The title of this post may be a little mis-stated, since 99% of all of my vacation trips are “completely unnecessary”. This one, however, took it to a completely different level.

Overview of the trip –

JFK, New York City – DXB, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Emirates A380, First Class


Yes, that is what the first class seat looks like.

If that’s not enough, here’s the onboard bar –


The flight was absolutely amazing. The service impeccable. The experience fabulous.

Dubai was a great place to visit. I won’t go into details of the in country experience. 3 days in country was plenty to see the highlights.

Return flight –

AUH – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – JFK, New York City – Etihad 777, Business Class

A very solid business class product. While the flight was delayed about 90 minutes from scheduled departure time, the ~14 1/2 hour flight was PERFECTLY comfortable. I managed to get probably 7-8 hours of solid sleep, arriving in NYC refreshed and ready to go.