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For the past week Etihad has been running a fantastic global sale with up to 50% off regular prices that was meant to end last night (5 September) but that has been extended to anywhere between 9 and 14 September depending on the departure country.
This is good news for those of us who meant to book one of the sale fares but got distracted and forgot (like me) and means that the spectacular Business Class fares, like Europe – Australia for under $2,000, are still around.
Here are the new sale closing dates together with links to each of the countries offering discounted fares:
Note: if your browser redirects you to your home country you can just change the website to the country of your choice at the very top of the page.
- France – 11 September
- Germany – 9 September
- Greece – 9 September
- Ireland – (sale not extended but some deals still live)
- Italy – 14 September
- Russia – 9 September
- Serbia – 9 September
- Spain – 9 September
- Switzerland – 9 September
- The Netherlands – 9 September
- Turkey – 9 September
- UK – 9 September
- USA – 9 September
At the time of writing not all the Etihad webpages have been updated to show the new sale end dates but the dates I’ve provided above are straight from Etihad so they should be correct.
Travel for the 50% sale can be booked for the period covering 18 September 2016 – 30 June 2017
My Favorite Deals
There are a lot of great deals to be had in the sale but a few are just so good that they deserve a special mention.
It’s not like the dates are hard to find either.
Here’s what’s February availability to Melbourne looks like……
….and here’s what Istanbul to Sydney looks like in March:
And before any cynics think that you have to endure some terrible layovers or fly in less-than-premium aircraft to get these fares let me show you this:
Istanbul to Melbourne flying in the Etihad 787 and A380 and with layovers of well under 3 hours in each direction.
And there are some fantastic deals to other parts of the world too:
Here’s November availability as an example…..
…..and the main long-haul flight is on the 787 Dreamliner (even if the shorter flight is on an A319):
Here’s what availability in May looks like…..
…and here’s the fare priced up on Etihad.com:
Sale Highlights From Other Countries
Business Class Deals
- London to Abu Dhabi – from £1,194
- London to Mumbai – from £1,351
- London to Ho Chi Minh City – from £1,579
- London to Doha – from £1,266
- Manchester to Bangkok – from £1,525
- Manchester to Seychelles – from £1,771
Once again availability isn’t exactly hard to find….like on the London to Abu Dhabi route:
And those are fares for non-stop Business Class flights…..
Business Class Deals
- Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur – from €1,399
- Amsterdam to Mumbai – from €1,179
- Amsterdam to Muscat – from €1,069
Availability looks great for all the routes I checked including to Kuala Lumpur….
…but you wouldn’t be flying in the A380:
Business Class Deals
- Düsseldorf to Phuket – from €1,599
- Düsseldorf to Shanghai – from €1,599
- Frankfurt to Bangkok – from €1,599
- Frankfurt to Hong Kong – from €1,599
- Frankfurt to Phuket – from €1,500
There are more great deals from other countries too but it simply take too much time to list them all out.
I can’t overstate just how good some of these fares are…the Istanbul to Australia fares are the best I’ve ever seen outside of mistake-fares.
Not only area lot of these fares good but the aircraft and the cabins that are on offer are fantastic too – I really can’t speak highly enough of the A380 Business Class product (I loved it so much last year that I’m flying it again in December) and the Dreamliner has the same seats too.
The fares from the UK are worth mentioning again because, for non-stop travel to the Middle East, they’re very good indeed. They’re also a good option for families with kids who want to travel in style but could do without the extra flight changes that are needed to connect to a flight out of continental Europe.
As for me….I’ve got my sights on one of the Istanbul – Australia fares 🙂
p.s Don’t forget you can credit these flights to American Airlines’ AAdvantage program if you’d like to earn some useful redeemable miles (note: you won’t earn Elite Qualifying Miles).