Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW)

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777

We boarded through door 1L to be greeted by a flight attendant who was happy to show us to our seats in the front row. My first impressions of the cabin and suite were positive. I have of course seen numerous photos/ videos of Emirates First Class cabin.  It is quite elegant with the maple wood accents complimented by the gold/brass. It makes quite the statement although not to everyones tastes perhaps.

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My Emirates First Class boarding pass

(please note the cabin photos in which it appears to be daytime were taken upon departure of the flight when we arrived in Dallas)

The First Class cabin occupancy was 5/8 for our flight. My wife and I in the middle seats in row one. Another couple in there 50’s whom appeared to be from Texas (cowboy hat) were in row two behind us. Finally there was a woman in her 30’s in 1A that appeared to be the wife or girlfriend of one of the pilots thus both seats on the right side of the plane were unoccupied.

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Emirates First Class on Boeing 777

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Emirates First Class

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Emirates First Class seating

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Emirates First Class suite

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Emirates First Class Suite

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Emirates First Class Suite

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Complimentary beverages in your Emirates First Class suite

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Emirates First Class suite remote control and optional IFE screen

The two young woman flight attendants did a nice job during the flight.  I was offered a glass of Dom pre-departure.  They also let my wife know that if she needed any additional assistance they would be happy to help. We did request a lap child seat belt for our little guy.  They also gave him a complimentary kids package with toys and stuff to color although he was somewhat young for the package.

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Pre-departure beverage-Dom Perignon Champagne

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Yours truly settling in (sorry, I need a haircut and a diet after every trip! 🙂

Shortly after our pre-departure beverages we were handed our complimentary slippers and Emirates pajamas.   The pajama’s while plain were nice and I have been wearing them occasionally (this is being written three months after the flight) even after the flight. We were also offered an Arabic date and headphones for the journey.

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Emirates slipper bag

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Complimentary Pajama’s in a soft pouch

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Arabic date

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Complimentary inflight headphones

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Emirates First Class seat

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Emirates First Class door exterior

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Emirates First Class skin creams

We enjoyed snooping around our suites to see what everything was and did.  We weren’t offered a tour of our suite by our butler like on our Etihad flight prior but that’s not necessary and we were able to figure everything out just fine.

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Emirates logo at the front of the First Class

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Do not disturb indicator light on my Emirates First Class suite

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Fresh Orchids in my Emirates First Class suite
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Flight stats to Dallas

We had a long 15+ hour flight to Dallas.  I had booked our flight to Dallas rather than the more logical Chicago to experience the flight on the larger Airbus A380 aircraft (which has an onboard shower and bar).  Those plans changed when Emirates later decided to “downgrade” the route to Dallas to a Boeing 777 after I already ticketed my seats.  I didn’t want to fuss with trying to change my ticket to Chicago to make it easier logistically or to another A380 route like JFK.

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Emirates First Class window seat

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Stars on the ceiling of Emirates First Class

Shortly after takeoff I decided to check the menu out. The flight attendant working my isle, a lovely Indian woman let me know that I could eat anytime.  I decided just to eat right away even though I wasn’t particularly hungry at 3:30am. My wife decided to go to sleep with the baby.

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Dom Perignon 2006 was on the menu

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Dom Perignon with mixed nuts hiding behind the personal entertainment screen

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Caviar with blini’s

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My wife and child sleeping in the suite next to me with doors closed


Appetizer

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My main entree

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Dessert


After dessert dessert?

I thought the meal was good although not memorable. Well paced so I could get through it and try to rest. After my meal I actually decided to make my own bed as all the bedding was readily available behind my seat.  The mattress pad on the bed was pretty thick and cushy.

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Emirates First Class suite in bed mode

I did have a glass of the Hennessy Paradise to sip on but didn’t want to finish it after 4-5 glasses of champagne in me already.  It was extremely smooth.

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My bed setup in Emirates First Class

I watched some TV in bed for a while before dozing off for just a few hours.

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My view laying down in the Emirates First Class bed with doors closed

After a few hours of sleep the entire family was up.  We took the baby over to the window seats that were unoccupied since the sun was up so he could see the clouds.  The Captain or First Officer lended his hat to our little guy for a minute which was a nice gesture.


Our little Emirates Captain

About 2 hours before landing we had our breakfast.  I had the eggs. They were great.

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Scrambled eggs on Emirates First Class

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Storage compartment where I hung my clothes

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My wife with her suite door open but the suite next to hers is closed

Our baby did so well on this entire trip and this flight was no different.  He was maybe slightly whiny on this flight for a very short time while sleeping or waking from sleep. The passengers behind commented to us upon landing how well our kid did!  They were nervous it was going to be a terrible flight but our little guy is a good passenger.   He didn’t get nearly the attention he did on some of our other flights but that’s fine as he was looked after just fine.

We had a great flight. Very comfortable with good service.  Good food and beverage selection.  We would love to fly Emirates again sometime, perhaps in the A380 next time!


PointsPinnacle Breakdown

Had we decided to pay cash for this flight we would have to pay over $8300 per person in first class.


Cash price for our First Class flight home from the Maldives to Dallas= $8396/per person!

We instead used our Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.  Alaska and Emirates are partners and thus 90,000 miles and $65.70 per adult bought our tickets! (please note that since I booked this flight that Alaska has greatly increased the miles needed now)


Ticket confirmation-90,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles and $65.70 per ticket

To bring our baby along things were a bit more difficult (and costly).  We needed to purchase a lap infant ticket.  In order to do so you generally need to pay 10% of the cash fare.  The issue became who was going to ticket this? Alaska or Emirates?  After asking around (and calling Alaska directly) I confirmed that Alaska cannot ticket a lap infant. Emirates was making things difficult by saying because it was a mixed cabin ticket they couldn’t do it either. One rep even told me I would have to pay for the ticket in the Maldives at the Male ticket office!! After talking to three reps and not taking no for an answer we had our infant ticketed (after an over hour long phone call) for $1013.26! Ridiculous that a 20 pound baby that is sitting on our laps cost $1000 but my wife would not take this trip without him so it was a necessary price to pay.  Please note that they actually did have to ticket him segment by segment. So 10% of the business class fare from Male to Dubai and another 10% of the First class fare from Dubai to Dallas.


Price for our lap infant

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions or comments as always!

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One thought on “Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW)

  1. HI TROY,HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ,YOUR WIFE AND YOUR “LITTLE GUY”…I REALLY ENJOY FOLLOWING YOUR TRAVELS !
    iT SEEMS THAT YOUR DXB-DFW EXPERIENCE ON ETIHAD WAS NOT AS GREAT AS YOUR EMIRATES FLIGHT…THOUGH BOTH GREAT AIRLINES ,I’D CHOOSE EMIRATES HANDS DOWN BASED ON YOUR REPORT AS WELL AS OTHERS I HAVE READ.

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPORTS AND WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WELL AND HAPPY TRAVELS!
    STEVE

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