Great deal: Etihad Airways Business Class fares to Europe from S$1,391

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Book incredible Business Class fares to Europe with Etihad Airways by 19 Sep 2021, with travel till 15 Mar 2022. Note the SHN, however.

Etihad Airways has launched some incredible Business Class fare deals between Singapore and Europe, with prices so low I’d swear they were errors if not for the fact they’re listed in black and white.

For perspective, these fares are even lower than what Turkish Airlines was offering in July, which was already a pretty great deal. 

The catch is that based on current border restrictions, you’ll need to serve a 14-day SHN on return to Singapore. It’s a fluid situation, obviously, and subject to change in the future. 

Etihad Business Class fare deals

Etihad Airways Business Class

The following Business Class fares can now be booked till 19 September 2021, with outbound travel by 15 March 2022. 

Destination Round-trip Business Class
Vienna S$1,391
Milan S$1,417
Brussels S$1,490
Amsterdam S$1,499
Munich S$1,520
Rome S$1,564
Frankfurt S$1,773

I don’t need to tell you these are sensational deals, close to what you might see for Economy Class in the pre-COVID days. You can save maybe S$30-50 more by booking through a third-party OTA, but there’s no reason to get greedy. If push comes to shove, it’s easier to deal with Etihad than an OTA. 

These fares book into the ‘Z’ bucket, which earns 115% mileage accrual with Etihad Guest. You could also credit them to programs like ANA Mileage Club or Asiana Club, but these are unlikely to be of interest to Singapore-based readers. 

As part of its global flexibility policy, Etihad is allowing the following:

  • Cancel the ticket and receive a full travel credit valid for 2 years
  • Free change of dates and destinations before 31 May 2022 (fare differences apply)

You will be entitled to a refund in cash in the following scenarios:

  • Any Etihad Airways flight on your ticket has been cancelled and you purchased your ticket directly with Etihad Airways or a travel agency in Australia, Canada or the USA, or your ticket originates in the European Union (including Switzerland and the UK).
  • Your ticket has an original travel date on or after 1 October 2020 and a flight on your booking has been cancelled.
  • You have received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result (you must present your test result in line with country regulations). You can request a refund between 96 and 24 hours before your flight departure time. 
  • Travel is restricted by government regulations and you are unable to travel. You can request a refund a maximum of 14 days before your flight departure

The catch: 14-day SHN in a hotel

While these fares are great, there’s one important caveat to highlight. Since Etihad flights transit in Abu Dhabi, travellers will be liable to serve a 14-day SHN in a dedicated facility (i.e. hotel) upon return to Singapore. 

As a reminder, Singapore has adopted a four-category border restriction system, with different SHN durations and testing regimes for each. 

🛂Singapore Border Restriction by Category
  Cat. I Cat. II Cat. III Cat. IV VTL
Short-term visitors
Application required ATP Details on ICA website VTP
Pre-departure PCR test
48h

48h

48h

48h
On-arrival PCR test
SHN
7 days

14 days

14 days
ART during SHN N/A
Day 3, 7, 11

Day 3, 7, 11
N/A
Post-SHN PCR test N/A
Day 7

Day 14

Day 14
No SHN. PCR test on Day 3, 7
Cat I: Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan
Cat II: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea
Cat III: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland
Cat IV: All other countries/regions
VTL: Germany, Brunei

The relevant restrictions depend on your 21-day travel history, with the rules of strictest country applying. For example: if I were to fly with Etihad from Singapore to Munich via Abu Dhabi, I’d fall under Cat. IV rules, notwithstanding the fact that Germany is a Cat. II country. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t legally enter Abu Dhabi during transit.

Of course, border restriction categories are not static. There’s always a possibility that the UAE gets upgraded in the future, though I’d wager most people wouldn’t consider anything other than a Cat. I/II worth their time. The key question is: do you believe that the UAE will get upgraded by the time March 2022 rolls around? 

So there’s a certainly a gamble involved here. I suppose you could always convert your ticket into Etihad travel credits if things aren’t looking rosy early next year, and buy yourself an extra two years to plan something. 

Conclusion

Photo: Etihad Airways

Etihad’s Business Class fares are mighty tempting, although I don’t think you should expect Singapore to ease border restrictions with the UAE anytime in 2021. The fact that it’s such a big transit hub for flights from all over the world gives it a particularly unique risk profile. 

Anyone biting?

(HT: Suitesmile)

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Brandon Yap

small thing but, 10 days now right?

Fingers crossed

Nope, the shortened 10days quarrantine is for close contacts of local cases. Travel SHN is currently unchanged at 14days. But perhaps it’s a sign of things to come?

D K

Fares definitely look attractive. But a transit in Abu Dhabi and the lack of appeal of the destinations – hmm…

I suppose one can plan an intra europe multi destination trip since going to do SHN anyway.

Problem is – need to have plenty of leave to burn and ability to take time off work to pull it off 🙂

Salmon Lee

Did Etihad cut back / simplify on the offerings at Business Class due to COVID-19, compared to the very generous spread of food, beverages and luxurious amenities last time? I think that’s one big consideration.

Last edited 8 days ago by Salmon Lee
Amos

I’m biting……my finger…… 🙁

Yvonne

With the transit in Abu Dhabi, would this impact access to the key European cities ? I am looking. at Amsterdam but I don’t see Abu Dhabi listed as a ‘safe country ‘?
Any input from anyone ?

Alan

Hi Aaron – NZ has been a Cat2 country for a while now, whereas whole of China including Jiangsu is Cat1.

Rody

Thanks for sharing.

Now that travelers from Category 3 countries can serve quarantine at home. Any transit via UAE will considered as Category 4?

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