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Etihad 4-day sale – Australia for £1,600 in Business ex-Europe …. and more

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Etihad Airways has launched a 96 Hour Early Bird Sale.  Since it actually launched yesterday, it is now a 72 Hour Early Bird Sale, ending on May 21st.

It is a simple promotion aimed at driving advanced bookings:

Book by May 21st

Travel between September 14th and February 29th

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From the UK, the prices are OK but not life changing.  In Business Class, Dubai is £1715, Bangkok is £1776, Mumbai is £1409.

You get more interesting results looking further afield.  Let’s take Sydney.

Athens to Sydney is pricing at £1600 (€2,212) in Business Class in November.  Even more impressively, that books you onto the A380 on the Abu Dhabi to Sydney section which means you will be in the new Business Class Studio which I reviewed here.

Other routes are not as good.  Dublin to Sydney is €3,100, for example – still a very good price but £600 more than starting in Athens.  Athens to Bangkok is €1721 which, whilst cheap, is not as good as the recent £800 Qatar fares from Denmark.

Cape Town from Athens at €1690 – for their Summer season – looks a good deal.  That would involve four planes though, including the connection from the UK to Athens, which might be getting a bit silly.

This sale will combine with the ‘400% miles in Business Class’ offer currently running, which means that you would end up with a huge amount of Etihad Guest miles as well – AT LEAST enough for a First Class return flight to Abu Dhabi.

Details of the 96 Hour Sale deals can be found here.   If you are interested in booking long-haul travel for the Winter, it might be worth spending 15 minutes playing around with random departure points.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (May 2022)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Etihad Guest miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).

Comments (9)

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  • Adam says:

    Is ATH-SYD on a regional J product? Matrix suggesting A321. I’m getting better prices for DUB-SYD/SYD-ATH than ATH-SYD/SYD-ATH.

    • Mark says:

      I can imagine ATH-AUH might be an A321, but definitely not the AUH-SYD leg!

  • Werner says:

    You say that going to Cape Town via Athens might be getting a bit silly, because it involves 4 planes – but isn’t this true of any ex-Europe departure???

    • Rob says:

      Not 4 planes each way! The other thing with Cape Town is that it is the perfect flight to do non stop – leave work, go to Heathrow, get on plane at 9pm, wake up in Cape Town with minimal time difference.

  • darrenf says:

    Seeing the £1600 price for ATH-SYD return in February too, though AUH-SYD is often operated by Virgin Australia.

    • darrenf says:

      Actually, I’m now seeing flights on Etihad metal but Virgin Australia marketed as low as £1328. Obviously no good for the quadruple miles promotion, but a great price for flying Etihad!

  • Stuart says:

    Thanks for this. I just booked 2 return tickets in Business for £1,600 each ex Athens to Sydney in November. A321 to AUH, A380 from AUH to Sydney.

    • Rob says:

      Nice. You’re going to love it (well, perhaps not the A321 but certainly the rest).

  • chris says:

    Very grateful for this – I have booked the business cabin Athens Oz – really great rate – only matched by the BA Business one about 4 years ago that was from Libya to Oz – (try getting the visa for that!). Anyway best wishes

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