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Etihad Award flight question
After about a years and a half of learning about Point, I finally hit my million mile point mark through normal spending.
I am now planning on a RTW trip for mid april-may of 2017 and have a question regarding Etihad.
Im looking to book Ey a380 in F to enjoy as long as possible.the route i have is jfk-auh-bom.
Is this a valid route?
if not can anyone suggest another EY appartment route that could put me in the suite for the longest time possible?
JFK-auh-Mel or JFK-auh-syd
JFK-AUH-BOM is the longest route on one award. JFK-AUH-MEL/SYD will price as 2 awards. If you go with the latter, you can break up the trip and spend a few days in AUH.
If course, as 2 awards, you can book JFK-AUH-BOM, BOM-AUH-MEL/SYD to really get the most out of each award and spend some time in both AUH and BOM, in addition to MEL/SYD
In the latter scenario with two awards, yaboobie would only be able to spend time in BOM right? Unless he is able to build a long layover in AUH?
Right, yeah that’s what I meant. A long layover. Good catch [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER]!
[QUOTE=”Gaurav, post: 19122, member: 79″]In the latter scenario with two awards, yaboobie would only be able to spend time in BOM right? Unless he is able to build a long layover in AUH?[/QUOTE]
[USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER] sorry, Im not sure what you mean by a long layover in BOM. wouldnt 2 reservations allow me have 1 stop over on each in AUH? and wouldn’t i be able to stop in BOM for a few days because of second itinerary?
AA doesnt allow international layovers of more than 24 hours. So for routing JFK-AUH-BOM, you cant spend more than 23 hours 59 minutes there before you have to continue to BOM.
[USER=29]@David W[/USER] [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER] . Thanks for the information.
I see that the EY guest first point cost is roughly the same as AA saver.
Would you recommend transferring MR to EY and book though them instead of AA?
Would i be able to then have a proper few days stopover in AUH instead of the aa <24hr layover?
EY’s program is distance based so you would be paying for each flight you take, much like BA’s program. You can certainly book separate tickets in order to build your layover but im not sure if you can book a single itinerary on EY that includes a stopover. Either its not allowed or it requires calling EY to book it.
Scott on milevalue did some Etihad routing rule posts and mentiond this:
“[B]Stopovers and Open Jaws[/B]
The tangible information I could find regarding stopovers on Etihad flights is the following from the [URL=’http://www.etihadguest.com/en/terms-and-conditions/’]terms and conditions on etihadguest.com[/URL]: “Stopovers in Abu Dhabi are permitted on GuestSeat Rewards only where the booking is made via the Etihad Guest Service Centre” (ie by calling in).”
Doesn’t say if there is a fee or if they are free. An article on TPG makes their call centers sound like PMUS where you might be able to get away with more than is officially allowed if you know enough and are working with the right agent..