Ever wanted to fly Etihad business class? This Middle Eastern airline is famous for its over-the-top treatment of high-end customers, and now you can fly it, too. Etihad has recently released wide swaths of award availability for business class seats from the U.S. to Abu Dhabi. Let’s take a look.
You can find availability from several cities, including Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK), Toronto (YYZ), and Washington, D.C. (IAD). As far as dates go, you’ll want to check whenever you’re planning on traveling — we found routes as far into the future as June 2023.
These flights span upwards of 13 hours, meaning you’ll get some big bang for your buck when booking.
Air Canada Aeroplan has the greatest availability, and as you can see, business class can be booked for just 85,000 points one-way. If you’re feeling especially fancy, you can also book first class on a lot of these routes, though availability is a lot more scattered.
Aeroplan points are easy to acquire; you can transfer over from American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio. You can also opt to transfer over Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-point bonus for every 60,000 points you transfer.
Etihad is not a member of any one airline alliance, meaning your other options for booking are slim. American Airlines also partners with Etihad, but availability was nonexistent on all the routes we checked (even in economy), so it’s better to stick with Air Canada.
Depending on which route you take, you’ll either be on Etihad’s 787, which features the older (but still excellent) business class seat, or the A350, which has Etihad’s newest (and best) business class product. A350s can be found on the New York and Chicago routings.
Hot Tip: Want to find out what business class in Etihad is like? Check out our review: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Business Class Review [MUC to AUH].
If you’ve been wanting to try out Etihad’s business class product, now is the time to book. You can find fairly widespread availability on routes from several U.S. cities to Abu Dhabi. Even if you’re not a fan of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi makes for an excellent jumping-off point to a number of onward destinations, including the Maldives.