Etihad has launched a very attractive business class sale which runs until next Monday.
It is almost in the Qatar Airways league – although Etihad tickets don’t earn British Airways Avios or tier points – and there are some excellent deals to be had.
Unless I state otherwise, the prices I quote below require you to use promotional code T0U10ZW when booking. Prices will be roughly 5% higher otherwise.
Possibly the best Australia deal ever?
The highlight is a fare of $1,782 (£1,275) from Istanbul to Sydney. It also works to Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Gold Coast.
If you don’t want to go via Turkey, there is a fare of €1,768 (£1,430) from Dusseldorf. This works for Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Gold Coast but not Sydney.
You must book by Monday 11th April and travel before 12th December. The maximum stay is one month but that will not be a problem for most.
£1,275 return for a Business Class ticket to Australia is exceptional. What is even better is that, from both Istanbul and Dusseldorf, this route is rostered on some flights as a Boeing 787 and an Airbus A380.
This means that you will get the Business Class Studio unless Etihad switches planes on you. I reviewed the Business Class Studio here and I genuinely believe that it is the best business class product on the market. And you can fly it all the way to Australia for £1,275 ….
What other deals are available?
I have shamelessly lifted a few other good examples from Flyertalk – these prices exclude the extra discount you get with code T0U10ZW if it is accepted for your travel dates:
Milan to Singapore for €1107 (£900)
Milan to Bangkok for €1210 (£979)
Dusseldorf to Manila for €1406 (£1,138)
Milan to Hong Kong for €1394 (£1,128)
The list of Milan deals is here although it is also worth trying other destinations not featured.
And good UK deals too
There are some good deals out of the UK too, especially from Manchester and Edinburgh.
Click here to see the business class deals from the UK (the list is below the booking box).
I particularly liked (although you can beat these deals if you start outside the UK, but you might not want the trouble):
London to Abu Dhabi for £1,141
Manchester to Mumbai for £1,242
Edinburgh to Bangkok for £1,559
The Maldives for £1,578 is available from all three airports
The only ‘snag’ with all of these fares is that you do not receive Etihad’s free chauffeur service. That is a small price to pay for bargains like these, however.
I will look at where to credit these Etihad fares in another article in a few days. Remember that Etihad allows you to redeem your Etihad Guest miles for cash via PointsPay at roughly 0.45p per mile so you could simply credit to Etihad and cash out for another saving off your flight.
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In all cases, you need to book here at etihad.com and don’t forget to use promotional code T0U10ZW for an extra discount.