Happy 2019! The first day of the year is almost over for me and I spent today writing down and thinking about the places I’d like to visit this year and the airlines I want to fly. My first big trip of the year will involve the Middle East and South Pacific sometime in late January or February. While I currently have the Etihad First Class A380 Apartment booked, I want to fly a bunch of airlines I haven’t yet and I’m hoping to incorporate those into my first trip somehow.

Etihad Airways First Class A380

Etihad Airways First Class A380

After the South Pacific, I will likely need to be back in North America and I figured the best way for that would be to redeem Alaska Airlines miles for Qantas First Class, but… I can’t find a single First Class award seat in February or March on the A380, so I’m not too sure what is going on as before Sydney to Dallas was generally available in First Class.

I made a list of what products I would like to fly this year and upon making the list, I realised I haven’t flown a bunch of incredible airlines yet in First or Business Class. That’s probably due to the fact that this year I focused on re-qualifying for Miles & More Senator status, so I planned my travels around cheap Lufthansa/Austrian/SWISS/LOT fares and didn’t redeem too many miles for travel.

Specifically, I can’t believe I haven’t flown EVA Air or Singapore Airlines yet… at all. The biggest shock to all of you should be that I haven’t flown Emirates yet… at all. Honestly, I cannot justify paying over 100k miles for EK F especially when I think Etihad First Class is better. So Emirates probably won’t happen. Ever.

Star Alliance

  • Air New Zealand Business Class
  • Avianca Business Class
  • Brussels Airlines Business Class
  • EVA Air Business Class
  • SAS Business Class
  • Singapore Airlines Suites Class
  • Singapore Airlines Business Class


  • Finnair Business Class
  • Japan Airlines First Class
  • Qantas First Class
  • Qantas Business Class
  • Qatar Airways First Class

I plan on redeeming miles for Star Alliance flights through Aeroplan, Miles & More, or United. For oneworld, I can basically redeem Alaska Airlines or American Airlines miles and I should be good.

I think the main issue with me not flying so many Star Alliance premium cabins is because I’d rather save my miles for Lufthansa First Class instead of redeeming them for something else. However, this year I really have to fly at least 75% of what is on the list above. After all, it is kind of my job to review First and Business Class. 🙂

What airlines and cabins are you planning to fly this year?