Many people are interested in miles and points because of the opportunity that they afford to travel in more premium conditions for the same cost as economy – or for almost nothing at all! Because of miles and points, I have had the opportunity to travel in some very nice airplane cabins – First Class on Cathay Pacific, First Class on Emirates A380 (with the shower – best post-race flight ever!), and (my favorite) Suites Class on Singapore Airlines A380, to name a few. These travel experiences were certainly special but are certainly not required by me in order to travel. 🙂 I honestly feel more at home in coach than on some of those flights (I kept asking a couple of the flight attendants on Singapore if they wanted to eat with me because I was bored during meal service :).
Premium Cabins Constantly Change
As airlines change and work to conform to the ever-changing landscape of their passengers, they continue to modify and order planes that fit with their business plan. Some airlines have found they are better off removing their international first class cabins altogether. However, there are other airlines that are just raising the bar even higher. Of course, the airlines that are working that end are the big Middle Eastern airlines.
If you have traveled on Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, or Qatar Airways, you have undoubtedly noticed that there are many passengers who are doing quite well in business (or inheritance). Because of all the money that is present in that region and the amount of upscale passengers, it is no wonder that these airlines are trying to make their premium cabins even better.
Welcome to the Etihad Residence
The first introduction of over-the-top in-flight opulence is by Etihad Airways. They announced earlier this week that their upcoming Airbus A380 jets will be coming in with the most upscale cabins ever. That is because they are releasing Apartments and, in case your own apartment on a plane is not big enough, Residences.
These Residences will be available as a three room suite that measures 125 sq ft. It will come with its own butler and have a bedroom, sitting area, and private bath. The first route will be Abu Dhabi – London and will cost $20,000 one-way. Yes, that is actually for two people, since the Residences will accommodate two passengers for a reservation, but that is still a lot of money! However, there are passengers that pay $11,000 for a one-way flight from the US to Frankfurt in first class, so getting two passengers for $20,000 will still find many willing buyers.
So, when is premium airline travel too much? This is taking comfort to a whole different level – and that price will only get you 7 hours in it! Sure, there will be people who will pay it, but it certainly seems like a lot to pay! If you are interested in reading a review of it, Ben at One Mile At A Time has a unique program in place to help him be one of the first to review this unbelievable product! Who knows, with a product like this, you may forget you were even flying!