Outstanding Etihad A380 First Apartment Award Availability to the U.S.!

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A week 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.

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. Although things have really loosened up — except on the New York to Abu Dhabi route, and especially except for the New York JFK – Abu Dhabi flight operated by Etihad’s Airbus A380.

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.

As of this writing there’s space for at least 2 award seats on the Etihad Airbus A380 Abu Dhabi – New York JFK on:

  • April: 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25
  • May: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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.

Etihad also operates the Airbus A380 to London, Sydney, Melbourne, and Mumbai.

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.

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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.

Earn points for this:

  • Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express: Earn triple points on direct purchases from US airlines and US hotels, and double points from US restaurants and grocery stores.
  • Citi Prestige Card: Earn 50,000 bonus points after $3000 spend within 3 months; triple points on air and hotel; double points on dining and entertainment. (There’s currently even a 25% bonus for transferring Citibank points to Etihad Guest.)
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®: Earn 60,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 month. (offer expired)

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  1. Why are you referencing April and May availability when it’s July? You really need to check your posts before posting

  2. @Toby – He’s referencing April and May of 2017, hence the comment “for those of you who plan far in advance”

  3. when booking Etihad flights with AA miles, can you fly JFK-LHR-AUH-MLE as one award ticket or will it price out as two? seems the only way to get space on the a380 is out of LHR.

  4. I have no idea why you are pushing this product so much.
    We went through so much to book it from Abu Dhabi to London.
    It was a nightmare with American Airlines. They did not see the space, we called London, then Sydney and they saw the space and the computer was down. Then it went through multiple ticketing agents to be ticketed, they kept finding errors and we were just biting our lips for days and waiting to see if it will ever get ticketed. Then it was finally ticketed and it was my 50th birthday.
    The staff in the lounge were so gossipy. My partner is much younger. The snares and stares just killed us. They were not helpful at all. Since he has a Moroccan passport we were suppose to be given a visa via Etihad. Well, if it is the American Ticket stock, they do not do this. So, we were stock at the airport and in their lounge all night. It is very uncomfortable, even in their brand new First Class lounge, just awful. No comfortable chairs and as matter of fact, not a pillow or a blanket for those stranded all night.
    As matter of fact, they make you feel like a dirt bag. We waited for hours for the visa to be issued but no lock and the Etihad agents in the lounge could have cared less. Then we were wondering about our car service which never happened. There were endless conversations and no one could figure out who to call and why the car service was not reserved and when we got to London we went to the car service desk and also the Etihad desk and eventually did not get the car service.
    By the way, this was the second time we had such drama and did not get the car service.
    The service sucked! The Hungarian Butler was a rude abrupt dude who kept stumping when he walked and he was very disrespectful. The British Chef was impatient and he got our meal orders wrong.
    I never got my appetizer and my partner never got his Salmon special meal and we were told that they were out of Sea bass for the first meal and he lied to us about the lounge saying it was full. There was only one person sitting there.
    It was a waste of miles and for those people thinking that this is going to be a life altering experience please think twice before wasting your miles.

  5. I kinda agree with Alan Louganis..I flew in Business last month from BOM-AUH, and it was the worst Etihad flight. We were a party of 5 and for some reason a Seafood meal was attached to my reservation. The head purser refused to budge and practically said take it or leave it until I advised her I dont eat seafood and then too she said she will see what she can do. Meanwhile another attendant came by and said there are plenty of meals, which do you want from the menu? Later she came back and said I am sorry I dont have any extra meals and was surprised the other attendant already had a meal for me. During the flight, they were not around and service was sub par.
    Its a hit and miss with the crew you get. Last year, I flew in business, YYZ-AUH and the crew was fantastic, on the way back AUH-YYZ, the crew was slacking and never around and took forever to come when you press the call attendant button.

    Also my family travelled YYZ-AUH-YYZ last month and it was such a nightmare getting the chauffeur sorted out- it took literally 20+ calls as I wanted to get 1 SUV, instead of 3 cars.

    EY has a great hard product no doubt, but the crew can make or break your travel experience.
    It feels such a let down to spend so much points in premium cabins and then not get what you see and hear EY promoting in their videos and promos.

  6. Harshing on Gary for posting glowing reviews seems pointless. It’s a review, not the gospel. On the other hand, I have long wondered how representative are the reviews of prominent bloggers whose identities are well known. Of *course* EY is going to go out of its way to make bloggers and other opinion shapers happy. They’d be idiots not to. This is why restaurant reviews go to such great lengths to remain anonymous — so that they don’t get special treatment. All this means that bloggers’ reviews – particularly insofar as service is concerned – need to be appreciated in context.

  7. I think it’s helpful to actually read what I’ve written. I’ve found the service hit-or-miss in the past although the crews I’ve had on 3 flights working this year between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK have been outstanding. Some people care a great deal about the alcohol choices, Emirates is clearly superior there. What Etihad has that’s unmatched is sheer space and privacy (along with the ability to sleep next to your traveling companion in certain seats). Oh, and there’s a shower onboard. It’s not as awesome a shower as Emirates, but it’s the only other airline/aircraft that offers this in commercial service.

    As a general matter I do not think airline crew have treated me differently/better even if an airline’s PR team would have wanted me too and 99% of the time they have no idea who I am in advance anyway. Remember that I’m booking award tickets out of partner airline miles so it’s not even like if they had my frequent flyer account flagged in their own system it would help.

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