Guy Cashes In His Frequent-Flyer Miles For $18K Ticket On A Bonkers Luxury Airline

Cramped seats, crying babies, and air pressure-induced headaches all sound like steps in a three-pronged medieval torture device, but nope: they’re actually just the perks of flying coach! That’s why some airlines offer some out-of-this-world luxury options—for a fee, of course.

One airline, however, offers something the soars above all others. A ticket on this particular jet would cost a few months’ paychecks for the average person—$18,400—but that didn’t stop one travel blogger from trying out the experience. With his trusty camera, he boarded a flight and recorded the entire decadent experience. But was it worth the hefty price tag?

When travel blogger Derek Low learned that Singapore Airlines was offering a new luxury flight option called Suites Class, he just knew he had to write about it. From the start, his trip was on a completely different level. Even the check-in area was leaps and bounds above the standard lines…

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Once through the glass doors, Derek found himself inside a lobby that “looks like a hotel,” as he put it. There were no confused tourists tripping over each others’ cumbersome carry-ons; just bellhops and an eager concierge waiting to handle all his baggage.

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After checking in with the front desk, Derek held up his $18,400 Suites ticket. Soon, he’d be boarding a plane going from the Philippines to New York City, and he’d be doing it in envy-inducing comfort. Really.

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Along with his ticket, Derek received a pass to the Private Room, which was exactly what it sounded like. See, treating him to a private check-in wasn’t enough—with a Suites ticket, he earned access to the most luxurious waiting room, too.

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An attendant quickly walked Derek through the business section waiting area “seemingly afraid that I would be disgusted by the presence of the working class,” he mused. Eventually, it was time to head inside…

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The staff inside the Private Room already seemed to know Derek—they greeted him by name. Finally, they set him loose in a waiting area that positively blew any typical Starbucks-laden airline terminal out of the water.

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The terminal wasn’t filled with overpriced fast food franchises, either. Instead, the dining room offered baked lobster, USDA Prime beef burgers, and Champagne. After Derek feasted on everything on the menu, it was time to board.

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Derek, along with the other Suites passengers, boarded the plane through an entrance separate from those in coach. Inside the cabin, actual suites flanked the carpeted corridor that awaited these lucky—and rich—travelers.

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Derek’s suite was in the middle row, which actually offered some additional luxury. In these rooms, Derek could remove the center partition, giving him two connected suites! The flight hadn’t even taken off, and yet there were even more surprises in store.

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Forget about a complimentary soft drink or pricey can of light beer. In the Singapore Airlines Suites, Derek received hand-poured flutes of Champagne—Dom Pérignon Champagne, to be exact.

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And how about a little light reading? If the Suites clientele wasn’t obvious before, the newspapers on board the Airbus A380 were a dead giveaway. These were no airport thrillers (unless you find big business thrilling). And this was still all before takeoff!

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Finally, it came time to take to the skies and begin the journey to New York City. Without an annoying tray table to put in the upright and locked position, Derek buckled up in style and toasted his Dom Pérignon.

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In case the sound of rumbling plane engines seemed grating, the airline also supplied Derek with a complimentary pair of Bose headphones to cancel out that unwanted noise. He never had to worry about cheap earbuds falling out every five seconds!

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Also provided were half a dozen luxuries you’d expect to find in a rich guy’s bathroom before an airplane: a Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kit, as well as Givenchy slippers, blankets, pajamas, and pillows.

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The flight reached its cruising altitude at about 1 a.m., but Derek was neck-deep in luxury and didn’t want to sleep just yet. He ordered coffee from a menu featuring brews that sold for $120 per pound of beans.

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The Chief Steward onboard the flight, a fellow named Zaf, brought out Derek’s picture-perfect Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee with some nuts you won’t find in a brightly-colored crinkled bag. Then, Derek kicked back, ready to relax—and boy did he!

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In the Singapore Airlines Suites, he wasn’t forced to watch a tiny TV buried in the back of the seat in front of him. No, Derek enjoyed a sizable flatscreen, a leather chair to watch it from, and even an ottoman for his feet!

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After his movie, it was dinner time. “Having stuffed myself with three entrées back in the lounge,” Derek wrote on his blog, “I wasn’t particularly hungry, so I settled for a five-course supper” that included foie gras. Talk about fine dining!

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Of course, what airline meal would be complete without vanilla bavarois with raspberry coulis for dessert? Most five-star restaurants don’t even serve stuff this good! Truly, this flight offered all the luxury its price tag promised… and then some.

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After dessert, Zaf took Derek on a brief tour of the plane. They walked up a staircase to the business class section and eventually down a spiral staircase to coach. You know, where all the crying babies were hanging out. Derek returned quickly to the Suites.

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When he returned to his cabin, the lights were turned down, which was the airline’s polite way of saying now go to sleep. But in Suites, you didn’t just kick back in a leather chair for some upright shuteye. Oh, no…

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A Singapore Airlines flight attendant transformed Derek’s room into a bedroom by doing a little folding and flipping. The attendant brought a bed from the wall unit and topped it with a padded mattress!

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Remember how Derek had two rooms right next to each other? This is where it came in handy. Now with two beds side-by-side, Derek could really sprawl out like he owned the place—all while 35,000 feet in the sky!

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Clearly, it was a decent-sized space (and for $18,000, it’d better be!). With two televisions, blackout curtains, and enough leg space to spread out, these suites looked more comfortable than your average hotel room.

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If Derek had been sharing the room with a traveling partner, they would have each been able to watch something different on TV without disturbing one another. Still, these rooms offered even more tricks and surprises!

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Located in the suite were bright red buttons that, truthfully, seemed a bit ominous at first. Really, they just allowed Derek to adjust the settings of his room. The “do not disturb” button allowed for privacy, which came in handy. With an $18,000 plane ticket, pants were optional.

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The entire Suites section shared a bathroom, which provided the space of about 15 coach-sized bathrooms combined. Unfortunately, the toilet still made a spooky flushing noise like it was trying to pull the user out of the sky. Sorry.

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After a good night’s rest, Derek was hungry again, so he grabbed a complimentary Toblerone candy bar and started chowing down on that sweet Swiss chocolate. Forget airline peanuts—this was the real deal!

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The plane had a two-hour layover in Germany, where Derek was treated to a luxury spa treatment, and then took off for New York again. Once in the sky, Derek did what he did best: ate more luxurious food. This time, it was Lobster Thermidor.

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Of course, as was the usual on Derek’s journey, one course simply wasn’t enough. He enjoyed a dessert, though he couldn’t specify exactly what it was before he gobbled it all up. The photos sure made it look tasty, though!

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Later, when it came time for a midday snooze, Derek didn’t want to trouble the crew with preparing his full bed again, so he put up the partition. His flight was nearly over, after all.

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The single bed may not have had the space of the double bed, but you could get a good rest on it all the same. By the end of the flight, Derek had grown so accustomed to his life of pampered luxury and gourmet meals, he didn’t want to leave the plane!

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Check out all of Derek’s travels on his blog. For $18,400, you’d expect every luxury you could imagine to be waiting for you aboard the plane. Derek’s experience sure makes you want to book a flight, huh?

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