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Earn Up to Quadruple Miles With Etihad Guest — But…

Effective through Tuesday, September 15, 2015, you can earn quadruple Etihad Guest frequent flier loyalty program miles when you travel as a passenger seated in the first class cabin; and triple Etihad Guest miles in business class.

Simply book your next trip with Etihad Airways, Alitalia, Jet Airways, airberlin, Air Serbia or Air Seychelles — but you must register here before Monday, July 20, 2015; and…

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Etihad Airways: My Third Flight — On a Jet Airways Aircraft This Time

I arrived at Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport — which serves the greater Johannesburg metropolitan area — for a flight operated by Etihad Airways, which was scheduled to depart just prior to 10:00 in the morning.

There was a line which wrapped around in a queue several times. It was probably between 15 to 20 minutes before I was able to check in, which really was not all that bad considering how long was the queue — and I dislike waiting in lines.

The agent behind the counter handed me a card printed on a heavy coated stock, which is shown below on the right. The message on it was as follows…

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Etihad Airways: My Second Flight

After my first flight on a Boeing 777-300 aircraft operated by Etihad Airways from New York to Abu Dhabi had concluded, I had greater than six hours before the departure of my next flight, which was at 2:00 in the morning and whose destination was to Johannesburg.

I walked the long trek from gate to gate; and I found a row of stools nearby with a counter equipped with electrical outlets which can accommodate different plugs — no adapter needed. Internet access was complimentary in Abu Dhabi International Airport; but after a while, it became so painstakingly slow that I was forced to give up…

…but by that time, the gate area became more and more crowded. There were certainly a lot of people heading to Johannesburg.

Unlike the flight from Abu Dhabi which…

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Etihad Airways: My First Flight

After escaping the predicted snowstorm in Atlanta — and successfully bypassing a ground stop as a result — I found myself in Terminal 4 of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Fortunately for me, Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways both use Terminal 4 for their operations, which turned out to be quite convenient for me: no transfers between terminals; no chance of having to go through the airport security checkpoint; no having to go outside in the cold weather.

I have heard good things about Etihad Airways; and this is the first time I fly on an airplane operated by that airline as a passenger. I walked up to the counter at the gate when it opened — I found it mildly ironic that the previous flight at that gate was operated by El Al — and had absolutely no problems checking in for my flights to Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi. I received my boarding passes within minutes. I then went to sit down in a chair at a gate opposite the one being used by Etihad Airways.

As I sat there…

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$80,000 Airfare for One Round Trip?

If you want to to fly as a passenger in The Residence aboard Etihad Airways between London and Sydney via Abu Dhabi, it will cost you approximately $80,000.00, according to this article by Ben Schlappig of the One Mile at a Time weblog.

Back on May 4, 2014, I first reported on The Residence, which includes three “rooms”; a butler; a chef at your service who can prepare your favorite meal if you do not prefer the available gourmet offerings; and a VIP travel concierge service to take care of you from the moment of reservation right through until the end of their stay with Etihad Airways — from a luxury chauffeur to private check-in and lounge.

Regardless…

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Etihad, Alitalia Deal to be Finalized Tomorrow?

The agreement for Etihad Airways to purchase a stake of 49 percent in Alitalia is expected to be finalized on Friday, August 8, 2014 after a reportedly positive meeting between James Hogan — the chief executive officer of Etihad Airways — and officials of the government of Italy.

Etihad Airways is expected to invest a minimum of 500 million euros into the troubled carrier — which is currently in debt to the tune of approximately 800 million euros — with…

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New: Luxury Three-Room Residences, Apartments Aboard Etihad Airways Airbus A380 Aircraft

You could already fly as a passenger in suites aboard select aircraft operated by airlines such as Singapore Airlines; and you can already take a shower aboard select aircraft operated by Emirates Airline. Pshaw. As described in an official press release, Etihad Airways has significantly upped the ante in the luxury cabin wars with The Residence — its new product aboard select Airbus A380, which includes a butler to ensure all arrangements are in place and plan both the inflight and après-flight itinerary according to personal preferences; and a chef at your service who can prepare your favorite meal if you do not prefer the available gourmet offerings. This “apartment in the air” is designed for up to two passengers traveling together — and “it has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts who understand the discernment and sophistication expected by the private traveller.” Each “residence” includes the following rooms…

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