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Fly to Australasia with Etihad from Scandinavia from £1730, valid all year inc Christmas

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Etihad has jumped on the bandwagon of airlines offering aggressive Business Class discounts out of Scandinavia. 

If you have been looking to head to Australia or New Zealand this year, this might work for you.

Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Auckland.

The best departure points seem to be Stockholm or Copenhagen.

Etihad Australia deals

Here’s the good news:

There are few black-out dates.  Amazingly I was even able to find seats over Christmas at these prices although you need to be flexible.

Here’s the bad news:

The routing is not fun.  Typically you will be sent ‘Scandinavia to Western Europe to Abu Dhabi to Australasia’.  And you need to get to Stockholm or Copenhagen in the first place!

For the money, though, this is not bad.

Here is a typical Christmas itinerary:

11th December – Stockholm to Amsterdam (SAS), Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Melbourne

30th December – Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Athens, Athens to Stockholm (SAS)

Total cost in Business Class:  SEK 21308 (£1903)

If you want to go in the UK Summer, it is cheaper:

8th August – Copenhagen to Munich (Lufthansa), Munich to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Perth

21st August – Perth to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Copenhagen (Lufthansa)

Total cost in Business Class:  DKK 19364 (£1731)

The Etihad home page is here.   Look for flights from both Stockholm and Copenhagen to your preferred destination.

Whilst the picture above is an A380, most of these routes are using new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.  These use the same Business Class Studio seat as the A380s and which I reviewed – very positively – here. You can learn more about the Business Class Studio on the Etihad site here. In addition, if you are not already an Etihad Guest member, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency.  This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (September 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:

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.

Comments (12)

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  • Pauk says:

    Auckland is not registering as a destination option on website

  • Ben says:

    Meh. Rather go QR without the extra leg for less.

  • John says:

    The problem with Stockholm in December is that you need to lug your huge coat around the Middle East.

  • Tony says:

    These fares don’t look that great when you consider it’s 4 flights each way, plus the need to ensure you don’t misconnect so you probably need a hotel in an expensive Scandinavian city overnight, too.

    So long as you don’t mind starting at STN, I’m seeing EK on those dates at Christmas for as low as £2450.

    • Ben says:

      Yes but remember you’ll be on EKs awful 2-3-2 777 J product. Honestly, given the regularity of QR sales ex-Scandinavia you’d be crazy not to go with them!

  • Simon says:

    When is the next QR sale due?

  • Harry Hv says:

    Also check prices of SQ out of ARN or OSL to BNE or SYD, a little lower I think and similar or better routings

    • C Cfld says:

      I got SQ flights from ARN to MEL 18/12 – 05/01 with a refuelling stop in Moscow and 1 change in Chiangi for £2250 – flying on their new A950 plane too. Not sure those prices are available now but delighted with the deal I got

  • Davide says:

    I am planning on going to Sydney between 10/15 Dec to the 3 Jan. Does anyone know if it is likely that a sale will come up which includes those dates or if I would just be better to book early? If I am being entirely honest, I am happy to go to about £1700 for a J flight out of Europe but if it is always going to be higher than this then I will happy to do an eco flight for £800-1000 out of London as that way I do not have to mess about with connecting flights.

    • Peter says:

      “I am happy to go to about £1700 for a J flight out of Europe ”
      You will need to get very lucky. I’d watch QF PE from DUB/EU but you’re really asking for it with those dates. You *might* also get something on a Chinese airline.
      In your shoes, I’d book Y and get it out of the way. If you are going to see family or something like that, you won’t even notice.

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