Howdy from Mauritius! It’s been another great trip (so far), having flown Emirates First Class from Toronto to Dubai, spending some time there, and then flying to Mauritius. In Dubai, I did high tea at the Burj Khalifa, which was neat. I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Financial Centre, which while well-located and comfortable, was worn-out and a little dirty.
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Turkish airlines is a premier Star Alliance carrier, with one of the best Business Class products available, with an excellent lounge, stunning food, and good ground services (free transfer hotel, city tour). Further, they release a good amount of award availability, and Aeroplan doesn’t charge fuel surcharges to redeem on them! For this trip, we were flying Malta – Istanbul – Toronto in Business Class.
Getting a surprise upgrade to Lufthansa First Class was the focus of the last post, and now I will review the product itself.
I will forgo reviewing the positioning United flight from Ottawa-Washington, other than to note it felt like a much nicer domestic first service than experienced in the past and United may be making some real improvements. Readers may recall that I had my tongue firmly affixed to my cheek when I previously reviewed United Global First Class.
Several weeks ago, I stayed at the Intercontinental Austin using an Ambassador BOGO certificate. It was quite a nice stay, and being the time that SCOTUS announced their gay-marriage decision, a stay certainly encompassed by celebration.
I was able to grab a pair of Global First Class seats on Sydney to San Francisco at the last minute using Aeroplan (no taxes!). I have to say, United’s Global First Class is the single most awesome thing in the sky. Emirates shower? Meh! Lufthansa’s caviar? Too salty! United has captured the essence of what First Class ought to be, and has ruined me for the future.