All too often, people ask me if I am telling the truth when I write articles about how I’ve flown across the world for free. Trust me, I get it… When someone says something that sounds like it’s probably too good to be true, you are going to have some trouble wrapping your head around it.
I can, however, tell you with 100% certainty that there is no lie here. I dedicated hours upon hours of my time to learning all that I needed to know about using flight points and miles to book first class flights totally for free.
By using these little tricks I’ve found through the years, I’ve had the fortune of flying some of the most luxurious, amazing airlines that currently technology has to offer.
I’m not going to lie to you; it can be a real pain in the butt to book free flights with points. There is a lot of tedious work, point transference, and roadblocks that you are going to run into along the way. However, if you are flexible, you can and will book the perfect vacation.
We are going to go through the 7 best first class flights that are bookable for free with points right now. Let us know down in the comments below which sounds like your dream vacation!
#1: SINGAPORE AIRLINE SUITES CLASS TO FRANKFURT FOR 107,500 MILES
Look, Singapore Suites class is not only the best flight that you can book using your miles, but it’s probably the best flight I’ve ever taken. Period. From the moment that you become a Suites customer, you will be met with the best customer service, the best meal in the sky, and the best treatment you’ve ever received on an airplane.
The Suites crew treats you like royalty. You will receive complimentary expensive champagne, designer pajamas, toiletries, a meal made by a chef, a television with countless options, and a bed to sleep on once all of the luxuries start to tire you out.
The best part is that it’s only 107,500 KrisFlyer miles. You can score this deal flying out of New York as well if you transfer SPG Points to Singapore Airlines for 93,500 KrisFlyer miles.
#2: EMIRATES FIRST CLASS TO MILAN ONE-WAY FOR 75,000 MILES
Emirates is a name that is known for first class and luxury, and they take that seriously. Enjoy a flight from New York to Milan in style, by sipping chilled champagne and enjoying a free chauffeur to and from the airport.
You’ll also receive a vanity, some toiletries, a leather seat to sleep on, and a flat screen television to keep you entertained during your trip. Heck, they even have a shower onboard so you can freshen up before you land.
All that for 75,000 is a pretty spectacular deal.
#3: ETIHAD AIRWAYS DIAMOND FIRST CLASS TO EUROPE ONE-WAY FOR 180,000 MILES PLUS 25,000 AVIOS
If you are looking for privacy, Etihad Airways is the way to go. All first class seats provide a door for their customers to close when they want to be left alone. Inside of this small makeshift room is a television to enjoy, ample leg room, and delicious meals that will be delivered to you promptly.
You can enjoy a flight via Etihad from New York to Abu Dhabi for 180,000 miles, then transfer to anywhere in Europe for just 25,000 AVIOS from there. This may seem strange, but it can be a great “pit stop” in your vacation if you plan it perfectly.
#4: LUFTHANSA FIRST CLASS TO FRANKFURT OR MUNICH ONE-WAY FOR 110,000 MILES
Caviar? Check. Seat that turns into a bed? Check. Exceptional service? Check. Privacy? Check. Lufthansa recently revamped their first class experience so it now rivals those of the others on this list. The best part is just how cheap it currently is.
You can fly Lufthansa via United from Washington, Detroit, or Charlotte to Frankfurt or Munich; lots of options to get all the way to Europe for 110,000 miles one-way. If you can’t see the savings, here’s a little tidbit for you: In cash, this flight would cost you around $12,000.
#5: SWISS AIR FIRST CLASS TO EUROPE ROUND-TRIP FOR 55,000-125,000 MILES
Swiss Air allows customers to get the first class experience for 125,000 miles round-trip from Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Montreal to Europe.
This means award winning meals, flat screen televisions, ample room to stretch out, and truly remarkable customer service for free.
The coolest thing about Swiss Air is that they frequently run promotions. This means that customers can receive more miles for their points if they book during the right time. In other words, a “price” point for these miles can be difficult to come by, but if you are booking during one of their promotions, you are sure to get a deal.
#6: CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS FIRST CLASS SUITES TO ASIA FOR 90,000 MILES
If personal closets, toiletry bags, roomy suites, and awesome staff sounds like your thing, look no further than Cathay Pacific Airways.
Here’s where things get cool. Unlike other airlines, Cathay Pacific allows customers to stop in various European destinations on the way to their Asia destination for just 90,000 miles. You may be asking yourself how this works, so let me explain.
Because of open laws allowed by US Airways, you are allowed to stop in as many European destinations as you’d like, enjoying a day or two in each spot, as long as you connect your flights in one round. With this rule, you are essentially allowed to travel the world for just 90,000 and you cannot beat that.
#7: BRITISH AIRWAYS FIRST CLASS TO LONDON FOR 60,000 MILES
If you’re flying either a very short distance or a very long distance, British Airlines is a great consideration. For first class award space between the U.S. and Europe, British Airways has you covered more than any other airline, but you have to pay a fuel surcharge. That may not sound too bad, but it can be as high as $500.
If you’re flying out of Washington, New York, or Vancouver, you can get to London for 60,000 miles one-way in first class. This awards you a full sleeper bed and plenty of amenities.