I’ve just confirmed as of this writing that the deal is still working. You won’t find it using the ITA Matrix, but search Kayak or Google Flights, purchase on sites like Priceline. (Orbitz may show a higher fare initially, but if you’ve found the lower fare on Google Flights it should show a price drop when you click through to the itinerary.) Booking through US Online Travel Agencies should give you 24 hours to cancel.
Etihad has some holiday specials for you folks in New York / Dallas / Chicago / Washington D.C. / Los Angeles / San Francisco to the Middle East, India and Africa. We did some primarily checks for the following:
Johannesburg [JNB] – Under $700 from San Francisco
Mumbai [BOM] – Under $600 from San Francisco
Abu Dhahi [AUH] – $187 – $465 for all the listed cities.
Seychelles [SEZ] $588 from JFK [2/11 – 18]
We did a bunch of dates in February and availability was easy to find. …
Update 12/25/2014 @ 1:00AM Eastern – Availability so far: Late January – May, September – November. Stick to Monday – Thursday departures for best price.
Update 12/25/2015 @ 2:05AM Eastern – Availability to cities like Hong Kong, Manila etc per the comments starting around $270 from New York. Availability for Hong Kong seems to be available in the Fall. We did not find anything in the Spring.
While Etihad is an American AAdvantage partner, flights between the US and Abu Dhabi won’t earn miles from this (although flights beyond Abu Dhabi will) and Etihad flying never earns elite qualifying miles.
Many cities available weekdays between January and May and between September and November.
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