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Etihad is finally bringing their A380s back online. Those planes feature first class apartments that have a seat and a bed, along with a shower to boot.
I enjoyed flying it on my way home from the Maldives in 2017.
There is incredible award availability starting from this August between London and Abu Dhabi, which is the only route that the plane is scheduled to fly for now.
You can book this online with 65K Air Canada Aeroplan miles each way. In this search I checked for 9 award seats, which is the entire first class cabin. Incredibly, you can book out the entire first class cabin on miles! You can view the cabin seat map layout here.
The cash price for a one-way flight in first class from London to Abu Dhabi is over $6,000, making this an incredible award redemption at more than 9 cents per point.
I last booked out an entire first class cabin on miles with my family back in 2014.
Click on details to confirm that it’s an A380:
You can also call or chat with American to book Etihad award tickets. A first class flight between Europe and the Middle East, including Israel, will set you back 62.5K AA miles.
That’s significantly less than what Air Canada charges for an Etihad flight from London to Israel via Abu Dhabi:
You can call American to add on an AA saver first class saver award flight from NYC to London onto the Etihad first class flight from London to the Middle East for 115K miles.
You can confirm AA saver award space by checking for it on the BA site:
You can also add a United business class flight to London onto the Etihad first class flight to Abu Dhabi for 130K Air Canada miles:
Want to earn Aeroplan miles?
You can earn miles with the Chase Aeroplan Card.
You can instantly transfer AMEX, Chase, Or Capital One points to Air Canada at a 1:1 ratio or Marriott points at a 60K:25K ratio.
If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred has a 60K signup bonus, earns 2.1 points per dollar on travel, 3.1 points per dollar on dining, streaming, and online groceries, has a $50 hotel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.3 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve has a 60K signup bonus, earns 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, has a $300 travel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.5 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($550 annual fee with $300 travel credit). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Preferred has a 100K signup bonus and earns 3 points per dollar on shipping, advertising, and travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- Chase Ink Cash has a 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Unlimited has a 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Unlimited has a signup bonus offering 3 points per dollar on up to $20K of spending in your first 12 month, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
Capital One cards with transferable points include:
- Capital One Venture X Card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4,000 in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Priority Pass Lounge membership, and more. Read more here.
- Capital One Venture: Earn 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4,000 in 3 months, plus 2 miles per dollar spent. Read more here.
- Capital One Spark Miles: Earn 50,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent.
- Capital One Spark Cash Plus Card: Earn up to 100,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent, convertible into transferrable miles with any of the 3 cards above. Read more here.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:
- AMEX Blue Business Plus
- AMEX Platinum Business
- AMEX Gold Business Card
- AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
- AMEX Gold Consumer Card
- AMEX Green Consumer Card
- AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
- AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
Marriott cards with transferable points include:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Consumer Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express®Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card
- The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum World Mastercard is offering 65,000 AA miles for opening the card and spending $4,000 in 4 months.
- The Citi AAdvantage Platinum World Elite Consumer Mastercard is offering 50,000 AA miles for opening the card and spending $2,500 in 3 months.
- The Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Consumer Mastercard is offering 50,000 AA miles for opening the card and spending $5,000 in 3 months. Earn 10K bonus loyalty points when you spend $40K in a loyalty year on this card.
- The Citi AAdvantage MileUp Consumer Mastercard is offering 10,000 AA miles and a $50 statement credit for opening the card and spending $500 in 3 months. No annual fee and earn double miles on groceries.
Will you take advantage of this award space availability?
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oh yah baby the king of the skies is back!!! the taxes are a lot cheaper on AUH-LHR vs LHR-AUH because of the UK departure tax/robbery. most of this award dump is only LHR-AUH but in november i’m seeing many dates with AUH-LHR availability. i’m about to hit up my amex account and make a nice transfer to AC and book this before it’s gone lol
The screenshot shows 90k from NYC to London, why is it 115k
115K for US-Middle East in first class.
I’m confused, is that essentially making the lon to tlv via auh just 25k in first class??
How much would then be lon to auh on a single award?
“You can also call or chat with American to book Etihad award tickets. A first class flight between Europe and the Middle East, including Israel, will set you back 62.5K AA miles.”
Ahhh Would it be the same amount if only going to auh vs continuing to Isreal?
anyway to add on a flight to Maldives with this?
Well you still need to pay CA 470
Not if you start in NYC. See screenshot.
How can we do nyc to Abu Dhabi ?
70k aa for business on ey
It’s only a redemption of 9cpp if you would’ve paid that amount in cash
It may only save you the price you would have paid out of pocket, but why does that affect the value of the redemption or that you’re flying with a suite vs in coach? Those are 2 very different numbers.
Can you do dfw-Lon-auh-Bom all on one ticket? I
Dan, how to take advantage of this if I want to go to India or Australia from NYC?
Sorry – i’m not that suave at this game yet so i’m a bit confused & hopefully you can help. If i’d like to take advantage of this but am leaving from NYC, I can book the EY FC cabin for 65K points, and then add on AA FC JFK-LHR for and Additional 115K points? so total trip would be 180K points PP each way? How do I book it so that I do not incur the additional charges? Do i need to book the NYC-LHR portion first. Sorry, i’m totally lost. Someone in the comments also referenced being able to go NYC-Abu Dhabi for 70K (Business- not FC). Is that always available? TIA!
Hard product doesn’t look too luxurious from the pics in the post. Have they updated it since then?
Can one keep 1500 miles from expiring by transferring a small number of miles from Membership Rs, etc.? Thank you.
I think everyone is mixing up the first class and the residence..