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Etihad opening up FOUR business class studios on the A380’s ex-London

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My main article today looks at Etihad’s hugely impressive First Class Apartment on its A380 aircraft.

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to try out the Business Class Studio on the same plane.  It is probably the best business class seat in the sky, especially with the excellent on-board bar as well.

You can check out my review of the Etihad A380 business class studio here.

My biggest issue with Etihad has always been their refusal to open up more than two reward seats per flight in First Class or Business Class.  I always assumed that, with the A380 aircraft having 70 studios in them, Etihad would relax its policy.  And now, it seems, it has.

The screenshot below shows four Business Class Studio seats for a random date in February:


If you look at the menu bar you will see that there are also four Studio seats available on most days that week.

You can only find four seats on the A380 departures.  This is very convenient, as it is the flight you want to be on anyway!

Of course, at 270,000 Etihad miles for four people – one way – you will need a substantial Etihad or American Express Membership Rewards balance to book this.

With American Airlines miles, however, you would only need 120,000 AA miles for 4 x one-way tickets to Abu Dhabi.  The taxes would also be lower as AA does not add any fuel surcharge.  This assumes that you book, but not necessarily fly, before the American Airlines devaluation kicks in during March.

Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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 cardsThese are:

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, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Comments (26)

  • Adam says:

    Im rather new to this so apologies if its a simple question. In order to redeem Etihad reward availability through AA, can this only be done via AA call centres or can it also be done on AA online?

  • Alan says:


  • Adam says:

    It’s just a shame that AA is not an AMEX MR partner …

    • Idrive says:

      That’s why we are so happy about the return of the bonus on the SPG card for us lucky elected targetedpeople!i been approved on the spot when i re applied on Sunday. So happy!
      Otherwise try to get AA Mbna as long it exists and if there is a decent bonus

  • Idrive says:

    For a similar price what would you choose? Etihad or Qatar in business to Asia? Also what would be better as a stopover between Abu Dhabi and Doha? Never tried any of them

    • Rob says:

      Etihad A380 business is hugely impressive. It is all down to aircraft type – see who is flying their flagship aircraft on the route you want. If you can’t get Etihad A380 business then I’d put Qatar 787 / A380 / A350 business on a par with Etihad 777 business. Doha and Abu Dhabi are equally dull (compared to Dubai) for a stopover!

      The Qatar mega-lounge at Hamad – indeed the whole of Hamad International Airport – is more interesting than AUH but, again, you will be perfectly happy with either.

  • Lostantipod says:

    I too booked the impressive A380 business studio for my flight next month. Now the flight is on one of the old 777’s, not nearly as impressive, and circumstances are that I can’t change it. Don’t say you weren’t warned ….