Etihad offers one-class upgrades

airline Etihad has a great offer. Right now passengers who pay the full economy
fare will go business class, while those booking business will be upgraded to first

This deal,
probably one of the most generous airline offers in recent times, is being
offered by Abu Dhabi’s
national airline Etihad. It is valid
virtually right across Etihad’s network and will be sold in a number of
countries around the world.

In the case
of the UK it covers flights
from London Heathrow and Manchester to Abu Dhabi and the Gulf region, and then beyond to destinations
in Asia and as far as Sydney,

It means
that a passenger booking a £1,806 business class return to Abu Dhabi will get upgraded to first class. Alternatively a Mancunian departing for Abu Dhabi
from his or her local airport, and paying the full economy price of £1,171,
will go business class.

from London Heathrow wanting to sample first class luxury all the way to Sydney need only pay the
business class rate of £3,491.

deal is most suitable for readers who may be travelling on business or
combining work and pay. There is no minimum stay restriction and although you
must book by February 28 you need not depart until March 31 and return by May

The main
restriction is that, once booked, the tickets are non-refundable although
changes are possible for a fee.

The airline
is in the midst of upgrading its products in both business and first class (see online news January 1, 2009). For
up-to-date information on Etihad’s premium products click here to read Tom Otley’s flight

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Report by
Alex McWhirter

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