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CHANGES: EY Fare Choices; reduced baggage allowance, upgrades, etc. 14 Sep '15

CHANGES: EY Fare Choices; reduced baggage allowance, upgrades, etc. 14 Sep '15

Old Aug 20, 15, 5:05 am
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Thumbs down Reduction in baggage allowances, no more upgrades on Z fare

with the usual marketing spin, chnages for tickets booked from 14 September see reductions in baggage allowances and Z class tickets no longer being eligible for upgrades.

http://www.etihad.com/farechoices

Last edited by JDiver; Aug 20, 15 at 9:44 am Reason: Restore original post title after thread changes
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Old Aug 20, 15, 7:32 am
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Changes to Etihad' booking classes

I received the following email today:


On 14 September 2015, Etihad Airways will launch Fare Choices. For all bookings ticketed before that date, the existing rules apply.

Fare Choices offer our guests the ability to tailor their journey according to their needs. 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.

We have created new Fare Choices for our Economy, Business and First Class guests. They vary by:

How flexible you need it to be
What baggage allowance you need
How many miles you will earn
What other benefits you value when you travel - priority check-in, chauffeur service, upgrade eligibility
Fare choices apply to all bookings, whether you buy through your travel agency, our Contact Centre, or etihad.com.

See all Fare Choices at a glance ► http://www.etihad.com/farechoices?CID=ema:farechoices-rowaug15:guestsenen:etihadairwaysannouncement&utm_ campaign=farechoices-rowaug15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guestsenen&ut m_content=etihadairwaysannouncement&CID=ema:::&utm _campaign=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=&utm_conten t=
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Old Aug 20, 15, 7:43 am
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Guest Seat Priority Check in

Strangest one (for me) is this:
GUEST SEAT - Priority check-in Based on tier status
Business and First ticket holders acquired via Guest Seat not allowed to use premium check in unless Gold or Platinum? That'd be, what, 1 or 2 per flight max?

And what about MFU and PlusGrade?
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by RowH View Post
Strangest one (for me) is this:


Business and First ticket holders acquired via Guest Seat not allowed to use premium check in unless Gold or Platinum? That'd be, what, 1 or 2 per flight max?

And what about MFU and PlusGrade?
Oh.. so the flight I redeemed means I have to stand in the economy line now? Wth..
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:47 am
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Can't tell if this will be a good or bad, but knowing our luck - bad.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:54 am
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Just when I thought it couldn't get worse than the last devaluation
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Old Aug 20, 15, 9:04 am
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The check-in based on tier status is definitely a real downgrade. Luckily I have booked my 6 award flights in first and business for next February so the old rules apply and I will be able to use premium check in. Lounga access reamins unchanged. Doesn't seem to make any sense to me but would not stop me from booking a J or F award in the future if it was best for my needs. Limo service remains for award flights from what I see which is a much important benefit.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by hzv5wk View Post
Z class tickets no longer being eligible for upgrades.
Didn't that already change some time back?

Edit: yes, indeed.


Originally Posted by EtihadGuest
As of 8 July 2015, members who purchase an Etihad Airways Breaking Deals fare (fare classes T, E and Z), will not be able to use miles to upgrade to Business or First Class at the airport, via the call centre or online.

However, if the Breaking Deals fare was issued before 8 July 2015 (on fare class E or Z), members will still be eligible to upgrade to Business or First Class by contacting the Etihad Guest Call Centre up to 48 hours in advance of the flight’s scheduled departure time.

Breaking Deals fare class T has never been eligible for upgrade to Business Class.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 9:31 am
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Disappointing

Yet another reason to reconsider Etihad. In particular the reduction in luggage...
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Old Aug 20, 15, 9:49 am
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The new excess luggage rates from the US/Canada are abhorrent.

Currently an additional 23 kg box is $140-$175, depending on it it was booked online or at the airport (used to $137/500AED a few years ago). The new rates put it at $210 online/$300 at the airport. Extra weight from 23-32 kg goes from a flat $50 (payable only at the airport) to $87.5 (online) to $125 (airport).

I frequently travel with extra weight/pieces, and this change alone will push me completely to Emirates.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 10:48 am
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Business breaking deals

I wonder how much cheaper this type of fare will be compared to Business a Saver. From BKK to MAN a saver ticket is approx 850
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Old Aug 20, 15, 11:17 am
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Thumbs down

This airline stinks in their maneuvers! For me I was only sticking around because of the preclearance but I dont think that's a really big deal and to hell with them. I just want to avoid it completely. A big boo to EY
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Old Aug 20, 15, 1:20 pm
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Originally Posted by RowH View Post
Strangest one (for me) is this:


Business and First ticket holders acquired via Guest Seat not allowed to use premium check in unless Gold or Platinum? That'd be, what, 1 or 2 per flight max?

And what about MFU and PlusGrade?
Could not find that statement. Where was that written?
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Old Aug 20, 15, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by h1ghfly3r View Post
Could not find that statement. Where was that written?
http://www.etihad.com/en/plan-and-bo...ices-overview/

Business Class -> Guest Seat -> Priority check-in*** -> "Based on tier status"
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Old Aug 20, 15, 2:41 pm
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according to the info below;

http://www.etihad.com/en/plan-and-bo...ices-overview/

fare class D earns 175% miles (Z 115%)

FARE TYPE
BREAKING DEALS SAVER FREEDOM GUEST SEAT
Booking class (Z) (W), (D,C,J) I
Fare basis JB JS JF GJ
Miles earned 115% 130% 175% 0%****




However on the Etihad mileage calculator....

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/earn-m...ge-calculator/

How many miles will I earn?

Simply enter the details of your trip, along with your cabin of travel, to find out how many miles you will earn on your next Etihad Airways flight.

Destination and dates
From DUB

To BKK

One way / Return
Return One way
Guest travel class
Economy Business First
Your membership tier level
Etihad Guest Etihad Guest Silver Etihad Guest Gold (yes) Etihad Guest Platinum
View miles
How much you will earn
FOR THIS TRIP YOU WOULD EARN MILES
Z,W,D -- Fare Class of Business 12195
C,J -- Fare Class of Business 15244



Which is correct?
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