Etihad has launched a very attractive business class sale which runs until next Monday.
It is almost in the Qatar Airways league – although Etihad tickets don’t earn British Airways Avios or tier points – and there are some excellent deals to be had.
Unless I state otherwise, the prices I quote below require you to use promotional code T0U10ZW when booking. Prices will be roughly 5% higher otherwise.
Possibly the best Australia deal ever?
The highlight is a fare of $1,782 (£1,275) from Istanbul to Sydney. It also works to Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Gold Coast.
If you don’t want to go via Turkey, there is a fare of €1,768 (£1,430) from Dusseldorf. This works for Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Gold Coast but not Sydney.
You must book by Monday 11th April and travel before 12th December. The maximum stay is one month but that will not be a problem for most.
£1,275 return for a Business Class ticket to Australia is exceptional. What is even better is that, from both Istanbul and Dusseldorf, this route is rostered on some flights as a Boeing 787 and an Airbus A380.
This means that you will get the Business Class Studio unless Etihad switches planes on you. I reviewed the Business Class Studio here and I genuinely believe that it is the best business class product on the market. And you can fly it all the way to Australia for £1,275 ….
What other deals are available?
I have shamelessly lifted a few other good examples from Flyertalk – these prices exclude the extra discount you get with code T0U10ZW if it is accepted for your travel dates:
Milan to Singapore for €1107 (£900)
Milan to Bangkok for €1210 (£979)
Dusseldorf to Manila for €1406 (£1,138)
Milan to Hong Kong for €1394 (£1,128)
The list of Milan deals is here although it is also worth trying other destinations not featured.
And good UK deals too
There are some good deals out of the UK too, especially from Manchester and Edinburgh.
Click here to see the business class deals from the UK (the list is below the booking box).
I particularly liked (although you can beat these deals if you start outside the UK, but you might not want the trouble):
London to Abu Dhabi for £1,141
Manchester to Mumbai for £1,242
Edinburgh to Bangkok for £1,559
The Maldives for £1,578 is available from all three airports
The only ‘snag’ with all of these fares is that you do not receive Etihad’s free chauffeur service. That is a small price to pay for bargains like these, however.
I will look at where to credit these Etihad fares in another article in a few days. Remember that Etihad allows you to redeem your Etihad Guest miles for cash via PointsPay at roughly 0.45p per mile so you could simply credit to Etihad and cash out for another saving off your flight.
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In all cases, you need to book here at etihad.com and don’t forget to use promotional code T0U10ZW for an extra discount.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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.
Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with four free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 10,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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.