As frequent flyers, on a short hop to Europe or exploring the far East and West of the Globe, we’re always in search of a bargain to travel in style! The joy of travelling should start from getting to the airport, and we got hooked on the trappings of business class travel and everything that comes with it; lounges, lie-flat beds, food & wine, and free-flowing champagne! We’ve come to realise that traveling in style doesn’t have to break the bank.

Neither of us are millionaires and we’re continually looking to achieve our flying dreams by spending as little cash as we can. Be it a seat sale or miles redemption for reward flights, we tend to let our wallets tell us where we’re going next rather than having a fixed agenda...

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Etihad A380

Etihad appear to be having near constant Scandinavian seat sales, much the same as Qatar Airways are. In what seems like a too-good-to-be-true deal, you can bag an Etihad first class return trip to Seoul, flying 3 of the sectors in a private “First Apartment”, for £2,143.

Etihad is a 4-star Skytrax awarded airline, which operates out of its hub at Abu Dhabi Airport in the UAE, just a few miles along the coast from Dubai. Its First Class product has caught the attention of many luxury travellers, with the promise of unparalleled privacy and onboard comfort.

Destinations

Return prices in first class and business class from Stockholm are listed below.

  • Seoul in First – £2,143 (3 sectors in The Residence)
  • Seoul in Business – £1,269

The Catch

Not only do these journeys originate from Stockholm, there are 3 flight sectors each way. The first hop is to another European city. Dependent on the itinerary you choose, it could be Brussels, London, or Frankfurt. This short-haul leg will be operated by one of Etihad’s European partners and will likely be a short-haul business class product. After that, it’s a long-haul flight to Abu Dhabi in Etihad business. Once at Abu Dhabi, the fun really starts, as you can check into the First Clasd Lounge. Then, it’s A380 all the way to Seoul and back, in your apartment. On the European leg of the return, this will be on A380 to London with First Apartments. All other destinations will be operated by smaller 787 or 777 aircraft and be the still very private Etihad First Class Suite product.

You have to book by 24 November 2019, although you can book as little as 3 days before your departure date.

Travel Dates

Travel until 25 June 2020.

Small Print

  • Departure point: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Book by: 24 November 2019
  • Travel until: 25 June 2020
  • Minimum stay: 3 days
  • Maximum stay: One month after departure from Stockholm
  • Weekend departures: Permitted
  • Booking class: R
  • Frequent flyer points accrual: 250% miles flown (reduced from 400% because of promo fare)
  • Tier points: 37,000 Etihad Guest tier miles (for the return journey)
  • Cancellations: 100.00€
  • Refundable: Yes
  • Changes after booking: 100.00€ plus fare difference
  • Stopvers: Permitted. One in each direction for free. Additional stopovers chargeable at 150€

How to Book

Full disclosure: we’ve managed to book this fare, so it does exist!

You can look for the best deals using Google Flights (read more about how that works here). We find Google Flights very useful because it shows a matrix of prices on a calendar, allowing us to target the cheapest travel dates.

Not all routings will show up on Google flights, though, particularly if you want to route through Heathrow for the A380 (which has First Apartments). The good news is that a wider selection of routes show-up on the ITA Matrix tool. We were able to use this to add a free stopover In Abu Dhabi.

The only downside with ITA Matrix is it’s aimed at travel agents and is lot more complicated to use, therefore not for everybody.

Bottom line: If you can find the flight numbers you want to travel on, we’ve found most travel agents are able to put the itinerary together and price it competitively.

BG1 tip

With so may sectors, use the stop overs to your advantage and break the journey up. You’re visiting some great cities along the way, so why not make them part of the trip?

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