If it's something you really want to do then my advise would be do it now and not wait until you're at the airport. I've flown UK to Dubai and caught connections to the Far East several times and business class has been full. On one occasion when I was not feeling too good I asked at check in if I could upgrade and they said it was full which was confirmed when I walked on the plane. All business class seats gone.
I don't think £2k is too expensive compared to when we looked into it.
"my question is would it be be cheaper or more expensive to do this at the airport?" - Impossible to answer even if there is availability as it will depend on how many empty seats are in business class.
Even if there empty seats the airline is not going to upgrade at little cost as this devalues the premium cabin - I personally think £1,000 per person is not a bad price for upgrading to business class as it's not unusual for business class fares to be 3 or 4 x economy fares.
You could do a dummy booking to see what price Emirates are currently charging on your route/dates for economy and business class tickets which will tell you whether £2,000 is a bargain or not.
Agree with Daisy, business class can be full. My last flight with Emirates the business class was overbooked. If its two of you and 1,000 pounds each, then does not seem to bad to me.
Thanks for your replies, like you all have said I think we need to decide if its something we really want and if it is then book it now rather than wait as we will probably be disappointed from your experiences with business class being full. Thanks again
Another point to bear in mind is that flying business class can spoil you for future flights - if you've never flown in business then you don't know what you missed but once you done it then it makes going back to economy so much worse.
Good point TomC97 that does worry us slightly
Oh go on be a devil. Splashout and enjoy.
Yeah i would do it you only live once and Business is on another planet compared to economy, I think you'll regret it if you don't book.
Having just checked my emails I have just had one from Emirates and the upgrade says it's from £1599 pp to Dubai from UK on a special offer rate. If I do a dummy booking for Feb 14 it's £2k minimum and £2500 pp at the weekend. If you've been offered £2k get it booked.
<<Another point to bear in mind is that flying business class can spoil you for future flights - if you've never flown in business then you don't know what you missed but once you done it then it makes going back to economy so much worse.>>
Can't but agree with you Tom! We flew BC from Glasgow to Auckland but then had to fly economy from Auckland to Melbourne and it wasn't fun! Indeed on the return to NZ, we paid £80 to upgrade to PE which was much more bearable!