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Update: These fares are no longer bookable.

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Merry Christmas to all from Etihad Airways. Right now they have flights from as low as $187 TOTAL roundtrip, including all taxes from JFK- Abu Dhabi. I recommend searching on and playing round with dates- generally leaving Monday-Thursday Jan-March, but there may be wider availability.  These won’t earn miles in most US programs, but you may be able to collect in Etihad Guest or partners like Alitalia.

JFK AUH Google FLights

You can’t book flights through Google Flights, so “sniff out” the cheap fares and then go to sites like to actually book the tickets. Orbitz will likely show a higher price ($900ish), but when you click through the price will drop dramatically and you’ll get the “good news” message below. Orbitz offers a 24 hour risk free cancellation so I recommend booking now and deciding within the next 24 hours if you’re actually going to go, because these won’t last long. You can cancel free of charge until 10pm on December 26, per the screenshot below.

Book via Orbitz to earn Orbucks and have a risk free cancellation
Book via Orbitz to earn Orbucks and have a risk free cancellation

Other good deals I’ve seen (share what you find in the comments)

Chicago- Abu Dhabi $208!
Chicago Abu Dhabi $208

JFK- Hong Kong for $272 this fall!

JFK- Johannesburg for $275JFK JNB 275Dallas- Abu Dhabi $322

Dallas Abu Dhabi 322

JFK- SEZ (Seychelles) $566 Roundtrip
JFK SeychellesSFO- Abu Dhabi $488
SFO Abu Dhabi 488
Play around the dates to see if these cheap fares work for your cities and dates!

Hat tip The Flight Deal/ Flyertalk

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 per calendar year for baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, when available with The Hotel Collection at
  • Over 1.5 million more places in the U.S. started accepting American Express® Cards in 2017.
  • $0 Intro Annual Fee for the 1st year, then $195.
  • Terms Apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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