The first time I flew first class, my mind was totally blown. I was randomly upgraded on a short commuter flight, but was wowed by the free Champagne, surprisingly decent meal and cloth napkins. Cloth napkins in the air? Now that’s luxury.
Or so I thought. It turns out that Emirates airlines offers gourmet meals, complimentary wines and more than 2,500 channels of in-flight entertainment for all of their passengers. And the relatively pricey airline is having a fall sale that can offer you big savings when you fly to Athens, Greece from Newark, New Jersey.
If you’re flying alone, economy tickets start at just $449. You’ll save even more if there are two of you — companion fares from Newark to Athens are just $799. Even if you don’t live near Newark, a trans-Atlantic flight for two under $800 is cheap enough that you should be able to get a flight to New Jersey and still come in under budget.
For an even more luxurious experience, travelers can upgrade to business or first class. Business class offers all the amenities of economy, along with a roomier seat, complimentary chauffeur drive to the airport (seriously!), premium food and beverages and complimentary wine, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.
And don’t even get me started on first class! You get your own private suite, can use the onboard shower spa and enjoy cocktails in the elegant onboard lounge.
Business class fares to Athens start at $2,899; first class at $5,999. It’s still expensive, true, but if you want a taste of real luxury, the Emirates fall sale is the time to do it.
But you have to act fast. The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Aug. 17 for travel booked from Sept. 17 to Dec. 18 or Dec. 25 to March 30 (there are no blackout dates for first-class tickets for travel between Sept. 17 to March 30).
A Greek vacation is a treat already, but upgrading your ticket and flying on Emirates will make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Unless you’re super-rich and get to fly like this all the time, in which case — call me!