Etihad has rolled out a new fare structure with changes to bonus miles, upgradability of paid tickets, changes and baggage allowances. They’re introducing more restrictive fares.
“Breaking Deal” economy fares are new, and not listed in the American AAdvantage accrual chart. Presumably they won’t earn miles if crediting to American.
However it’s worth knowing that all other discounted coach fares currently earn 100% with AAdvantage and American’s miles are worth more than Etihad’s miles. Since May you can earn American miles on all Etihad flights.
“Breaking Deal” business class fares don’t allow changes and don’t include their car service (this change was already announced). Fortunately awards in business still get the car service.
Here’s what’s interesting to me about both business class fares and also first class fares. They seem to say that business and first class awards don’t get priority check-in.
If you buy a first class ticket you get priority check-in. If it’s an award ticket whether or not you get priority check-in is “based on tier status.” So if you are an elite you can use the priority check-in line, if you aren’t you check in with economy even though you’re flying first class? I don’t believe it.
A passenger waits in line, sits down in the first class check-in area. And the agent is going to send them over to check in with economy, to the back of the line?
Etihad First Class Check-in
Etihad Business Class Check-in
I plan to continue to use the priority check-in queues on my upcoming award bookings.