First-Class Travel

by Mark Ellwood


Your jet: Airbus 340-500

Killer app: Frequent flyers won't get bored with the food—the airline prides itself on swapping out new menus more often than the usual three months

Amenity you'll want to steal: The Guy Laroche eye masks

Ultimate itinerary: A jaunt from London to Thailand with designer Olga Polizzi to handpick interior design items for the summer house

Life up front: The treats for Royal First Class passengers start when a butler greets the lucky few curbside and whisks them through check-in, immigration, and security. Then it's time to settle into Thai's new lounge in its Bangkok hub. Its crowning glory is the on-site, stand-alone spa, the Royal Orchid, with rain showers, a sauna, yoga studio, and a dozen or so professional masseuses. A gratis Thai Touch traditional 20-minute massage has got to be the ultimate jet lag–busting treat. The beds onboard stretch out fully flat and are nearly seven feet long. Every passenger gets Guy Laroche sleepwear, slippers, and eye masks, plus Bulgari amenity kits. The only thing no longer available: shark-fin soup, once a jet-set delicacy, which was removed from the menu a few years ago.

Platinum card–smashing price: London to Bangkok from $8,800 round trip

Thai Airways
Tel: 800 426-5204

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