Review: Etihad A380 – The Apartment, Sydney-Abu Dhabi

Last week, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew The Apartment on Etihad’s A380 from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Here’s what it’s like to travel in the world’s best first-class suite. I’ve never been so excited to fly. Etihad’s Airbus A380 is arguably the most extraordinary plane in the sky — its first-class Apartment makes Emirates first class…

10 Things You’ll Love About Etihad’s A380 First-Class Apartment

Earlier today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew Etihad’s new A380 first-class product, The Apartment, from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. The experience was even more fantastic than expected. There’s first class — and then there’s this. Etihad’s A380 is absolutely over the top, but in a tasteful, luxurious kind of way. From a marketing perspective, The Residence is…

Round-the-World Wedding — a TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

Experiencing Etihad’s A380 Residence at the Milan Expo

During his May trip to the Milan Expo — this year’s version of the World’s Fair, held in Milan, Italy — TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan got to do the next-best thing to flying in the Etihad Residence: He walked through a complete replica. (All photos below are by the author.) I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some pretty…

Hanging Out with Alitalia and Etihad at the Milan Expo

Expo is shorthand for “World’s Exposition,” the more recent incarnation of the World’s Fair. TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan recently visited this year’s Expo, held in Milan, Italy — here’s his experience from the Alitalia and Etihad Airways pavilion. One of the highlights of the Milan Expo is the Alitalia and Etihad Airways pavilion, which featured all sorts…

Etihad Guest Changing Award Prices, Availability and More

Etihad Airways captured the imaginations of award travelers everywhere last year when it announced the launch of its A380 Residence, and the airline won even more hearts this past winter when it decided to honor one of the best mistake fares we’ve seen recently. Etihad may now be cashing in some of that goodwill after recently announcing some changes to the Etihad Guest…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi…

Etihad 4x Miles, Hilton SE Asia Sale, Southwest New Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Choice Hotels Stays You can earn up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at Cambria Hotels and Suites and 750 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at other participating Choice hotels through June 15,…

Flight Review: Etihad Diamond First, Tokyo-Abu Dhabi

Well-traveled TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shares his experience of snagging a mistake fare and flying to/from Tokyo Narita and Abu Dhabi—with his baby in tow.  Etihad, one of the so-called “Big 3″ carriers in the Middle East, has been in the news quite a bit lately. Its innovative A380 has taken in-flight luxury to the next…