Etihad's A380 First Apartment now has 2 award seats bookable between NYC and Abu Dhabi on some days, per Ben. Note that while a lot of seats have been snatched up, it's still possible to find some days with seats. Note the A380 time schedule, as mentioned in my earlier post, Etihad A380 NYC to Abu Dhabi Starts December 2015:
- EY102 departs New York JFK 3pm, arrives Abu Dhabi AUH 12:30pm the next day
- EY103 departs Abu Dhabi AUH 2:55am, arrives New York JFK 8:40am
Here are a few days available as of this writing for Abu Dhabi AUH to New York JFK (note that by the time you read this, some dates may have already been booked):
- Dec. 3, 23
- Jan. 28
- Feb. 3, 4, 6, 7, 11
Note that in the NYC-AUH direction, there aren't currently any flights left with 2 seats on the A380, although at time of writing I did find a few dates, Jan. 18, Jan. 26 and Feb. 5 with 1 award seat on the A380. If your date is April 2016 or later, keep monitoring for award space and put it on hold asap if you find space that works for your travel plans.
How Do I Search Etihad Award Availability?
Go to Etihad Guest (Etihad's frequent flyer program) Reward Flight search page and search for awards. You must be able to see award space under the Etihad Guest column, as that is the only space available to partners, such as American AAdvantage.
Can I Set ExpertFlyer Alerts for Award Space?
Unfortunately, no–you just need to keep checking Etihad Guest award availability.
Will Any Additional Award Space be Released on the A380?
It's possible, so keep checking Etihad Guest award availability. Also note that there are likely a number of awards that were put on hold yesterday and today and will expire if not ticketed by this Sunday, May 10, so check this weekend to see if anything opens up for the current award calendar, December 2015-March 2016.
How Much is Etihad First Apartment on the A380 between NYC and Abu Dhabi?
Etihad First Apartment on the A380 (and also regular Etihad First Class) is 90,000 AAdvantage miles per person, each way. You can also continue to India or the Maldives for the same price, although these onward flights will be in Etihad Business Class, not First.
Can I Book from the U.S. to Abu Dhabi to Australia or from the U.S. to South Africa via Abu Dhabi for 90,000 AA Miles?
No–AAdvantage doesn't permit these routings as a single award; these would price as two awards. You could fly Qatar to Africa via Doha as one award, since this is provided for as an exception. But Etihad is not a oneworld partner, so flying on Etihad it would be two awards.
Do I Have to Pay a Phone Ticketing Fee When Calling AAdvantage?
No, AAdvantage now waives ticketing fees for airline awards that cannot be booked online. Since Etihad is not bookable online, make sure the AAdvantage agent doesn't charge you a phone ticketing fee.
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