Just 12 airlines have taken delivery of 143 Airbus A380's so far (October 2014). The Airbus A380 offers an enormous amount of space and provides ample opportunity to create a unique First Class product.
We have taken a look at all these products and your options to book them using miles – simply Mighty Travels with Mighty Savings!
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I recently booked my ride in Emirates A380 First Class. Availability is very good for next year for most US-bound Emirates A380 routes. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is the best program to book your ride.
The product is top-notch – I'll plan to post my review next month.
Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines runs 19 A380's mostly from Singapore to Europe and Australia. The only two A380 US routes are New York and Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo. The best way to book it is using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles which we outlined in our guide to maximize Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles last week.
Lufthansa flies 12 A380's as of now, to various destinations in Europe, South Africa and the US. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York and Miami (some destinations are seasonal).
I wrote about my excellent flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai with the A380 in Lufthansa First Class review last year.
Lufthansa First Class is usually available to partners 14 days before departure. Unfortunately, United Mileage Plus severely devalued its award chart and it's now twice as expensive to use Lufthansa to Asia (via Europe).
Lufthansa's Miles & More program does have lots of Lufthansa First Class availability, but only VIP status-holders can book First Class since a change earlier this year.
Malaysia Airlines A380
Malaysia Airlines has 6 Airbus A380's in use and flies to London and Paris from Kuala Lumpur. I had a great time on my flight (before the recent incidents) and reflected that in my review of Malaysia Airlines First Class last year.
You can book awards rather easily for 70,000 miles and no fuel surcharges using AAdvantage one-way.
Air France A380
Air France has taken delivery of 10 Airbus A380's and flies them to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York in the USA. Availability is excellent!
You can use Korean Air SKYPASS miles (1:1 Ultimate Rewards partner) to book a redemption for 100,000 miles + $400 in fuel surcharges on Air France in First Class.
British Airways A380
British Airways just recently got delivery of 7 Airbus A380's and installed a new First Class product. It is readily available for booking using AAdvantage miles or BA Avios. However, the fuel surcharges are substantial – depending on the location you can pay up to $800 for the round trip.
These destinations are served by an A380 currently:
Qatar Airways A380
Qatar is just about to receive its first A380's and is planning to put those on the London-Doha route. The trouble is, award availability has disappeared in First Class (after it was initially available every day). Let's hope it returns!
Any Oneworld partner – notably American Airlines or BA Avios – can book the flight using miles.
Etihad Airways A380
Etihad has made big headlines lately with 'The Residence' claim for the A380 First Class. The first planes will ply the London to Abu Dhabi routes.
There is currently NO WAY no redeem miles in First Class. I recently booked myself in a Business Class seat. Maybe redemption in First Class will show up one day.
Qantas runs the A380 to Los Angeles, Dallas (DFW) as well as Dubai and Hong Kong. The US routes are hard to find availability for – they often sell out of award seats 330 days in advance.
If you find availability, the best option will usually be AAdvantage miles to book the trip.
China Southern Airlines A380
China Southern Airlines flies the A380 to Sydney, Los Angeles and Guangzhou. Your best option to book this SkyTeam partner in First Class is again Korean Air SKYPASS as a 1:1 partner of Ultimate Rewards.
Korean Air A380
Korean Air runs the mighty A380 to Frankfurt, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Lots of availability as well, for most of these seats.
Korean Air SKYPASS is a 1:1 partner of Ultimate Rewards and while the booking process is bureaucratic, the redemption rates and the excellent product make it worth working through the time-intensive process.
Thai Airways International
Thai Airways has taken delivery of 6 A380 aircraft in total so far. It runs the aircraft to Frankfurt, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Osaka. My flight in Thai Airways First Class from Osaka to Bangkok was very memorable. I truly loved the layout of the First Class suites and the excellent service by the flight attendants.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]
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