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Amazing business class deal to Asia using Etihad miles on Czech Airlines

Etihad Guest, the frequent flyer programme of Etihad Airways, has a rather eclectic mix of airline partners on which you can redeem your miles.

I wrote about these partners here.  At the time, the sweet spot was a 36,000 miles business class return trip on Brussels Airways to New York.  This flight was virtually unbookable, however, and Etihad has recently increased the mileage required to 88,000 miles.

There is another sweet spot on the Etihad Guest partner reward chart from Europe.

Czech Airlines is an Etihad Guest partner.  Czech Airlines has a grand total of one long haul aircraft which it uses to fly to Seoul, South Korea, four times a week.

This isn’t such a crazy move as you might imagine.  Czech Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, as is Korean Air.  Czech and Korean both fly from Prague to Seoul, depending on the day of the week, and Czech Airlines customers can connect to other Korean Air flights to get to other desinations in Asia.

Czech Airlines A330 business class

The Czech Airlines flight to Seoul is very cheap and bookable.

As you can see on the Etihad Guest website, a one-way flight in Business Class between Prague and Seoul will cost you just 25,610 Etihad Guest miles.

To put this in context, a one-way flight on British Airways between London and Seoul will cost you 75,000 Avios.  This is a huge saving – you also save £238 return on the taxes (£559 vs £321) – which more than compensates the need to route via Prague.  And potentially spending a day in Prague at the start and end of your holiday is not exactly a major hardship …..

Availability is definitely there.  Etihad Guest members appear to have access to the same reward availability as any SkyTeam member airline.  You can also use the KLM website to search for availability.  If you look around Easter / May 2018 there are seats available on most days.

You can only book your flights, in either direction, for a Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday.  These are the days on which Czech Airlines operates the flight – the other Seoul flights are codeshares operated by Korean.

You need to ring Etihad Guest to book.  This will usually divert to a call centre in Manchester and, according to the HFP reader who has just booked this, they know exactly how to make the booking.

The total cost per person of a business class reward flight from Prague to Seoul is 51,220 Etihad Guest miles plus £321 in cash.  This is almost 100,000 miles cheaper than using Avios.  Note that you cannot do ‘cash and points’ redemptions on Etihad – you must have 51,220 miles in your account.

From Seoul, it is easy to get connections elsewhere in Asia.  Our reader is spending a couple of days in Seoul and then getting an Avios redemption on JAL to Tokyo.  You should also be able to pick up connections to Hong Kong (on Cathay) or Kuala Lumpur (on Malaysia) using Avios.

The Czech Airlines seat on its A330 plane is pictured above.  The seat is fully lie-flat with a huge amount of legroom, although the 2 x 2 x 2 seating means that it may be more attractive to couples than solo travellers.  The aircraft is actually an ex-Korean Air one which has been leased to Czech Airlines.

More details on this redemption, and Etihad’s other airline partners, can be found here.

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  1. James says:

    Can AirBerlin TopBonus points be used on this airline and with the same / similar cost ?

  2. Plunet says:

    Although you should be able to book reward flights with MH (for example onto Kuala Lumpur), it seems all their reward availability is zeroed out at the moment, both online and via call centres. It is assumed this is a temporary problem due to their migration to a new reservations system.

    • I wouldn’t hold your breath. They knocked out their online (revenue) booking system for three whole weeks in the run-up to the migration, and seemed to have no interest in fixing it. They’re doing an excellent job of giving the impresson they’re run by incompetents. Let’s hope they’re a bit more on the ball this time.

  3. Chris says:

    Are there likely to be any cash Business Class sales on e.g. Qatar/Cathay/Finnair any time soon? I thought there usually was around a June time.

    • zsalya says:

      Especially as QR currently has some ‘planes not flying to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh etc.

      • I would expect something – ignoring the PR issues, losing connections to Dubai will be costing them long haul connecting traffic.

  4. Gavin says:

    Thanks Rob, that option to Seoul sounds very helpful, will be going back there next year with Mrs Gavin

  5. signol says:

    There’s a big Hyundai factory in Czech which will probably account for the unusual choice of long haul route!

  6. I can confirm that there are good availability. I booked a one way few weeks ago

    • Also, etihad now starts to sell points if you are shirt of few points for redemption. Points come fairly quickly (few days)

  7. Ricci says:

    This article is very welcomed as I was deliberating of what to do with 18,000 Etihad guest points I have originally started collecting for a flight in J to BKK with Etihad.
    I can however top up these points to 27,800 for a return flight to Abu Dhabi – which would be a fantastic deal.

  8. Richard says:

    the article is written as if one Etihad mile is the same as one avios point but they are not the same. The earning rates might be different. Also BA gold card holders earn double avios points on their flights, so avios points have totally different notional values for gold card holders compared to blue card holders.

    “The total cost per person of a business class reward flight from Prague to Seoul is 51,220 Etihad Guest miles plus £321 in cash. This is almost 100,000 miles cheaper than using Avios”

    • HiDeHi says:

      Airmiles in most programs are valued between 1.2c and 1.5c $US by many people. They are usually fairly comparable. Although you are right, all valuations are personal.

  9. Thank you Rob it does look interesting.

    Anyone been in first? Comments on food, service etc would be most appreciated 🙂

  10. Very timely, I’m about to earn my first ever ~26k EY miles through a trip with GA over the next couple of weeks and had previously just been intending to cash them out. Not any more!

  11. Chris says:

    Am I the only one who just can’t get excited by any frequent flyer program thas has an expiry date on all miles earnt?

  12. Nobil says:

    Was lucky to get the Etihad redemption on Brussel Airlines to New York for 36k and £65 in taxes Business Class return to New York now that was a amazing deal I think this has now been increased to 80k plus.This deal is also a good option most probley look to do this later in the year.

  13. Nobil says:

    Hi anyone know when can we be expecting a Etihad sale anytime soon ?