I’m going to Abu Dhabi for a day!

by Zac George
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Yes you read that right, I’m going to Abu Dhabi for a day. This may sound absolutely ridiculous but hear me out.


Think back to the American Airlines devaluation. The rates for travel in first and business to the middle east were extremely good value and I had taken advantage of that before. The rates were SYD/MEL/BNE/PER – AUH in F for 120,000 roundtrip or 90,000 in business class. Such good value!

At the time of booking I had 150,000 miles left in my account and had absolutely no idea what to do with them. It is sometimes hard convincing your parents to allow to travel far away on my own at 16 but it’s great when they understand. I was looking at all different options but I can’t stay away from the middle east, I love it! I started to look for First availability from Brisbane , Sydney and Melbourne, Nothing was available. So instead I decided I’ll trial Etihad’s business class. At the time space was wide open leaving Australia but very limited leaving Abu Dhabi. So I chose to fly out June 3rd and leave the same day. The women on the AAdvantage line probably thought there’s something wrong with me.

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While I am visiting Abu Dhabi I will be seeing my grandparents and having a look around the St. Regis where they will be staying, which I’m excited to see.

Another thing I’m excited to see is the new First lounge which was supposed to open May 1 so hopefully its open. Even though I am travelling in business class apparently Virgin Australia platinum members will be able to access the lounge, similar to what happens with the Star alliance first lounge at LAX.

What do you think, crazy or ridiculous?

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