Etihad Airways is making a huge splash with its business class sale from Sweden. Singapore and Manila are offered for less than €1,246 (~SEK 13,042) ! Since Etihad doesn’t serve Sweden directly, each trip has two layovers. One in an European city that is served by Eithad and one in Abu Dhabi.
- Singapore at €1,246 (~SEK 13,042)
- Manila at €1,258 (~SEK 13,167)
- Bangkok at €1,386 (~SEK 14,507)
- Phuket at €1,378 (~SEK 14,423)
- Seoul at €1,420 (~SEK 14,863)
Most connections feature two trips in Etihad’s long haul business cabin. From Sweden, you will first be on board a flight with Etihad’s partner SAS taking you to another European city such as Manchester, Frankfurt, Zurich, Rome or Brussels. From there, the carrier from the United Arab Emirates will take over.
On most flights, the airline will operate a Boeing 777 or 787 Dreamliner. Check out these two flight reports to get a better impression of Etihad’s long-haul business class product:
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Sadly, we weren’t able to find fare rules, so we do not know when this deal will expire. Stopovers in Abu Dhabi can usually be added free of charge. You will find reasonable availability from February to June 2020.
The fares will be displayed on Google Flights (instructions) but at a slightly higher price. To pay less, you can enter the dates in our flight search. While booking through an online travel agency may be the cheapest way, we still recommend using etihad.com for safety reasons.
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 booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- 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.
Tickets should be issued in booking class Z, granting at least 115% of distance mileage being awarded in many frequent flyer programs. The following award mileage output is calculated on the roundtrip flight from Stockholm to Singapore, featured at the beginning of the article:
- 31,840 Miles on Hainan Fortune Wings Club
- 19,785 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 19,785 Miles on Asiana Club
- 19,785 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 19,785 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 19,783 Award Miles + 19,785 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 19,023 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 19,023 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 17,501 Miles on Oman Air Sindbad
- 17,501 Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 17,501 Miles on South African Voyager
- 17,501 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 7,107 Points on SAS EuroBonus