Last week at this time I was boarding a flight aboard an Etihad A380 in the First Class Apartments. It was an incredible flight and the trip report will be coming soon, but I wanted to give you some information about how you can book these flights yourself.
As you hopefully have heard, the American AAdvantage award chart will be destroyed (under the guise of “innovation”) for bookings made starting March 22, 2016. One of the big sweet spots in the award chart right now is the 40k First Class award between Europe and the Middle East and another sweet spot is the 60k First Class award between the Middle East and Australia/Oceania (vice versa as well).
Many of you who have some miles to spare might want to take a look at traveling these routes in Etihad First Class on the A380 while you still can! Under the new award chart the Europe-Middle East will jump over 50% to 62,500 miles and Middle East-Australia/Oceania will skyrocket to 100,000 miles!
I’ve put together a short (3-minute) video on how to search for Etihad award space. Once you find the award space you simply will need to call American to book it. As a reminder, if they try to charge you a phone reservation fee ask them if you still have to pay the fee since you can’t book it online, they should waive the fee.
If there are any questions please leave them below in the comments!