Sometime last week a most intriguing email ended up in my inbox:
Full terms and conditions can be viewed here, but in a nutshell, it offers the chance for you to fly on Etihad first class while paying for business class fares.
The eligible routes:
- ABU DHABI/DUBAI all-in from S$3,418
- PARIS all-in from S$4,538
- MILAN all-in from S$4,778
- MUNICH all-in from S$5,048
- NEW YORK all-in from S$6,258
- WASHINGTON all-in from S$6,378
- LOS ANGELES all-in from S$6,648
I was rather nervous about that repeated ‘from’ in every line, especially there’s no way to search for rates on your own, so I dropped an email to enquire about the rates for flights to Paris or New York.
I asked for quotations flying 8/22 Dec 2018 to Paris and New York. The prices were surprisingly close to the advertised rates, and are also about half of what the first class revenue tickets are going for.
Why Paris and New York? Well, Etihad operates the A380 on the AUH-CDG and AUH-JFK routes, where first class tickets get you into Apartments (pretty much the equivalent of SQ’s Suites). Unfortunately, the Milelion has yet to review Etihad products, but The Point Guy’s review does make it look pretty sweet!
Given that we don’t get many avenues of transferring to Etihad Guest in Singapore (Citi has them as a transfer partner), this offers an additional avenue of access for those of us based here.
I must say that I was rather tempted (as were others in the Milelion team) by the offer, but in the end I decided that I simply don’t have that kind of money to throw around right now.
For the rest of you (especially those of you who were previously eyeing the OCBC Premier (and above) versions of the card that earn 1.6mpd), this might be something worth checking out. You only need to book by 30 April (for travel period up to 31 Dec 2018), so there’s probably some time to apply for that OCBC Voyage card, if you haven’t already yet…