A couple of days ago, Air Serbia began operating nonstop flights between Belgrade and New York, which is huge news for a carrier which otherwise primarily flies regionally.
Air Serbia’s new flight is operated by an Airbus A330, which they acquired from Jet Airways.
The plane features 18 business class seats in a herringbone configuration, so each seat is fully flat and features direct aisle access.
Enter to win two business class tickets on Air Serbia!
If you haven’t yet entered, you can win two business class tickets on this new Air Serbia flight through a giveaway I’m hosting. You have until 11:59PM PT tomorrow, Sunday, June 26, to enter. There are several ways to enter, so just visit the giveaway post for more details on how to enter.
I’m excited to announce who the lucky winner is on Monday, and hopefully they can share their feedback on the Air Serbia experience, and also their time in Serbia.
How to redeem miles on Air Serbia’s new flight
For those who don’t win the contest, but who still want a chance to try Air Serbia’s new service, the good news is that you can redeem miles on it.
Air Serbia is an Etihad Airways partner, so the best way to redeem on them is through the Etihad Guest program, since that’s what they use as their frequent flyer program. One-way award redemption rates between Belgrade and New York are as follows:
- Economy class: 44,970 miles
- Business class: 64,082 miles
The catch is that you can only book these awards by phone through the Etihad Guest call center, which can be a bit of a pain. That’s a bit frustrating, since there’s no way to see award availability online.
Etihad Guest is 1:1 transfer partners with both Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou, and with both programs we’ve seen transfer bonuses in the past, meaning you can pay fewer transferable points than the amounts listed above, assuming you transfer at the right time.
So, what is availability like? While I only have a few data points given that there’s no way to see the space online, it seems like economy award space is wide open, while business class award space is highly variable. Some days have no business class award space, while some days have four or more business class award seats.
The good news is that they’re not restricting award space to just one business class seat per flight, or anything.
I really want to take this flight soon, so during the next transfer bonus I’ll transfer points and then book an award on this flight. I hadn’t done so yet since I was hoping they’d have some sort of introductory business class fare sale, though that hasn’t happened yet.