Etihad Releasing A380 First Class Award Space to/from USA

Etihad is again releasing First Class award space on its daily A380 flight between New York and Abu Dhabi that you can book for only 90,000 American Airlines miles each way.

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back.

Etihad Guest 25% Transfer Bonus from Citi ThankYou Points

Etihad is offering a 25% transfer bonus from several programs including Citi ThankYou Points through December 31, 2015.

To be clear, this transfer bonus comes entirely from Etihad and not from Citi. Citi's thankyou.com still shows the standard 1,000 to 1,000 transfer rate with no transfer bonus.

Two First Class Seats on Most Etihad Flights to Middle East, India Next Summer

Etihad First Class space is widely available for next summer between the United States and Abu Dhabi for two passengers with connections throughout the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

Anatomy of an Award: India to United States in Etihad First Class Apartment

In May, I booked myself an award in an Etihad A380 First Class Apartment for January 2016. I am looking forward to flying the spacious suite with a couch/bed and separate seat from Abu Dhabi to New York.

Book the Longest Flights in the World in First Class with Miles

From February 1, 2016, Emirates will fly daily between Dubai and Panama City, which will be the longest scheduled commercial flight at over 8,500 miles. The flight is blocked for 17:35 heading west. Hopefully the flight will be bookable with Alaska miles, and it will definitely be bookable with Japan Airlines miles.

I have a special interest in long flights because when I am flying an ultra-luxurious First Class, I don't want the flight to end. Eight hours--a typical transatlantic flight--are not enough.

Anatomy of an Award: Air Serbia Award with ThankYou Points

I just used 5,000 ThankYou Points to book a one way award flight from Belgrade to Bucharest.

I transferred my ThankYou Points to Etihad Guest Miles, which is the frequent flyer program for Air Serbia and several other airlines.

I have a ton of ThankYou Points because the Citi Prestige® Card offers 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points respectively after $4,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months.
Etihad Guest / Air Serbia Award Chart
Air Serbia is not a member of one of the three alliances, but is a member of the "kind of fourth

Anatomy of an Award: Air Serbia Award with ThankYou Points

I just used 5,000 ThankYou Points to book a one way award flight from Belgrade to Bucharest.

I transferred my ThankYou Points to Etihad Guest Miles, which is the frequent flyer program for Air Serbia and several other airlines.

I have a ton of ThankYou Points because the Citi Prestige® Card offers 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points respectively after $4,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months.
Etihad Guest / Air Serbia Award Chart
Air Serbia is not a member of one of the three alliances, but is a member of the "kind of fourth

DREAM BIG: Five Things I Can Do with My Miles that I Wouldn’t Do with Cash

Cash is great because it can buy everything from travel to your basic necessities. But sometimes miles are better. There are a lot of things I can easily do with miles that I would never do with cash (at least until my bank account had a few more zeroes.)

Dream big with your miles. Better yet, dream big before your miles. Then get the right miles to turn that dream into a reality.

Wide Open Award Space in Etihad A380 First Class Apartments New York Abu Dhabi

Update at 11:45 PM: A previous version of this post speculated the space was phantom because I couldn't book it on my only attempt before writing the post and rushing to dinner.

The Cheapest Award to Fly the Fanciest Commercial Plane in First Class

What's so special about Etihad's route from London to Abu Dhabi?