If you’re New York bound this summer you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to get there.
Business Class trips on Emirates can cost up to $7,977 a pop, and even though Etihad Airways is cheaper at $6321 and removes the hassle of customs upon arrival, it’s still quite a hefty sum to pay.
Here are some alternate routes you can take that allow you to save your budget for your adventure in the big city rather than spending it before you even get there. It might take you some extra time, but you’ll still be in the lap of luxury as a business traveller and arrive to your destination pampered and in style.
1-Qatar Airways taken from DWC-Al Maktoum International to JFK can cost as low as $3926.30, which is literally less than half of that of Emirates. But there’s a catch: You have to go through two stops in Doha and Manchester before arriving to your final destination, which results in a total flight time of 20 hours and 34 minutes, including the two stops
2- If you’re not in a rush and the previous flight and its duration didn’t faze you, then you’re probably better off taking the Gulf Air route through Charles De Gaulle. For only $3435.90, you can have the business class experience from DWC-Al Maktoum International, all the way to New York with a total flight time of 16 hours and 35 minutes. Still, you will be making two stops, in Paris and Manama. And if you include the transit times in the equation, then tack on another 4 hours and 20 minutes to the process.
3- Going further down in the price bracket in Egypt Air, with fairs that can go as low as $2887 in total. One stop in Cairo. 18 hours and 15 minutes total flight time. And a guarantee of a quiet flight since you’re catching the red eye at 5am from the Dubai International Airport. Another mini glitch to note: The return trip is a shocking 25 hours and 30 minutes in total.
4- Virgin Atlantic offers up quite the appealing deal, far superior to the rest if you’re looking for convenience and savings. Their equivalent to business class seats are named “Premium Economy” and you can get to JFK from DXB with just one short stop in London. For the lowest price of $2680, shopping at Heathrow will be a guilt-free undertaking. The total flight time on this trip is only 15 hours and 40 minutes, which is an hour and 30 minutes more than a direct flight and transit time is short of 4 hours.
5- If you still want to experience the lustrous luxury of Emirates’ Business Class on their A380 flight while cutting costs, then the best choice is to plan this trip well in advance. Saving up on their Skywards Miles can earn you a free ticket to the Big Apple. All you have to do is choose the right credit card to subscribe to based on your salary and frequent flyer propensity and just pay all your regular expenses through it. Just be sure to close up your bill at the end of each month so this idea wouldn’t have a conflicting effect on your budget. For frequent flyers interested in Emirates rewards, the banking options are Citibank, Emirates Islamic and Emirates NBD.
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