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Etihad: 5%-10% off flights, 25% off all redemptions, new service standards in all classes

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Etihad has three very interesting things going on at the moment which are worth pulling together in one post.

If you are paying cash – 5%-10% off

Etihad has launched a 5%-10% discount promotion for American Express cardholders.  This is a long-term promotion, valid for bookings until 30th April 2015 for travel by 30th June 2015.

The discount is valid in Economy, Business and First Class, on Saver (5%), Value (5%) and Freedom (10%) fares.  This covers most tickets except for those offered during sale periods.

The discount does NOT cover the taxes and charges element of the fare so it will be less than 5% – quite a bit less on an Economy ticket (where APD etc makes up a higher % of the cost) but not far off 10% for a ‘Freedom’ Business or First Class ticket.

You need to book via a special link on the Etihad website which can be found here.

If you are redeeming – 25% off!

(EDIT:  The Etihad website, as was pointed out below, actually says that you get the rebate on flights flown up to 31 December 2015.  This might be a typo by Etihad though, as it is not actually possible to book a redemption flight that far ahead. )

Etihad is also offering a 25% rebate on all Etihad Guest redemptions booked and flown before the end of 2015.  If you are still thinking of getting away for Christmas then this might be an option.

Note that it is a 25% rebate and not a discount, so you need to have the full amount of miles in your account to start with.

You need to book by December 10th and complete your trip by December 31st 2015.

Full details can be found on the Etihad Guest site here.

Etihad service standards

New service standards in all classes

Finally, to coincide with the launch of their A380 service, Etihad has launched service improvements in all classes with immediate effect.

First Class gains a new throw blanket and cushion, new canapés, the introduction of a pre-dessert course and the introduction of signature cognacs.  New tableware from Nikko Japan,  Studio William and Lucaris is also introduced.

In Business Class, longer flights will gain a turndown service, a separate mattress, new loungewear and slippers.

Economy flights benefits from new blankets, a blanket bag which doubles up as a storage bag for your bits and pieces and a new pillow which converts into a neck rest.

If you have an Etihad flight planned and want to know you, further details are here.

Comments (9)

  • Kamil says:

    25% OFF- Redemption flight must be taken before 31st Dec 2015 not 2014.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Kamil. You’re right, I missed that. Is it a typo though? After all, you can only book redemption flights 11 months in advance so it is physically impossible to book for 31 December 2015.

      Etihad has a bad reputation for typos and changing the rules of promos without warning. I will not be cancelling and rebooking the Etihad redemption I made a couple of weeks ago for flying in January as I am not convinced they actually mean December 2015.

  • Aspirational Flyer says:

    I managed to find a first class redemption on Etihad for early February – it sounds like the onboard product is going to be even better than I had originally anticipated! A shame that the new first class lounge won’t be open then, but I’m sure the facilities are still excellent.

  • Rob says:

    I’ve updated the text to make this clear, thanks.

  • James says:

    Etihad has a bad reputation for typos and changing the rules of promos without warning…

    Like changing the qualifying dates of the 20% bonus on Amex and hotel point transfers into Etihad Guest.

    21st October to the 31st November changed mid promotion to 29 October and 31 November 2014.

    “We regret to inform you that the offer was between 29th Oct and 31st Nov 14 and any transactions made outside the offer period do not qualify for 20% bonus miles”

  • flyforfun says:

    Not sure about their fixed head rest thing in Economy. It’s only on one side. I prefer to sleep on my right side, so if I were to travel with them I wonder if I’d have to pick the appropriate seat!!

  • pazza2000 says:

    So i assume the rebate is awarded once the flight has been flown? Here is hoping that my CC sign up 20k+ posts before Dec 31st. 25% off would have just been easier, they have ran this in the past (albeit to select destinations) so I wonder what’s the reason for the change.