Gulf carrier Etihad Airways currently runs a nice sale from Milan for business class flights to Chinese destinations Beijing and Shanghai. You can reach China’s capital for €1,333 while flights to Shanghai start at €1,436 on various OTAs. However, there is a catch with this offer – you have to spend at least 24 hours in Abu Dhabi on the inbound flight to get this great fare.
Currently, Etihad sends an Airbus A330-200 on its daily rotation to Milan. In their winter flightplan, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner is advertised. The same model operates onward flights to both Beijing und Shanghai. Their business class seats offer a weird 2-4-2 seating pattern in which half of the seats are facing backwards. The positive effect that comes with that is that all seats have direct aisle access.
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According to fare rules, these tickets are on sale until October 13, 2019. They are valid for flights between today and June 2020. A minimum stay of four days applies as well as maximum stay of one month. Availability is very good in 2020 to both destinations. If you want to extend your long inbound stay, you can take advantage of the free stopovers included in this fare.
We suggest to use Google Flights to find suiting flight dates (instructions). Once you know when prices are lowest, you can enter these dates in our flight search to find the cheapest ticket available or book directly at etihad.com. We recommend doing the latter, even if prices are up to €100 higher.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Etihad issues these tickets in booking class Z. That comes along with a nice mileage accrual on Etihad Guest as well as frequent flyer programs associated with Etihad Airways:
- 27,740 on Hainan Airlines
- 17,240 on Asiana Club
- 17,240 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 17,240 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 16,570 on ANA Mileage Club
- 15,250 on South African Voyager
- 15,250 on Etihad Guest
- 15,250 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 15,250 on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 15,250 on Oman Air
- 15,250 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 15,250 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 15,250 on Korean Air Skypass
- 13,260 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 13,260 on American AAdvantage
- 6,730 on SAS EuroBonus
Thanks to our source YHBU!