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Emirates business class – what’s all the fuss about?

Emirates business class is famous for offering super luxury in the air and going the extra mile. But what makes it so special and is it worth the cost? Read on to get answers to all your luxury air travel questions including:

  • How much does Emirates business class cost?

  • What is the Emirates business luggage allowance?

  • What food do they serve in Emirates business class?

*Article first written/published April 2017. Prices and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.

What makes Emirates business class so special

What on-board extras do you get in Emirates business class?

Well, where do we start? As well as a 78-inch fully reclining seat (but sleeping means you miss all the other business perks, right?), you get your own 23-inch television and entertainment system with more than 2,500 channels showing TV series and movies, your own personal minibar, power sockets, a Bvlgari Emirates Indulgence kit, comfortable bedding (including an actual quilt on some flights), free WiFi, and food served on Royal Doulton china plates (more on the five-star food later!).

What’s the access to the Emirates business class lounge?

Your business class ticket gives you automatic access to the Emirates business lounges in Dubai and around the world. The Dubai Emirates business lounge has a Moët and Chandon champagne lounge where you can wash down canapés designed by Michelin-starred chefs or visit the Costa Coffee bar (useful if you want to stay awake to enjoy the on-board perks!). There’s free WiFi in the lounge and a business center if you need access to a computer before you board. On the topic of boarding, there’s direct boarding from the lounges in Concourse A so you needn’t mingle with any of the masses on the way to the plane! Other Emirates lounges can be found in most major transport hubs including London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, New York John F. Kennedy airport and Singapore. You’ll also get access to the lounge if you’re a Gold or Platinum Emirates Skywards member: another good reason to sign up.

How much does an Emirates business class ticket cost?

So, perhaps the most important question; how much does it all cost? It really depends on when and where you’re flying to. If you want to secure an affordable business ticket, avoid flying during peak business times (this includes take-off and landings) and keep an eye out for good deals at times when business passengers aren’t expected to fly (public holidays, for example). Emirates often send out promotional and sale alerts offering good discounts, so sign up for their email alerts. You could also redeem airmiles to upgrade your ticket – this is often the best way of getting value for money when you redeem them. If you really want to experience Emirates business class, get saving!
Read more: How to get a free upgrade on your next flight.

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What is the Emirates business class luggage allowance?

If you’re flying in business class to or from any destination outside the Americas you’re allowed to check 40kg of luggage. This can be split between as many bags as you need as long as no single piece weighs more than 32kg or has a total dimension of more than 300cm (L+W+D).

Flying to/from Canada, North America or South America? the business baggage allowance to or from any of these destinations is up to two bags weighing 32kg each.

What is the Emirates business class hand baggage allowance?

The hand luggage allowance in Emirates business class is also fairly generous; two pieces of carry-on luggage including a handbag or garment bag. The briefcase must be no bigger than 45 x 35 x 20cm and the handbag mustn’t exceed 55 x 38 x 20cm. The weight limit is 7kg for each piece.

Read more about the Emirates baggage allowance rules.

You're entitled to 40kg of checked luggage when you fly Emirates business class

How much does Emirates charge for excess baggage?

The Emirates excess baggage charges are pretty hefty regardless of what class you’re flying so if you think you might go over your Emirates luggage allowance, buy the extra weight in advance. The excess charges range from around Dh711 to Dh3,555 for 5kg to 25kg if you buy it online in advance. If you’re caught out at the airport you’ll have to stump up Dh158 per kilo. Ouch!

What food do they serve in Emirates business class?

When you’re flying in Emirates business class, forget every bite of bland mushroom risotto or under-seasoned scrambled egg you’ve ever tasted on a plane. The menus are different depending on the route you’re flying, but can include anything from clam chowder and sweet potato and celeriac soup, to beef ragout and seafood a l’Armoricaine with lobster. The food is all cooked fresh to order so the experience is more like eating in a five star restaurant than on a plane.

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What about the freebies?

The little bag of in-flight goodies in Emirates Indulgence kits (given on night and long-haul flights) are stuffed with Bvlgari products including perfume and hand cream. There’s even separate bags for men and women: the men get a polyester bag with a real leather trim and the ladies on board have a satin kit.

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