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Business Upgrade- A surprise given by Emirates

Like every flyer, traveling in Business or First class is one of my dreams but the amount you have to pay is very high as compared to economy class, due to which it’s not possible for everyone to afford it and not for me as well as my all my trips were business trips i.e. all cost covered by the company. During my first travel with Emirates, I didn’t sign up for their frequent flyer program (I thought who will travel with Emirates or it could be my maiden abroad travel also) but during the trip, one of my colleagues explained and made me signup the program. After that trip to today (24th Aug 2017) I went to Paris 4 times and with Emirates only.

During my Second Pris trip, I came to know about the business class upgrade given by Airlines to their frequent flyer, as I didn’t have many points it was not possible so I googled a lot to know the trick to get the business upgrade and tried everything, starting from reach early to the airport, wearing business attire, etc. for next three trips but it never worked.

While returning from CDG (Paris) on 17th June 2017 I got Boarding pass till Kolkata i.e. CDG to DXB and DXB to CCU. Everything was normal from CDG to DXB, we landed moved to another terminal by Bus; did some duty-free shopping; reached to Boarding Gate just on time, and presented my boarding pass, and attended scanned my boarding pass and screen shown “ERROR”, I was little tense and her next action gave me a panic attack “She tore off the boarding pass”. Then she immediately printed a new Boarding pass and handed over to me. I asked her if there is any problem she said: “No Sir, you have been upgraded to business class”. I was super excited and can’t wait to onboard and experience the Business class of Boeing 777-300ER.

New Boarding Pass printed at Boarding Gate


Onboarding was smooth as First & Business class are a first preference to onboard on aircraft. After onboarding, the flight attendant guided me to my seat and introduce herself and soon welcome drinks were served.

Business Class Seat

The seat was wider, more comfortable and the most its flatbed seat i.e. The seat will convert into a bed with a button press (a little long press). Apart this there was a 10inch LCD screen with remote control on the seat, space to keep your belongings, reading light which you can adjust according to your requirements, shoe rack to keep shoes (which a bit small for my shoe), a pair of socks, noise-canceling Headphones(which were really kool) and last but not least a very big Menu of items that will be served.

We took off from Dubai on the scheduled time and it was smooth, after browsing ICE channel list I have played 2016 movie “The Founder” a story of a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into the biggest restaurant business in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

At regular intervals, flight attended was checking if I needed anything or not. Suddenly Stewart came to me sat on his knees and told me that they are running out of stock for gents Bulgari amenity kits but they have Female kits which I accepted. He apologized for the inconvenience and assured me that he will update the airlines about the issue.

As the Movie coming to end, I have flattened the seat and not sure when I slept. I had one of the best sleep on a flight. In the morning flight attended woke me for breakfast and below is the pic of the meal (I am an eggetarian so changed my meal accordingly)

Business Class Meal
Emirates Business Class Meal

After breakfast, there was an hour to land so I checked random videos. The landing was great and another advantage I got that I was able to exit early from the flight to get quickly to immigration check.

In the end, I would like to thank Emirates for giving me a wonderful experience.

Note: While writing this article I am at Bengaluru Airport for my next trip to Paris but due to the non-availability of tickets in Emirates I am traveling by Etihad.

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