I've read some of the posts where the airline has been discussed but want to learn more. I've done a decent amount of research and I'm close to settling on flying Emirates, for the first time, from JFK to Cape Town, South Africa in August for what I hope will be a very special (and my first) trip to the African continent. I anticipate flying Business Class and have learned more about the SAVER fares, which are pretty good at the moment. I'm looking to buy my tickets after I receive my bonus, which will be in about a month. First Class looks absolutely dreamy but it's too rich for my blood. I'm looking to do a one-day Dubai stop over on the way back to NY to see a bit of the sights. I'm also excited that Emirates is a partner airline for both Jet Blue and Alaska. I'm MVP Gold with Alaska now given that I was Gold with Virgin and flying Emirates this summer would get me close to renewing my MVP Gold status with Alaska for 2018. I should be able to maintain my Mosaic status on Jet Blue with my regular domestic travel, including trips to Vegas. (Yes, I know how to work the FF system!) Thoughts appreciated. I may start a separate thread about safaris. I'm looking to combine a 2 week safari (currently thinking about Micato, which gets great reviews though seems overpriced) with a few days in Cape Town and Jo Burg and/or doing a 2-day "flower safari" along the western coast of South Africa.