Updated on January 20, 2016
Similar to last month when I wrote about tons of Emirates First Class availability out of Dallas and New York, there is again WIDE OPEN availability – this time it is out of Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington DC (IAD)!
As we wrote about last time, Emirates First Class is one of the most over the top flying experiences out there. The A380s that fly these routes include your own suite (with doors) and an on-board shower and bar!
Over the last several weeks Emirates has done a lot of tinkering with the aircraft for different routes to the US. They have changed the Dallas route from a A380 to B777 (seasonally) and changed the Houston route from an A380 to B777 permanently. They then upgraded Washington DC (IAD) to an A380 and added a second A380 to the Los Angeles (LAX) route; this is where we find the new mother-lode of open F availability!
The best way to fly Emirates is using Alaska Airlines miles which are fairly easy to acquire and don’t have any fuel surcharges attached (which can be several $100 on some flights using Emirates’ own miles). When using Alaska miles it costs 90K miles to the Middle east and 100K miles to Europe or Africa (through Dubai).
Due to a question from a friend, I actually wrote a whole post about the easiest way to fly Emirates and Etihad First Class a couple months ago.
But let’s get to the point. Emirates flights from IAD (Washington DC) usually have OK availability to DXB (Dubai) and flights from LAX (Los Angeles) usually have terrible availability. But, at the moment they have GREAT availability!!
From February through Decmeber (except June) there are 4 seats on most days between IAD (Washington DC) and DXB (Dubai)!!
The calendar searches below are for 4 seats and each day that shows 90K miles has 4 seats on an Emirates flight available! And actually MOST of the days that list 80K + a big fuel surcharge also actually have Emirates First Class as well and just aren’t showing on the calendar. For example, I clicked through every day of November and there were 4 seats available everyday but two, even though the calendar view shows 80K+fuel surcharge.
And a view of the day screen here:
But the big find is all the availability out of LAX! Not only is there availability of 4 seats on the new route, but on a few days there are 4 seats on BOTH flights.
The availability isn’t nearly as good as IAD but still really good! Here are examples of the availability below. Most are in the fall but there are some summer flights as well.
Now a word of caution. There have been several reports in the past of some of Alaska Airlines availability being ‘phantom space’ (not really available). So if you are transferring miles in from SPG, MR, etc, and you are concerned, I would call Alaska Airlines first or maybe even Emirates.
That being said, I did actually go on Emirates website and confirmed availability on their site for several (but not all) the months listed above.
Once you get to Dubai (DXB) there are connections to most places in the world and there could be a chance to ride 2 segments in an A380 First Class!
Also, I did see some improved availability from DXB to Washington DC and LAX but it was not as good as heading to the Middle East.
This is really impressive availability, especially out of LAX which is usually slim pickings. Hopefully this will help some people with upcoming trips using Alaska Miles or Emirates own currency for a large group or the whole family!