Etihad had made a great move allowing their new Apartment class cabins to be bookable with partner miles. Not only did they open it up for partner bookings but the availability on the route (only flying London <-> Abu Dhabi right now) is excellent! Singapore airlines took several years before they opened up their suites aboard their A380 available at the saver level, so it is great to not have to wait that long to book the new Etihad cabins.
However, an award that is not possible for partner bookings (because partners book into the Guest availability) is the incredible Residence class. That is the multi-room “seat” that comes complete with a butler and costs $20,000 for a one way trip. At least two people get to fly for that price! 🙂
But, there is a lot of availability in the Residence class for award bookings! Since there is only one available (though it says 2), if there is award availability, that means no one has even booked that high-end seat on those dates. While it does seem strange to have so much availability, that price ticket and the luxury that goes with it is probably something that the people booking would book more last minute instead of planning weeks in advance. But, if you have 2.2 million Etihad Guest miles, you can go ahead and lock in a one way in Residence class yourself! 🙂 That takes over the spot of the highest level award ticket from the Virgin Galactic spaceship. That’s ok – I don’t think you get a butler or a bed on the Virgin Galactic. 🙂
In case you would rather not spend that many miles on that ticket, you can always book the Apartment class with partner miles (like AA for 40,000 one way). Below is availability in both Apartment and Residence for the next several weeks.
The Apartment availability is only referring to the Guest level which is all that is bookable with partner miles. Etihad has taken the A380 off the schedule until January 16.[table “” not found /]
To find award space, head over to the Etihad rewards page – here – and enter Abu Dhabi to London (or reverse). Then choose First.
Next, you need to look for Guest First space. That is what will be bookable with partner miles. In our example here, it does show it as available so you can simply call American Airlines (800-882-8880) to book it!