It is a simple promotion aimed at driving advanced bookings:
Book by May 21st
Travel between September 14th and February 29th
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.
Separately, you need to register for Quadruple Miles here.