Up To 50% Off Etihad Business Class Fares From Hong Kong

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Etihad has opened up a Business and Economy Class sale for departures from Hong Kong for travel between 15 September 2016 and 31 May 2017.  The airline is calling this a “50% off sale” but it’s worth noting that the discounts are actually up to 50% off…so don’t expect massive savings on all Etihad fares from Hong Kong.

Fares in this promotion need to be booked by 31 July 2016.

Etihad Business Class Deals From Hong Kong

The full list of discounted fares Etihad is advertising is here but I’ve picked out the ones that I suspect will be of  most interest (i.e the better value deals) below:

  • Berlin from HK$16,616 (US$2,142)
  • London from HK$18,046 (US$2,326)
  • Madrid from HK$15,500 (US$1,998)
  • Manchester from HK$17,786 (US$2,293)
  • Milan from HK$16,035 (US$2,067)
  • Munich from HK$15,365 (US$1,980)

In addition to the above I also found the following fares using ITA Matrix:

  • Brussels – HK$14,940 (US$1,926)
  • Vienna – HK$16,243 (US$2,094)
  • Düsseldorf – HK$15,266 (US$1,968)
  • Venice – HK$15,444 (US$1,991)

There may be more as I haven’t checked every Etihad European destination .

While these fares aren’t earth-shatteringly fantastic, they’re also not bad at all as these things are relative.

In my experience fares from Hong Kong aren’t all that cheap so, while these fares may not look that special compared to some fares I sometimes find out of Europe, these are decent enough deals from Hong Kong…especially on an airline I rate as highly as Etihad.

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Etihad Airbus A330-200

The one flight that all of these fares have in common is the Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi sector which is operated by Etihad’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft so that’s the aircraft I’ll concentrate on.

For the sectors from Abu Dhabi into Europe the airline flys a whole host of different aircraft from narrow-body A320s to the fantastic Airbus A380 so, if you’re thinking of booking one of these fares, do your research so you know what aircraft and cabin layout to expect.

The Etihad Airbus A330-200 only has two cabins – there’s no First Class – and there are only 22 Business Class seats on each flight.

etihad-a330-200-business-class-eseat-mapEtihad A330-200 Business Class seat map courtesy of SeatGuru

While the A330-200 does not feature the fantastic Etihad “Business Studio” which the airline has installed in its A380 and 787 fleets (reviewed here) it still has a great product with fully-flat beds offering all-aisle-access at every seat (Etihad actually guarantees all aisle access on all its long-haul flights).

etihad-business-class-a330Etihad Business Class – A330-200

Whenever you see a staggered seat layout as you’ll find on Etihad’s A330-200s (as well as most of its other long-haul aircraft) you should bear in mind that some seats are considerably better than others.

These would be my suggestions on the A330-200:

  • Solo Flyers should go for the single seats in odd-numbered rows. These seats are the most private and do not open up on to the aisle like the seat in the picture above (that a seat in an even-numbered row).
  • Couples who enjoy each other’s company should choose the centre two seats in the odd-numbered rows. These seats are closest together and are more protected from the aisle (and therefore more private) than the seats in even-numbered rows.

Bottom Line

I confess to being a bit of an Etihad fan after my experiences in the Business Class cabins last year and, while I haven’t flown in the A330-200, I’m pretty sure that the product and the onboard service will be excellent – the airline understands what the word “premium” means and that makes a big difference.

If you’re traveling from Hong Kong you may be used to the likes of Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific and I’d put Etihad’s product right up there with both (and ahead of some of Cathay’s older cabins).

If you’re looking to fly to one of the more expensive European destinations (in this example London would come into that category) and if you’re not pressed for time, I’d consider flying to one of the cheaper destinations (Brussels) and catching a cheap short-haul economy class flight to your final destination – that could save a few hundred dollars.