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If you’ve following along the saga of our failed Indian Visas ( the biggest travel mistake of my life ) then you’ve known an Etihad Apartments review was coming. To those of you who haven’t been, here’s the low down. My fiancee and I were on a trip around Southeast Asia and got denied boarding of our flight to India. The long and short of why is this: we didn’t have a single leg of the 3 week trip booked until 2 days before our first flight, and in the chaos of it all, booked Singapore Suites to Delhi because I found space for us. In the fog of the it all, I’d only given the visa situation a quick goolge and saw it said Visa on Arrival. Big Mistake. It’s not, you need to get it processed online prior to departure and present a paperwork showing such processing, and we had nothing. In highsight, I think the Indian trip would have been quite hectic at the end of a trip that was already proving to be a bit tiresome, and as this video shows…not all mistakes have bad endings.
After running around Singapore in search of getting a visa quickly issued ( this included the Indian embassy and alternate processing centers ) we threw in the towel. Luckily, I have quite a bit of practice in award booking, and within roughly 60 minutes had found us alternate flights that I hoped would prove to be as fun and cool as Singapore Suites. What were they? Etihad First Class aboard the 777-300ER and Etihad Apartments aboard the A380. Both of these were booked using AA miles ( 90k ) and roughly $30. When the dust settled we found ourselves leaving within a couple hours of our original departure, flying in two incredible first class cabins, a night in Abu Dhabi, and 3 nights in Paris. As luck would have it, while we were waiting for our departure to AUH, I also landed us two first class tickets back from Paris on Lufthansa using 70k Aeroplan miles.
Here’s a look at our flight from Abu Dhabi to Paris aboard Etihad Apartments on the A380.
If you’d like to see our Etihad First Class flight on the 77W from Singapore to Abu Dhabi, you can do so here:
This wasn’t the first time I’d been in Etihad Apartments, although this was the first time it was booked for me. Both my parents flew in Etihad Apartments on my Mom’s Around the World trip in 2017.
I’ll have a full written review of Etihad Apartments posted soon and will update this post when it’s available!
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Capital One lit the premium card market on fire when it dropped this card. It quickly was added to our wallet for the following reason!
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♥$300 Annual Travel credit within Capital One Travel Portal
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♥5x on airfare purchased within Capital One Travel
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- Access to the Capital One lounge network
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♥ 10k Anniversary Miles every year you keep the card – worth $100 in Capital One Travel or transferred to partners
♥$395 Annual Fee
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