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The Etihad A380 First Class Apartment is arguably the world’s best First Class. End of story. I mean when you have a separate seat and a bed.. inside of an apartment on an airplane, mixed with delicious food, amazing service, and a SHOWER… luxury travel doesn’t get much better.
I was lucky to have flown Etihad’s A380 First Class Apartment from Sydney to Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi to London last summer and the flights were incredible. I realise I haven’t written the review yet, so I will need to get that done soon.. it contains tons of pictures. Anyway, as we all know, the best way to redeem miles for Etihad First Class was using American Airlines AAdvantage miles.. that is, prior to their devaluation last year.
Thankfully there’s an AMAZING way to redeem miles for the Etihad A380 First Class Apartment (or any Etihad First Class or even Business Class).. it just takes a bit of work and perhaps some frustration.
Remember a few weeks ago I wrote about how you can Book Lufthansa First Class For 40k Starpoints? Essentially you transfer Starpoints to Asiana Airlines Asiana Club and book a one-way First Class award for just 50k miles… it might/does involve a lot of calling and hanging up.
So how do you book Etihad First for 35k Starpoints? Asiana Airlines is partners with both Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, meaning you can redeem Asiana miles on both of these airlines… and the award chart is incredible:
- First Class – Middle East to South Pacific: 220k miles, round-trip
- First Class – Middle East to USA/Canada: 160k miles, round-trip
- First Class – Middle East to Europe: 80k miles, round-trip
Best of all, one-way itineraries are allowed! Other rules regarding reservations and ticket issuance can be found here.
Transferring Starpoints to Asiana Airlines Asiana Club represents an incredible value. Remember that for every 20k Starpoints you transfer, you will receive an additional 5k miles. So 20k Starpoints = 25k Airline miles.
Asiana charges 80k miles round-trip between the Middle East and Europe (as shown above), meaning that a one-way award will cost you 40k Asiana Club miles.. or just 35k Starpoints:
- 20k Starpoints = 25k miles
- 15k Starpoints = 15k miles
This yet again represents an incredible value of Starpoints! They are my favourite points currency because they’re just so damn flexible and you can literally book ANY flight using Starpoints.
Now a warning: Booking Etihad/Qatar flights through Asiana Club can be difficult and may involve lots of patience and calling. In my experience, it took seven (!!) calls before an agent was able to find Etihad flights with availability and create a new (simple) reservation with the flights.
Is it worth it? Hell yes! Who wouldn’t want to fly Etihad A380 First Class for just 35k Starpoints? That’s an amazing value.. it just requires a lot of patience and calling.. but it is possible.
Happy Flying! #Reimagined
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