I feel like I’ve had the opportunity to review almost all of the world’s best first class products. Last year I even created a list of what I consider to be the world’s six best first class products.
However, for a long time there has been one airline I’ve heard great things about that I really felt I needed to fly. That airline is Garuda Indonesia.
Indonesian aviation has come a long way over the past few decades, from being among the most unsafe markets out there. Garuda Indonesia is perhaps the pride of all the improvements that have been made, as they’re now a Skytrax 5-star airline, and their new 777s look fantastic.
The catch is that there’s no good way to redeem partner miles for Garuda first class (you can only redeem through their own program, which is a Citi ThankYou transfer partner, though redemption rates are expensive). As a result I’ve been monitoring constantly for the best Garuda Indonesia first class fares, and have managed to find some decent values.
I’ve nearly pulled the trigger on booking Garuda Indonesia a few times, though up until now I haven’t.
They’re selling roundtrip first class from London to Jakarta for ~$2,500 including all taxes and fees, which is pretty incredible for a 14 hour flight outbound and a 17 hour flight return.
I was initially just going to book this for travel next year so that I can look forward to it, but then decided I might as well go soon, so I can get this product reviewed as soon as possible.
So in a couple of weeks I’ll be headed to Jakarta on Garuda Indonesia, and I’m very excited about it!
Thanks to you guys for the motivation to get this booked, as so many people had been asking for a review of the product.
After flying Garuda Indonesia first class I think I can make a definitive list of the world’s best first class products.
I’ve heard that Garuda Indonesia has cut back the quality of their first class product a bit, though I’m curious to see firsthand.
Anyone else taking advantage of Garuda’s fantastic first & business class fare sale?