Etihad First Apartment A380 Award Availability is something I've been monitoring for clients using my Award Booking Service, and I've been busy recently booking couples and solo travelers on the Abu Dhabi to New York JFK route, which did have a number of days with 3 award seats, although at this point has mostly 1 award seat available on most days, with a few days with 2-3 award seats available. Keep in mind the screenshots below were taken earlier today, so the space may no longer be available–you'll need to run a current search.
Of course, if you don't need to fly the Etihad First Apartment, there are many more days with 2 seats available on the Jet Airways operated flight, but that product isn't comparable to the First Apartment.
Here are a few tips for booking:
Don't Wait: this award space is going quickly.
Check Etihad Guest for Award Availability
You'll need to see award space in the “GuestSeat” column, since AAdvantage cannot book the OpenSeat level awards. Note that currently the advance award availability is only in one direction, Abu Dhabi to New York JFK, and NOT for New York JFK to Abu Dhabi, which is, as with the Etihad First Apartment awards between Abu Dhabi and Australia, only available if at all a few days in advance of departure.
Call the Australian AAdvantage Call Center to Hold or Book Your Award
For whatever reason (my bet is on “Parkerization” of American Airlines and cost cutting) the U.S. AAdvantage Call Center agents cannot see/book Etihad First Class award space most of the time. So call Australia (I use Skype) to hold or book your award.
If Ticketing via the Australia Call Center, Ensure You Use a Credit Card with No Foreign Transaction Fees
If you're ticketing, not just holding your award, be sure to use a credit card that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees on the taxes you pay.
Check Your Record Locator on AA.com Before Hanging Up
Sometimes there will be a miscommunication of the passenger name, date, class of service, etc., so I always recommend going to “My Trips/Check-in” on aa.com and pulling up your held reservation. You want to be sure everything looks exactly right before hanging up.
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