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Etihad Airways is the second-largest carrier in the United Arab Emirates, operating from its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Although Etihad has been cutting routes in the last 2 years, it serves many destinations across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific.
Airline: Etihad Airways
Category: International airline
Frequent Flyer Program: Etihad Guest
Tagline: “From Abu Dhabi to the World”
Number of Passengers Annually: 18.6 million
Main Hub: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Destinations: 91 destinations across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific
Etihad Airways’ loyalty program, Etihad Guest, rewards guests with miles every time a passenger flies with Etihad or one of their partner airlines.
Miles can be redeemed against future flights, fare upgrades, holidays, charitable donations, and more.
Once members reach the tier status of Silver, Gold, or Platinum, they receive benefits such as priority check-in, increased baggage allowance, and discounted upgrades.
Hot Tip: Explore the best ways to earn lots of Etihad Airways Guest Miles, and you’ll be booking that reward flight sooner than you think!
Etihad has 4 different fare types for economy tickets — 2 for business class, and 1 for first class and The Residence.
These fare types offer different levels of flexibility and benefits, such as eligibility for refund and percentage earnings of Etihad Guest Miles. All fare types include carry-on and checked baggage*. First class and The Residence also come with chauffeur service.
|Fare Type||Refundable||Eligible for Upgrade||Miles Earned||Priority Check-In||Lounge Access||Date Changes Permitted|
|Economy Classic||Yes, for a fee||Yes||75%||No||Fee||No|
|Business Classic||Yes, for a fee||Yes||130%||Yes||Yes||No|
|The Residence||Yes||N/A||400%||Yes||Yes||Yes, for a fee|
*Economy Saver Deal is a “carry-on luggage only” fare for routes between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.
Hot Tip: If you’re traveling light, you have the option of selecting Etihad’s carry-on only deal, available when you book an Economy Saver Deal fare between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.
Etihad uses a weight concept for the majority of its destinations, with an allocated weight allowance applied depending on the fare type.
Flights to/from the U.S. work on a piece concept, where 2 pieces of luggage are permitted, and the weight is dependent on the cabin.
All passengers may bring 1 personal item, in addition to:
Flights To/From the Americas (Piece Concept):
Size Restriction (Piece Concept):
Flights To/From Other Destinations Outside of the Americas (Weight Concept):
Size Restriction (Weight Concept):
Hot Tip: Find out more information about the baggage policy in our Etihad baggage article.
Unfortunately, Etihad is not transparent about its change and cancellation fees, and these depend on the fare type and journey. Passengers should check the terms and conditions at the time of booking.
In addition to the change or cancellation fee itself, Etihad also charges a service fee if this is done through the contact center or a retail office ($20-$45).
Hot Tip: Learn more about the Etihad’s fees in our award flight changes and cancellations article.
Seat selection is free from check-in (24 hours before the flight,) but fees will be charged for seat selections made earlier than this.
As with its change and cancellation fees, Etihad does not disclose fees for advanced seat selection, but after running a few searches, we found consistent fees of $30-$180.
Unaccompanied Minor: $100 for direct flights; $150 for connecting flights
Transporting a Pet: Passengers are permitted to transport a falcon in the cabin or as checked luggage. Business and first class passengers can transport up to 2 falcons and an economy passenger, 1.
The fees to transport a falcon are:
Onboard Wi-Fi: All passengers can enjoy 90 MB of free Wi-Fi and can purchase additional packages:
Meals and Refreshments: Although meals are included, passengers have the option of purchasing alternative meals, snacks, and drinks.
There are several rewards cards where charges on your statement can be paid for by using your points/miles balance. We like Capital One cards for this strategy as you can redeem your miles at 1 cent each for a statement credit against travel purchases made within the past 90 days. Here are the cards we recommend:
The Capital One Venture X card is an excellent option for travelers looking for an all-in-one premium credit card.
The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is the premium Capital One travel rewards card on the block.
Points and miles fans will be surprised to see that the Capital One Venture X card packs quite the punch when it comes to bookings made through Capital One, all while offering the lowest annual fee among premium credit cards.
Depending on your travel goals and preferences, the Capital One Venture X card could very well end up being your go-to card in your wallet.
Get 2x miles plus some of the most flexible redemptions offered by a travel credit card!
The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is one of the most popular rewards cards on the market. It’s perfect for anyone in search of a great welcome offer, high rewards rates, and flexible redemption options.
Frequent travelers with excellent credit may benefit from this credit card that offers a lot of bells and whistles. And it offers easy-to-understand rewards earning and redemption.
The card offers unlimited miles at 1.25x per $1 and no annual fee. When you consider the flexible rewards, frequent travelers come out on top.
Interested in a travel rewards credit card without one of those pesky annual fees? Then say hello to the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card, the no-annual-fee version of the more popular Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.
In addition to no annual fee, the Capital One VentureOne card offers no foreign transaction fees.
But is this card worth its salt, or is it merely a shell of the more popular Capital One Venture card?
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH):
Other Etihad Lounge locations:
Hot Tip: Fancy a bit more space without upgrading to business? With Etihad’s Economy Neighbour-Free, you can bid for the surrounding seats to remain passenger-free throughout your journey.
Etihad has 2 fits for First Class. Both offer a private suite, but the airline’s new First Class Apartments (found on the A380) include a separate armchair and bed. Adjoining apartments can also be opened to share the experience with a travel companion. The standard first class suites have a chair that converts into a lie-flat bed.
Additional Amenities Unique to the A380 Include:
Hot Tip: Did you know you can book one of these First Class Apartments on points? Here’s a step-by-step guide on the best ways to book Etihad First Class using points.
Etihad has a fairly young fleet of aircraft with just under 40 787 aircraft that are just a few years old.
In 2019, Etihad controversially removed in-seat TV screens from its fleet of Airbus A320s that operate short-haul flights, replacing them with a personal device holder.
|Cabin||Seat Count||Seat Pitch||Seat Width|
|Business||16 reclining seats||49″||21″|
|Business||16 reclining seats||49″||21″|
|Business||22 flatbed seats||73″||20″|
|First||8 closed suites||80″||30″|
|Business||32 flatbed seats||73″||20″|
|First||9 closed suites||80″||29.5″|
|Business||70 flatbed seats||73″||20″|
|Boeing 777-300ER 3 Class|
|Cabin||Seat Count||Seat Pitch||Seat Width|
|First||8 closed suites||80″||29.5″|
|Business||40 flatbed seats||73″||20″|
|Boeing 777-300ER 2 Class (Layout 1)|
|Business||28 flatbed seats||73″||20″|
|Boeing 777-300ER 2 Class (Layout 2)|
|Business||42 angle flatbed seats||60″||20.5″|
|Business||32 angle flatbed seats||73″||22″|
|Boeing 787-9 (Layout 1 and Layout 2)|
|First||8 closed suites||80″||26″|
|Business||28 flatbed seats||73″||22″|
Hot Tip: Find out which aircraft and seat types operate to and from the U.S. with our definitive guide to Etihad’s direct routes from the U.S.
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