Etihad Airways’ stopover program is back — here’s how to book

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Etihad Airways flyers can once again participate in the airline’s stopover program, which allows travelers to schedule extended layovers through its base at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) at certain hotels for a discounted rate.

“Pick from three stopover options to explore the city we call home,” says Eithad, which provides stopover packages for travelers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for just a few days up to a week, along with those just transiting.

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Three stopover options

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First up is the “Best of Abu Dhabi” package, where travelers can book stays from two to six nights at nearly 30 four- and five-star hotels, up to 40% off. 

This package is the most inclusive, offering 24-hour check-in, a breakfast buffet and in-room Wi-Fi. It also includes a choice of room types at select hotels like the Andaz Capital Gate, Fairmont Bab al Bahr, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi and The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, among others.

All hotels are subject to availability and certain blackout dates may apply. Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance of arrival, for travel completed by Dec. 20.

The second option, “Stopover on us,” also allows travelers to book stays up to 40% off, but at three- and four-star hotels instead. These options include Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre, Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown and Tryp by Wyndham Abu Dhabi.

“Stopover on us” bookings must be made by June 30, for use through Dec. 20.

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Lastly, passengers can make the most of longer connections, anywhere from 10-24 hours, by booking a complimentary one-night stay at two hotels: the Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Airport or Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre.

This is for economy, business-class and first-class ticket holders flying on eligible routes, which exclude certain routes within the Middle East.

You can book a “Transit connect” package at least five days prior to arrival, but bookings can only be made upfront for outbound flights. Once that flight is completed, you can request it be added to your return flight home.

“Transit connect” is valid for travel booked and completed by Dec. 31.

All bookings must be made by travelers age 21 and older and the offer isn’t valid for frequent flyer redemption bookings, award upgrades or cash-plus-miles promotions. However, guests can earn points by participating in the “Best of Abu Dhabi” program, so be sure to add your loyalty number to your reservation upon arrival.

Additional terms and conditions apply to each program, so double-check before you book.

Related: Leaning luxury: A review of the Andaz Capital Gate hotel in Abu Dhabi

How to book an Etihad stopover

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To take advantage of one of the stopover programs, start by booking a multicity flight through the airline for an economy, business-class or first-class fare, connecting through AUH.

For example, you could book a multicity trip from New York (John F. Kennedy International Airport) to Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport) connecting through Abu Dhabi each way, allowing you to participate in the stopover program on your outgoing flight. That two-night stay in Abu Dhabi would be eligible for the “Best of Abu Dhabi” or “Stopover on us” program.

Once you have your booking reference and ticket number, take that information and select a participating hotel from the list.

(Screenshot from etihad.com)

Once you complete the booking, look out for an email with a hotel voucher.

Bottom line

These stopovers are available for adult passengers flying anywhere within the Etihad global network, transiting via Abu Dhabi.

Additionally, Etihad travelers can use their boarding pass for more deals and discounts on activities within a five-day period on the ground in Abu Dhabi, ranging from restaurants to theme parks and spas. Browse the list of eligible activities here.

Related: Hilton is opening a private island resort with overwater villas in Abu Dhabi

 Additonal reporting by Lori Zaino.

Featured photo of Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi by Buena Vista Images/Getty Images.

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