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The Etihad First Class ‘Apartments’ onboard the airline’s Airbus A380 aircraft remain one of the most jaw-droppingly brilliant ways to fly. The amount of personal space you get is borderline ridiculous, the food and wine are excellent and the service (in my experience at least) is impeccable. Oh, and there are onboard showers too!
As you would expect, tickets are normally very expensive, but using airline miles can bring the price down dramatically. In fact, by combining the current American Airlines AAdvantage Miles sale with one of AA’s best award chart sweet spots, you can enjoy 10.5 hours of Etihad First Class Apartment luxury for ~£700.
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, you can currently buy American Miles for ~1.36p each in the sale. Etihad is a partner of AA, and you can therefore book Etihad flights using AA Miles.
One of the best value redemptions on the AA award chart is 50,000 miles for one way First Class between the Middle East and Asia 1 regions. Asia 1 includes South Korea, and from 1st July 2019, Etihad will be flying A380 aircraft on the Seoul route – and the A380s have First Class ‘Apartments’.
Buying 50,000 miles at 1.36p each means the total cost for the miles would be £680. Taxes will set you back another £20-25, so the cost would be ~£700 altogether.
The scheduled flight time from Abu Dhabi to Seoul is about 8.5 hours, but in the other direction you would get to enjoy a full 10.5 hours in an Etihad First Class Apartment (and the taxes are slightly cheaper at ~£20 too).
What is availability like?
Availability looks pretty good.
If you’re flexible and booking in advance you should definitely be able to find something suitable – the AA site makes it easy too, by allowing you too search a full month at a time. For years, AA didn’t show Etihad availability online, but it does now:
I even saw a few dates with 2 First seats available!
It is also possible to book Etihad First Class ‘Apartments’ between London/Paris and Abu Dhabi for 62,500 AA Miles each way, which is a good deal in itself and probably more convenient for most readers. The flight times are shorter though and it does require 12,500 more miles.
To get the maximum amount of Apartment time per £1, I don’t think the Abu Dhabi-Seoul route can be beaten!
Do you know any better-value ways to fly in an Etihad First Class ‘Apartment’?