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...

So, if you’re looking for flight & accommodation reviews, flight deals, and budget luxury travel tips & tricks then you have come to the right place. Welcome to BoardingGroup.One

Etihad A380

Continuing the recent trend for cheap long-haul deals from Scandinavian airports, we’ve found some enticing business class fares from Stockholm to a range of Asian and Pacific cities for as little as £1,100 return. Etihad Airways is a relatively young Middle-Eastern carrier based out of Abu Dhabi, UAE. They have a modern fleet, operating predominately 787, 777 and A380 aircraft. They currently have 4-star Skytrax rating that recently dropped from 5. Frequently flyers can earn points on the flight, this will only be at the base earning rate of 115% miles flown unless you have status – see our BG1 Tip at the end. Some of the flights below hit our magic rule of not paying more than £50 per flying hour in biz – Manila, Sydney, and Auckland all look like BUY deals.


  • Bangkok – £1,100
  • Singapore – £1,100
  • Delhi – £1,200
  • Manila – £1,200
  • Hong Kong – £1,350
  • Shanghai – £1,375
  • Beijing – £1,500
  • Jakarta – £1,550
  • Sydney – £2,100
  • Auckland – £2,400

The Catch

As is the case with most fares this cheap, there are a couple of (we think minor) sacrifices you have to make. Firstly, the departure point is Stockholm, so you’ll have to pay to get yourself there to start the journey (we call this a “positioning flight”). Secondly, the first flight on the ticket is from Stockholm to Brussels on Brussels Airlines weak short-haul business product to connect you to the Etihad 787 that’ll fly you to Abu Dhabi to then connect with the final flight.

Travel Dates

Plenty of availability between now and March 26th 2020.

Small Print

  • Book by: 9th September 2019
  • Travel until: 26 March 2020
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Weekend departures: Very limited – we only see 1 in Feb and March
  • Sectors: 3 each way
  • Booking class: Z
  • Frequent flyer points accrual: Yes – 115% (no FF status)
  • Refundable: No
  • Changes after booking: €105

How to Book

Use Google Flights calendar feature to find the cheap travel dates, then jump across to complete the booking on Etihad’s website.
The price shown below is for 2 passengers.

BG1 Tip

Although Etihad isn’t part of Star Alliance, you can credit your points from Etihad flights to the Asiana Airlines frequent flyer program – Asiana Club. Asiana is part of Star Alliance, so you can then redeem your earned Etihad miles against all Star Alliance carriers.

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