Etihad Doubling Number of First Apartment Seats to the U.S.

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A month ago I wrote about outstanding first class award availability on Etihad and walked through the routes between the US and Abu Dhabi that had award space for at least 2 passengers. And then three weeks ago I highlighted outstanding Etihad Airbus A380 First Apartment award availability on the New York JFK – Abu Dhabi route.

Now comes word that Etihad will double the number of First Apartment seats flying to the U.S.. Starting June 1, both daily New York JFK – Abu Dhabi flights will be operated by an Airbus A380. (HT: One Mile at a Time)

The second flight has gone from a Jetihad 777 (decaying first class suites and herringbone buinsess) to a better Etihad 777 and will now go to an Airbus A380.

Etihad operates A380s to London Heathrow, New York JFK, Sydney, Melbourne, and Mumbai.

Wide Open First Apartment Space to New York Planned Far in Advance

Space from the US to Abu Dhabi has been much tougher to get than from Abu Dhabi to the U.S. However for Abu Dhabi to New York JFK those of you who plan out far in advance should have little problem securing Etihad First Apartment award space on route.

There’s good availability for Abu Dhabi – New York JFK before the A380 goes double-daily on the New York route. And there’s good availability on both flights once the second A380 comes online.


Availability and Price for 2 Passengers One Way Using Etihad Guest Miles

Why You Want to Book This

Etihad has the world’s best first class on their Airbus A380 — the First Apartment.

Booking Etihad Awards

Using Etihad Guest miles, you can book on the Etihad website (you don’t even need to log in to search award space).

Using American Airlines miles you’ll need to call (you may need to ring them in Australia for their agents to see the space).

Where to Go With Etihad Award Space

Etihad Guest charges more miles the farther you fly. American AAdvantage uses a region-based award chart. You can fly to Abu Dhabi and Etihad provides a car service anywhere in the UAE.

In fact you can take the complimentary Etihad car to and from Dubai, or the desert on the border of Oman to someplace like Starwood’s Al Maha resort.

You can also connect elsewhere in the Mideast like Egypt, Iran, and Qatar. You can connect to anywhere in the “Indian Subcontinent” which includes countries like Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.


Park Hyatt Maldives

Post-March 22 American now charges 115,000 miles each way between the US and Mideast or India in first class, up from 90,000 miles each way.

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Comments

  1. Always has tempted me, but after the devaluation it is a hell of a lot harder to justify 45,000 extra AA miles for this.

  2. @Cory, you are absolutely right we spent a huge amount of AA Miles (435K pre devaluation) to fly Etihad in F and to say we were disappointed is an understatement. Many Asian and European carriers are much better in business than Etihad F.

    Etihad can double number of F Apartment seats to the US all they want, but until they address their dismal service this is of no consequence to people looking for the F quality & experience.

    See my FT review by clicking my name above!

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