From the 14 September 2015, passengers from Etihad Airways will have access to the new ‘Fare Choices’ fare structure which enables travellers to tailor their journey to their individual needs.
The new Fare Choices vary by flexibility, baggage allowance, miles earned and optional inclusions such as priority check-in, chauffeur service, and upgrade eligibility.
I am not sure if premium airlines should adopt the dynamic pricing system and is could become complicated to the person who is purchasing their airfare ticket. How will this affect your status and mileage-earning?
There is a total of eight Fare Choices for economy, business and first class:
Economy Breaking Deals, Economy Saver, Economy Value and Economy Freedom
Business Breaking Deals, Business Saver and Business Freedom
Full details of the new Fare Choices and baggage policy are available at:
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Ultimately, this is about providing choice. In most industries, there is a move towards allowing customers to tailor and customise their experience, and ours is no different. When it comes to booking a flight, not everyone’s needs are the same. Some guests want to travel light and on a budget, whilst others want to be able to make last-minute travel decisions, carry extra baggage or earn more miles. For example, if a guest wants more flexibility, more luggage, and priority check in, they can select our Economy Freedom Fare Choice.”
The changes to baggage policy have reduced the price of excess baggage charges on most routes and create better alignment with Etihad Airways Partner airlines. On some routes, the cost of buying an additional 23kg piece of baggage will be reduced by up to 90 per cent, with a further reduction of up to 30 per cent if pre-purchased directly with Etihad Airways up to 24 hours before travel.
The new fare concept offers travellers greater choice and tailors to their journey needs.
It is always important to pay attention to the baggage allowances and change/refund fees, depending on your fare class. Ask your travel agent or Etihad Agent to ensure you are getting the right deal for you.
What do you think and will it be harder to earn your Etihad Guest air mileage?