The recovery of the global economy has given a boost to the business travel and the airlines are scrambling to maximize their share in the growing number of passengers. Apart from the standard loyalty or rewards programs that earn you credits you can avail later, the airlines are coming up with inviting offers to attract the high end business traveler. Etihad Airways is offering free hotel accommodation in the United Arab Emirates for Business and First Class passengers. It is a fair and simple scheme that will be available to the passengers till the end of August.
All you need to do is book a return flight directly from Etihad and you will qualify for the Etihad Complimentary Nights offer. The offer will be valid for passengers flying into Abu Dhabi on a Virgin Australia (or V Australia) plane with an EY flight code. The only catch is that the ticket must be purchased directly through Etihad. This offer is over and above the Velocity Reward program and the members will continue to earn points normally under the Virgin Australia-Etihad partnership agreement. Etihad is targeting the passengers to Europe and offering this scheme as a break journey that helps them arrive in Europe absolutely fresh.
The Australian passengers who are flying in Pearl Business class on an Etihad ticket would get two nights’ accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island or Park Rotana in Abu Dhabi, or the Novotel World Trade Centre, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers or Rose Rayhaan by Rotana in Dubai. The passengers of Diamond First Class will get 3 nights complementary stay and a choice of even better hotels like the Yas Hotel, Fairmont Bab al Bahr or InterContinental in Abu Dhabi, or the Pullman – Mall of the Emirates or Fairmont in Dubai. Chauffeur-driven transfers between Etihad’s hub in Abu Dhabi airport and their hotel in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai and breakfast at the hotel is part of the package.