Via One Mile at a Time it appears that award space is wide open for two passengers to fly Etihad’s first ‘apartment’ onboard their A380 between New York JFK and Abu Dhabi.
- This is the single most aspirational award product in the sky. The upper deck of the Etihad A380 has just a single aisle. There’s a shower onboard. There’s no product with as much personal space.
You can find the availability yourself on the Etihad Guest website, you are looking for ‘Guest First’ availability. Or just call. But as of now most flights most days have the space open.
American, for instance, charges 90,000 miles each way for first class between the US and Middle East or Indian Subcontinent. That means flying Los Angeles – New York JFK – Abu Dhabi in first class and then Abu Dhabi – Male (Maldives) in business class would be 90,000 miles.
The New York JFK – Abu Dhabi flights are available for First Apartment awards in both directions, most flights, starting December 1 when New York gets the A380.
You need to be careful because there are two Etihad New York – Abu Dhabi flights. Only one is operated by the A380, so be sure to check the aircraft. (The other is operated by the older Jet Airways ‘Jetihad’ 777 which is inferior to the standard Etihad first class product in my opinion.)
This availability will not last. Personally I plan to put a few itineraries on hold using American miles (and indeed ticket them, because as a 100,000 mile flyer I get free redeposits).