Update 2: DEAD!
Update, 8:30pm: Still plenty of seats available on Priceline from JFK to Johannesburg (and other cities such as Manila, Delhi, and Mumbai as well), though prices have climbed and now flights have 2 stops, in Paris and Abu Dhabi. The good news is that you can credit all of those segments to American miles and pick up 21.6K AA miles for a round-trip!
Some sample dates:
01/21-01/28: Shows $423 then drops to $402.
02/04-02/11: Shows $423 then drops to $402.
02/09-02/15: Shows $423 then drops to $402.
02/18-02/25: Shows $423 then drops to $402.
02/23-03/03: Shows $368 then drops to $352.
03/25-04/13: Shows $423 then drops to $402.
03/25-04/14: Shows $368 then drops to $352.
04/14-04/21: Shows $368 then drops to $352.
04/27-05/06: Shows $369 then drops to $353.
05/06-05/13: Shows $369 then drops to $353.
05/19-05/26: Shows $369 then drops to $353.
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–Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase:
-You can also compare pricing on Orbitz, which may be different than Priceline. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase.
-Orthodox Jews with a US passport can freely enter Abu Dhabi without issue, even if they have Israeli stamps in their passport. There are several trip reports on DDF to Abu Dhabi and Dubai that all went without issue despite religious paraphernalia and kosher food.
-Etihad is one of the highest rated airlines in the world and kosher meals are available. 2 free 70 pound bags are included in all fares.
-Etihad flights between the US and Abu Dhabi don’t earn any American miles, but flights between Abu Dhabi and other cities will earn miles. A round-trip from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg or Hong Kong will earn about 7,500-8,000 American miles.
-These fares generally seem to work on most weekdays from January-May and from September-November. Below are random sample dates where the fare was valid as of the time of this posting.
-Cheap fares are also available from other US cities like Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
-Fares are only valid for departure from the US.
-You can select multiple destinations if you want a free stopover in Abu Dhabi and then continue onto another destination.
JFK-Abu Dhabi nonstop is $187 round-trip.
Sample dates: 01/21-01/28, 01/27-02/04, 02/10-02/17, 02/17-02/24, 02/24-03/03. JFK-Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi is $290 round-trip. This fare is valid in the fall only.
Sample dates: 09/01-09/08 (now $385),10/20-10/27, 11/03-11/10. JFK-Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi is $291 round-trip.
Sample dates: 01/20-01/27, 01/28-02/04, 02/11-02/18, 02/18-02/25, 02/25-03/04, 03/04-03/11, 03/11-03/18, 03/25-04/13, 04/22-04/29, 05/20-05/27, 09/07-09/14, 10/13-10/20. JFK-Manila via Abu Dhabi is $306 round-trip.
Sample dates: 02/11-02/18, 03/10-03/17. JFK-Mumbai via Abu Dhabi is $311 round-trip.
Sample dates: 02/18-02/25, 03/03-03/10, 05/05-05/12, 09/08-09/15, 10/21-10/28, 11/03-11/10. JFK-Delhi via Abu Dhabi is $337 round-trip.
Sample dates: 02/18-02/25. JFK-Mahe, Seychelles via Abu Dhabi is $611 round-trip.
Sample dates: 02/04-02/11, 02/11-02/18, 03/11-03/18. Chicago-Abu Dhabi nonstop is $220 round-trip.
Sample dates: 02/10-02/17, 03/03-03/10, 04/02-04/9, 05/11-05/18, 09/17-09/24, 10/05-10/12. Chicago-Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi is $418.50 round-trip.
Sample dates: 02/10-02/17, 03/03-03/10, 04/20-04/27, 09/23-09/30, 10/26-11/02. Washington-Abu Dhabi nonstop is $220 round-trip.
Sample dates: 02/10-02/17, 03/03-03/10, 04/02-04/9, 05/11-05/18, 09/17-09/24, 10/05-10/12. Los Angeles-Yerevan, Armenia is $190 round-trip.
Sample date: 02/05-02/10 Los Angeles-Abu Dhabi nonstop is $495 round-trip.
Sample dates: 01/28-02/05, 03/02-03/09, 05/05-05/12, 09/02-09/09.
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