The world’s ‘most exclusive’ first-class seat gives a real view into the lives of the uber-rich

This high-flyer just gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of Etihad's famous 'The Residence' suite.

by | Published on 23rd Aug 2023

A high-flyer has just revealed what it’s like to travel with one of the world’s most exclusive first-class tickets – Etihad’s The Residence.

Immanuel, who describes himself as a full-time travel hacker, just gave us a detailed tour of his first-class seat on board an Etihad A380. 

And well, the word ‘seat’ doesn’t exactly do it justice.

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This ticket gives you your own little apartment in the air. 

It has a private lounge for two, with its own dining table, and bar. 

And in the words of Immanuel, “wait until you see this enclosed double bedroom”. 

The Belgian, who lives in Australia, then takes us from the lounge to his private bedroom, and it doesn’t disappoint.

It’s a full-size bed, so you don’t have to contort your body into any weird shapes to get comfortable. 

The suite also comes with a private bathroom, which Immanuel takes us through with champagne in hand. 

“And yes, there’s also a shower with 10 minutes of hot water to enjoy,” he says. 

While he doesn’t reveal how much he paid for the ticket, Etihad’s ‘The Residence’ can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $48,000 depending on your route.

Immanuel doesn’t always gate-keep the price of his travel, in fact, his whole TikTok page is dedicated to flight hacks. 

Immanuel has traveled first-class with almost every airline you can imagine, explaining how he got thousands of dollars off the base price. 

“I paid just $437 to fly Qatar Airways first class from London to Doha… a flight usually sold for more than $10,000,” he said. 

“Here’s how you can do the same.”

He said it all came down to miles and points (which isn’t surprising really) but said the miles you choose really matter.


Qatar Airways first class from London to Doha for $437? Yes please! #qatarairways

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He urged people to shop around to find the best deal before buying miles with just any airline.

He used his Qatar Airways flight as an example. 

“While you can use 89,800 Qantas points or 87,000 Asia miles, the better option would be to use 78,000 Velocity frequent flyer points,” he said. 



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