When it comes to Etihad’s gorgeous A380s, they’ve no doubt garnered the most attention for The Residence, which is their private three room suite with butler service, located at the front of the first class cabin.
It features a living room, bedroom, and even a private bathroom with shower.
When The Residence was first introduced, it was consistently insanely expensive. There weren’t any discounts for creatively originating travels in cities that are typically known for cheap airfare. However, over time that has changed.
In December I wrote about Etihad’s reasonable pricing in The Residence between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai. While it’s still by no means cheap (when you consider how short of a flight it is), it is a much better deal than the $30,000+ price tag on a longhaul flight in The Residence.
Then in January I wrote about how Etihad’s pricing in The Residence was nicely discounted when flying to New York, if originating in Mumbai rather than Abu Dhabi. A one-way ticket with two segments in The Residence cost ~$13,000.
Unfortunately in the case of both of these fares, taking a second passenger in The Residence raises the price significantly. Historically on “full fare” tickets in The Residence, you could take a second passenger just for the cost of the taxes on the ticket.
While the difference isn’t massive, I do think it’s interesting to note that you can score an even cheaper ticket in The Residence by originating travel in Cairo.
For example, you can fly from Cairo to Abu Dhabi to Mumbai, with the second segment in The Residence, for $2,291:
Or you can fly from Cairo to Abu Dhabi to Sydney, with the second segment in The Residence, for $8,737:
Or you can fly from Cairo to Abu Dhabi to New York, with the second segment in The Residence, for $10,230:
The prices increase significantly if you add a second passenger on either itinerary, though. To Mumbai the fare increases to $3,595, to Sydney the fare increases to $11,550, and to New York the fare increases to $14,043.
Even ex-Cairo, these fares are still a lot of money. However, I do think it’s at least worth pointing out the improved values to be had. I know a lot of people are interested in The Residence, and it looks to me like there’s an uptick in bookings (at least to Mumbai), so it’s at least worth pointing out the opportunities to score a discount on the product.