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Etihad is bringing the Business Class Studio seat to Manchester

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In an encouraging boost for the region, Etihad is swapping its morning departure from Manchester to a Boeing 787.  This is the first time that Etihad has operated a 787 from the UK.

This means that Manchester customers will be able to experience the hugely impressive Business Class Studio for the first time.  It is one of the top 2-3 business class products on the market – you can read my review of the A380 version here.

Etihad Business Class Studio Manchester

The evening flight from Manchester will remain as a Boeing 777 with a more traditional lie-flat seat.  However, from 31st March 2019 there will be a switch with the 787 moving to the evening departure from Manchester.

The Boeing 787 arrives on 1st November and the flights are already showing online at

You can find out more about the Business Class Studio on the Etihad site here. If you are not already an Etihad Guest member, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 (97)

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  • Roy Ducker says:

    Etihad were flying there 787-9’s into Manchester last year because we returned from Abu Dhabi on 1 in January 2017.

  • Craig says:

    OT: Just transferred from HSBC WE to BAEC and received the 25% bonus. There was no mention of it on the site and I hadn’t received any emails mentioning it, the only place I had seen it mentioned was here.

    • Andrew M says:

      Good to know. I’m still waiting for my test transfer of 2000 HSBC points to arrive with BAEC.

  • fbrj says:

    O/T – I’m sure this has been asked before but (until forthcoming new search facility) it just takes too long to trawl through 100s of comments – so apologies!

    I hold Amex Plat and BAPP. Can I self refer for SPG and collect both bonus and referral points?

  • Walty says:

    OT –

    I have 1 reward night to use by Feb 18th 2019. If I was to make a paid stay via, does my reward night date get extended or will it always remain with this expiry?

    • Rob says:

      I THOUGHT it rolled over as long as you’d made a paid stay in the last 12 months but don’t quote me on that ….

      • Genghis says:

        Indeed they get extended to a year from your last paid stay check out date. I’ve got loads of them to use up

        • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

          I thought redemptions also extended expiry but I might be getting confused with IHG

    • Mark says:

      It is a bit ambiguous – my account says:
      “Book and stay by xxx to keep your collected nights and any reward nights you haven’t redeemed. (You have 12 months from the last date you collected or redeemed nights).”
      “As long as you **book and stay** within 12 months of your last completed booking, your nights won’t expire”
      Which implies you will be OK. But best ask them directly…
      BTW you can part-pay for a pricier booking, but don’t get change for a cheaper one, which I assume why you asked…

  • AndyGWP says:

    “PS. Apparently this person was there as well, not that I would know …..”
    You’re not the only one to be clueless… (I had to look at what you’d called the image filename and Google her!)

  • Vivian says:

    Any idea when the IHG Accelerate promotion for Sept-Dec stays will be announced? Last year it was announced around this time of the month.

  • CountryKerry says:

    Has anybody had issues with Curve payments not appearing fully on the underlying card? I’ve noticed they appear as pending on the underlying credit card, but invariable drop off after a few days as if I’m not charged. We’re talking about nearly £1.5k now over the last month and a bit! The merchant says they’ve got the money; Curve says they’ve got it from the underlying card; but the underlying card doesn’t show it on the statement. It’s tricky to budget for if it goes on much longer!

    • Alan says:

      Been mentioned a few times. Surely not that difficult to budget for my just keeping the money aside anyway? Interest free loan for you until they sort it!

    • mark e says:

      I too have been having issues with Curve payments appearing on my Creation IHG card and then dropping off. Nothing much has been successfully charged since July 25th

      • Alex Sm says:

        #MeToo – but do they appear on the actual card statement?

      • Mark says:

        Well mine seems fine. I certainly hope there will be no problem with Curve and IHG cards. I have had enough IHG points for Spire status already, plus the free night of course.

        • Alex Sm says:

          Unfortiunately, transactions went through to IHG Creation card despite not displaying on Curve….

    • KevMc says:

      I got a response from Curve CS about this today:

      Thanks for bearing with us.

      We’ve investigated this with our payment processing partners and can confirm that there was an issue which prevented some transactions from being settled on your underlying card. This meant that transactions were incorrectly reversed after 7 days.

      We can confirm that transactions will be reconciled in the coming days. In cases where you can see a reversal on your statement, you will see that a replacement charge will be sent through. Rest assured that you will only be charged once for affected transactions.

      We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
      Best wishes,
      Team Curve

      • CountryKerry says:

        Thanks a lot for sharing this. Will be interesting to see!


      • Mark E says:

        After making a similar query with Curve I have also had that reply

    • Mr Dee says:

      Curve issues, sometimes they don’t charge the underlying card for over a week…

  • Alex Sm says:

    Already pencilled a bday celebration for a friend at this wUnderful pUb next week

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