ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS’ NEW POLI­CIES

Friday - - Travel -

Eti­had Air­ways in­tro­duced some ma­jor changes last month – here’s the low­down. Good news is, you can now bid to get an empty seat next to you when fly­ing Econ­omy Class. The ‘Neigh­bour-Free Seat’ op­tion lets guests bid for up to three empty seats next to their orig­i­nal seat, based on avail­abil­ity and lay­out of the cabin. Think about it: No more per­func­tory small talk. Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Emi­rates, which in­tro­duced sim­i­lar ac­cess ear­lier this year, Eithad’s Econ­omy cus­tomers can also reap the ben­e­fits of Pre­mium Lounges, al­beit for a pay­ment. Busi­ness Class passengers can also pay to use the First Class Lounge and spa. Eti­had has also cut back on some fa­cil­i­ties. Since July 3, Busi­ness and First Class passengers have to pay for chauf­feur ser­vice at all des­ti­na­tions – ex­cept Abu Dhabi (the ser­vice was pre­vi­ously in­cluded in the fare). Passengers fly­ing in The Res­i­dence on the Air­bus A380 and those whose Busi­ness Class and First Class tick­ets were booked and is­sued prior to July 3 still get the ser­vice for free.

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