20 Aug 2015 08:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will implement a new fare structure from 14 September 2015 to provide more choice and clarity when booking flights.
A total of eight new ‘Fare Choices’ will be
introduced, allowing travellers to tailor their bookings to their individual
needs. The ‘Fare Choices’ are transparent and differ in baggage allowance,
flexibility and included benefits that otherwise need to be purchased
separately. Additionally, an adapted baggage policy will provide guests with a more
standardised baggage allowance structure across the Etihad Airways Partner
network, while also reducing the price for excess baggage charges on most
All bookings ticketed from 14 September 2015 will be
split into distinct fare choices. The structure for Economy Class includes
Economy Breaking Deals, Economy Saver, Economy Value and Economy Freedom.
Business Class includes Business Breaking Deals, Business Saver and Business
Freedom, while in First Class there will only be one fare family – Freedom.
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad
Airways, said: “Ultimately, this is about providing choice. In most industries
there is a move towards allowing customers to tailor and customise their
experience, and ours is no different. When it comes to booking a flight, not
everyone’s needs are the same. 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. For example, if a guest wants more
flexibility, more luggage, and priority check in, they can select our Economy
Freedom Fare Choice.”
A new baggage policy has also been announced to more
flexibly respond to individual customer needs and to better align Etihad
Airways with other Etihad Airways Partner airlines.
part of the policy change, the cost of excess baggage will be dramatically cut
on the majority of fares. On some routes the cost of buying an additional 23kg
piece of baggage will be reduced by up to 90 per cent, with a further reduction
of up to 30 per cent if pre-purchased directly with Etihad Airways up to 24
hours before travel. The new baggage
policy will also come into effect for bookings on or after 14 September.
The new flexible fare structure will be available
through all of Etihad Airways’ booking channels, including its website
(etihad.com), retail outlets and global contact centre, as well as travel
More information on Etihad Airways’ new ‘Fare Choices’
and baggage policy is available on www.etihad.com/farechoices.