Despite the fact that Etihad have recently been downgraded to 4* on Skytrax they are still a reasonable choice for business class if you get a good price. This is particularly the case if you fly on the A380 which has the business class studio in a 1-2-1 configuration on the upper deck. I rate this as highly as any of the other Middle East Carriers A380 seats. It offers a good degree of space, privacy and storage. The latest sale has some of the best prices I have seen on Etihad. Usually, Abu Dhabi is at least £1500! There are also some great deals on holidays with some luxury hotels. Keep reading below for some even better ex EU deals.
Finally, just to make the deal even sweeter you can also get a free hotel for a 1 night stopover in Abu Dhabi. The selection includes a couple of hotels I have stayed in which were excellent – The Rosewood Abu Dhabi and the Shangri La Abu Dhabi. There are more details about how to book a stopover on Etihad here.
You must book by 3 June 2019 for travel until 3 September 2019.
Flight only business class return flights start from:
- Abu Dhabi £1,149
- Hong Kong £1,499
- Bangkok £1,499
- Johannesburg £1,499
- Seychelles £1,499
- Singapore £1,599
- Kuala Lumpur £1,599
- Maldives £1,999
- Sydney £2,999
- Melbourne £2,999
Holidays based on 2 people sharing a room start from
- Abu Dhabi (Flights + 3 Nights at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal 5* ) £ 1,369
- Bangkok (Flights + 5 Nights at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok 5*) £ 2,069
- Seychelles (Flights + 5 Nights at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa 5*) £ 2,949
BUT – there are even better savings to be had on ex EU with Australia from £2204.
The best deals are:
- Germany to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney from £2204
- Germany to Phuket from £1322
- Germany to Singapore £1322
- Germany to Hong Kong £1233
- Germany to Bangkok £1233
- Paris to Maldives from £1586
- Paris to Seoul from £1410
- Paris to Muscat from £1410
- Milan to Bangkok from £1101
- Barcelona to Delhi from £1322
You can find the Etihad sale page here.
British Airways Wi-Fi
BA currently charge for Wi-Fi depending on the speed, short or long haul and the duration of the flight. As many people predicted most airlines are now offering some form of free Wi-Fi in Business and First, even if it is just a voucher for a small amount of data. Aer Lingus, Iberia, Emirates and Qatar all offer a form of free wifi to premium passengers. It now sounds like BA are trialling how to offer this to first class passengers without the need to enter voucher codes.
Given that other IAG airlines are already offering this I think it is only a matter of time before free Wi-Fi is offered in First. With the forthcoming improvements to Club with the Club Suites, BA will need to think of ways to differentiate First from Club. The First current seats themselves will offer little over the new Club Suite except in terms of a little extra room.
BA World Traveller Plus fares from £537 + upgrade to Club World
BA have a number of good ex EU World Traveller Plus fares to the US. Even if you want to fly in business class, if you have plenty of Avios to spend it is worth keeping an eye out for good Premium Economy deals too. All PE fares can be upgraded with Avios. This can make a good value redemption if you can get a cheap PE fare to start off with. It can work out better value than spending miles on a business class redemption as you would earn tier points and Avios for the Premium Economy flights. You also spend fewer Avios and only slightly more cash than a full Avios redemption.
Before you book obviously you would need to check the availability of business class seats for the upgrade. The quickest way to do this is the independent website redemption finder.
Don’t forget you can also use Gold Upgrade Vouchers via Propeller Travel, which are usually more flexible than Avios as you don’t need reward availability.
The best deals are from:
- Amsterdam to New York £571
- Stockholm to Los Angeles £624
- Gothenburg to San Francisco £683
- Gothenburg to Miami £619
- Copenhagen to Seattle £670
- Dublin to New York £537
- Dublin to Phoenix £654
- Dublin to New Orleans £654
- Dublin to Charleston £654
The rules are:
- Book by: n/a
- Travel: Dates vary according to country but an example would be Amsterdam which is permitted for departure 31 Dec through 18 Apr or 29 Oct through 13 Dec for each transatlantic sector. To the Netherlands permitted 9 Jan through 25 Apr or 30 Oct through 31 Dec.
- Minimum stay: a Saturday night
- Maximum stay: 3 months
- Transfers: 2 in each direction
- Stopovers: Not permitted
- Refundable: No
- Changeable: For a fee