It’s not too often I can write a post like this but when it happens it’s definitely worth talking about. Flying over peak seasons in premium cabins with points can be extremely tough but there are ways around it which usually multiple connections, strange flights etc. But when you can fly direct in an award winning First Class product quite easily, it’s pretty damn amazing and hard to say no to.

This week we learned that Etihad would take the A380 from Melbourne and instead of putting the aircraft on a new route they have put the aircraft onto one of 2 Sydney routes.  Sydney now gets two A380’s from October 29th.

Thanks to the aircraft swap, the award availability to the Middle East is amazing with both flights having seats free every day!

Here’s an example of what the award space is like in early December:

And here is what it looks like a day after Christmas!:

The fact that space is available over Christmas and the peak travel period is pretty awesome.

Flying on Etihad A380’s Apartments is truly an incredible experience. You have an onboard chef, a massive suite with a separate bed and chair, a shower onboard and a beautiful lobby area at the back of First Class.

Etihad A380 Apartment Bed

If you’re wanting to know how to book Etihad’s A380 Apartments, here is the link.

H/T – Pointhacks.com.au