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Thought this was interesting and worth sharing. Not sure how many of us actually travel economy long-haul, but here’s a snapshot of what Etihad’s bidding process is like. Between this and monitoring seatmaps on ExpertFlyer, I think you could make a pretty solid estimate on what you’d have to do to fly “poor man’s biz class” and get an empty row!
Prices start at $110 to bid for an empty middle on ultra long-haul (13+ hours) and go up from there (two empty seats starts at $220, three at $330, etc.)
Prices start at $65 to bid for an empty middle on long-haul (8 hours) and go up from there (two empty seats starts at $130, three at $195, etc.)