This guy went on the world's most expensive flight, and it looks incredible
In 2007, Singapore Airlines announced a new class of air travel - 'Suites class' - with top-grade cuisine, double beds, and private cabins – all well out of the reach of the average passenger.
While the world's most expensive air travel tickets might normally be reserved for wealthy businessmen and celebrities, travel writer Derek Low decided to cash in years of accumulated frequent flyer miles for a SGD $23,077 (€14,360) ticket – and he documented it for the rest of us.
Low's blog post has become so popular it's broken his website and necessitated a separate copy of his article to be published on Medium.
And it looks incredible.
The 36,000ft height of luxury
To start with, Low checked in at a special lobby, with a staff member to take his luggage for him. Once checked in, he was escorted to the above-first-class lounge - where, greeted by name, he dined on Chicken and Mutton Satay, Baked Boston Lobster with Gruyere, Burger with Foie Gras and Quail Egg, and a smoothie.
After his three-course gourmet meal, Low was escorted - via a private boarding bridge, of course - to his suite on board the Airbus A380.
"'Would you like a glass of Dom Pérignon, sir?' And I replied the only acceptable response to such a question: Yes.'" he wrote.
Apart from the designer pyjamas and other luxury items provided, the coffee on board was Jamaican Blue Mountain - a pricey blend - and, of course, the five-course supper. His flight attendant, he writes, had 19 years of experience with the airline, and had served, among many others, Leonardo DiCarpio and Morgan Freeman.
Supper completed, it was time for bed. But unlike the rest of us, Suites class passengers don't just incline their chair to the annoyance of those behind them.
"In the Suites, you don’t just lie on a seat that has gone flat. Instead, you step aside while the Singapore Airlines flight attendants transform your Suite into a bedroom, with a plush mattress on top of a full-sized bed," Low writes.
"When the adjacent suite is empty, the dividing partition can be brought down to create a double bed."
As Low wrote: 'I don't even know how to express this in words. I probably need a poet to describe how amazing this was.'
The next morning, a two-hour layover in Frankfurt (again, at an exclusive lounge) allowed plenty of time for Low to book his specially-cooked breakfast from a chef on the ground, which would be brought on board for him.
The options he chose? Lobster Thermidor with Buttered Asparagus, low-roasted Vine-ripened tomato, and Saffron rice; and, later, Prime Beef Fillet.
Low's entire Medium post, of which has many more details, is certainly worth your time.
Apart from being a travel writer, Low has also been a student at UC Berkeley, and previously created the Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm - a test to see how much of his student room he could automate with electronics.
You can find out more about Low and his projects on his website.