airlines and other partners on JAL. JAL also annouced its partner award devaluation coming November.

 Japan Airlines review:
1. Review: Japan Airlines First Class Lounge – Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND
Shoe shine service at Japan Airlines First Class Lounge, Haneda - The World's 6 Best First-Class

3. Qatar First Class

While I didn’t have my own enclosed suite, Qatar’s first-class seat sure made it feel as if I did. Without overhead bins, the space had a roomy feel. It was also wider than the usual in business class. I even had a closet for my bag. Having flown Qatar before, I knew I was in for a delicious meal and the multiple courses that included herb-encrusted lamb and macaroons with ice-cream filling confirmed the expectation. After freshening at one of the largest and most well-appointed lavatories I’ve seen on a plane, I set my seat to its slumber position and nodded off in comfort. Qatar is a memebr of oneworld and you can redeem its award flights with points from American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Japan Airlines and other partners. Qatar has recently announced to add booking fee on award redemption so you might want to check the fees before you book.

Qatar First Class Reviews:
1. Review: Qatar Airways A380 First Class, Guangzhou to Doha
2. Lounge Review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge, Doha Airport (DOH)

4. Singapore Airlines Suites

This was surely one of the most luxurious flight experiences I have ever had. I imagine my mouth dropped as I arrived at my suite to find a separate bedroom with a full-sized bed that adjusts to serve as a seating area. I stowed my bag in a personal wardrobe, returned to the living area and settled into a swivel chair of fine leather. A glass of Dom Perignon was delivered, which would normally surprise me but seemed fitting given the lavish suite. I flipped on a 32-inch flat-screen TV and found a film, adjusted an ottoman to table position and wondered about the gourmet meal to come. If you’re not a regular on Singapore Airlines, you probably don’t have the awards miles to upgrade. Know you can use American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest points toward your flight. Singapore Airlines is a member of Star Alliance which means you can redeem its award tickets with miles from United Airlines, Singapore Ailrines, Lufthansa, Thai Airways and other members from Star Alliance.

Singapore First Class reviews:
1. Review: Singapore Airlines B777-300ER New First Class, Hong Kong to San Francisco
2. Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class, Tokyo-Singapore
Singapore Airlines First Class Cabin provides world known Dom Perignon, and vintage Krug Grand Cuve’e - The World's 6 Best First-Class

5. Emirates First Class A380 Cabin

My expectations rose the moment I saw the expressions of the crew as I presented my first class boarding pass. I was in for a pampered and privileged experience. A fresh orchid and glass of Dom Perignon upon arrival at my suite confirmed these thoughts. Over the next 12 hours, I was immersed in luxury with pluses like a personal minibar and a designer beauty kit. Resting on a flat bed that could comfortably fit two, I used a remote to browse programs on a high-end entertainment system. While I could, I won’t go on about the gourmet meal or how luxurious it felt to refresh at the onboard spa shower. You can upgrade to the cabin starting at 9,000 Delta Skywards Miles. 

6. Etihad First Class The Residence 

About the size of the apartment I had in college, the three-room Etihad Residence suite was by far the most room I’ve ever experienced on a flight. And my most indulgent flying experience. I immediately explored my mini apartment — a private bathroom with a shower, a separate bedroom with a long double bed topped with Italian linens. The living room had a seriously comfortable leather couch and two tables for dining. I settled in, clicked on a large flat-screen TV and called for the butler to bring a menu of gourmet meals. I’d come very far from the days of my apartment in college. Note that you can transfer your Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou points  to the Etihad Guest Program for award redemption.

Etihad First Class review:
1. Review: Etihad First Class Apartment A380, London to Abu-Dhabi
Etihad First Class Apartment - The World's 6 Best First-Class

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