The 7 reasons why Etihad’s 787 Business Studio is the best $7 I’ve ever spent

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I still think about Etihad’s Business Studio. A lot. Probs too much. I miss her.

Do I have a problem? Am I not over the night I spent with Etihad where she swaddled me in her 787 Dreamliner Business Studio luxuries? She’s a beautiful, exotic, pampering princess of opulence that leaves a trail of passengers longing for her company.  It’s no wonder I’m still obsessed. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

*Warning: you may fall under her spell as well.

Here are just 7 of the reasons I’m still swooning a year later

  1. It cost me just $7 and 67,500 Aadvantage miles or
  2. You enter from the Lounge…could it get any better? No ploebs, please. 😉
  3. The Etihad boarding music is Emirati bliss
  4. I flew backwards…which was on my bucket list
  5. The hard and soft product are truly exceptional. What’s better than baller…maybe Baller XL – that’s why this is Baller XXL
  6. After an incredible flight – you can kick it in a dope arrival’s lounge where you…
  7. Take a free Chauffeured Audi to your destination.
  8. Did I mention it cost $7 – ya…ridics.


Here’s a look at the itinerary that I flew last year.

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Here’s what it would have cost to pay out of pocket: did I mention I paid $7?

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1. The Etihad 787 Business Studio cost me just $7

That’s right folks – the booking fee was $7. I also got a free positioning flight to IAD from LAX as a part of the ticket. If you’re interested in seeing how to do this…check out my tutorial.

If this doesn’t make you run around your living room in glee, what will? You can do it too. In fact, the current American Award chart has this flight for 70k and $7. Check it here:

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Miles was so excited he passed out for a second… I waived Champagne under his nose like smelling salts – worked like magic!

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2. You enter the plane directly from the lounge – like a BOSS

That’s right, after you have enjoyed a sit down meal, or a buffet if you prefer, you then board the plane straight from the lounge. I challenge you to not brush your shoulders off, do a pimp step, and do this:

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Right before you see this:

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If you have heart problems…I’d recommend taking a deep breath because the cabin is just that beautiful.

3. Etihad Boarding music is Emirati bliss:

I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it’s amazing. You can listen here.

4. Yep, I flew backwards. It’s something you must do

Dave, much like Jack Nicholson, was cool enough to wear shades inside, at night – because this plane and cabin amplify your inner swag. As you can also see, he’s facing the same direction the plane is boarding. Disregard all the jealousy and envy pouring out of the faces of the econ passengers…I’d feel the same too.

Etihad 787 Business Studio
Facing the same direction as they Board the plane

5. The Hard and Soft product are Baller…nix that – Baller XXL

  • Hard product refers to the things that are bolted down. Seat, IFE, bathrooms, etc.
  • Soft refers to the food, the entertainment in the IFE, the Pajamas – Man, I loved the pjs.

Etihad 787 Business Studio

Etihad 787 Business Studio

6. After the flight you can kick it in the Arrival’s lounge for a shave 

If you haven’t had enough pampering on the nearly 13 hour flight, well then, of course you can indulge more in the Arrival’s lounge. Did I mention this cost $7? Have a shower, shave, or just a refreshment – it’s all yours to enjoy.

Etihad 787 Business Studio
Arrival lounge
barber? shave? shower?
barber? shave? shower?

7. Take a Chauffeur to your destination for the price of…. “on the house”

Just call ahead of time and book the chauffeur which is included on award flights! Incred.

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And we were off to the Grand Hyatt Dubai – an hour away…all included!

Grand Hyatt DUbai
Grand Hyatt Dubai


If this is the sort of thing that you’d like to do: you can read more

And how you can book Etihad tickets with American Airlines here

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  • James May 15, 2017

    I see you were in seat 8H Is that a window seat? I’m actually in that seat for the first leg of my trip and was disappointed because the airline says it is not a window seat. But I see that it looks like you have a window?

    • Miles May 15, 2017

      Hey James – The cabin is configured 1-2-1. The “1” seats are window seats. The pods alternate favoring the window or the aisle depending on fwd or rear facing. Either way you can see out the window it’s just whether the storage/table is set to the inside next to the window or to the outside next to the aisle. I specifically wanted to fly facing rear, but if you’re looking for a little more privacy I’d select the fwd facing as the seat is set to the inside next to the window with the table/storage area in between you and the aisle. Either way it’s very nice.

  • James May 15, 2017

    I see you were in seat 88. Is that a window seat? I’m actually in that seat for the first leg of my trip and was disappointed because the airline says it is not a window seat. But I see that it looks like you have a window?

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