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.
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.
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.