Etihad Airways gives absolutely every passenger the opportunity to spend 2 nights in respectable Abu Dhabi hotels for FREE. This is a unique opportunity to explore the country and one of the most beautiful cities in the UAE. The cost of hotels in Abu Dhabi is quite high, especially when it comes to staying in hotels of category 4 and 5 stars, which are more like palaces of sheikhs – over 200 USD per night! Therefore, when you have the opportunity to stay in such hotels for two nights completely free of charge – you should think about it! After all, this is a great opportunity to extend your travel to Thailand or any country for another two days. Moreover, no one will forbid you to visit and Dubai – the most popular city among tourists in the neighboring emirate.
In order to receive a voucher from Etihad for free accommodation in Abu Dhabi hotels, you must complete the TWO CONDITIONS:
Condition number 1. You must purchase a ticket with a 2-day stop in Abu Dhabi on the Etihad Airways official website. To receive a voucher for free accommodation in hotels, the duration of the transfer should allow you to spend two nights in the UAE. Those. This is a regular ticket with a long transfer. Given that most of the routes of this airline to Asia, Africa, Europe and America in any case suggest a stop in Abu Dhabi, with this condition should not be a problem. To select such a flight, click on the link and select the item: Multiple destinations / Stopovers.
After that, on the page that opens, choose flights in such a way that the first flight is to Abu Dhabi, and the second – from Abu Dhabi to the next airport. In this case, the return flight, you can choose direct, even if tis flight also implies a mandatory stop in Abu Dhabi. (see screenshot). If you have another airport on the route – you can click on the Add Another Flight button and enter the required data. If you want to flight to one way, you don’t need add a return ticket at all, it will not affect the possibility of getting a free hotel.
Condition number 2. You must book and pay for a flight with a 2-day stop in Abu Dhabi no later than March 1, 2020. And your journey must be completed before March 31, 2020. If the trip takes place later than 31.03.2020, you can receive a second night at the hotel from Etihad Airways, and you must pay for the first one yourself (from 44 USD per night). The exception is first class flight tickets for which this promotion is perpetual.
How to choose a free hotel in Abu Dhabi
After you have booked and paid for your ticket on the Etihad Airways website with a stop in Abu Dhabi, you can follow this link to a selection of free hotels. A total of about 60 hotels are available, of which most hotels are categories of 4 and 5 stars. After clicking on the link, you will see a standard search form at the top of the page. You must select the city of Abu Dhabi and enter the dates of your 2-day stop. By default, you get 2-person toll-free numbers, but you can choose more guests (in this case the number of available hotels may be reduced).
Next you have to click on the Search Hotels button. A new page will open and you will see that the Etihad Airways special promotional code has worked (see screenshot). Now you have to choose any of the available hotels. You can see that in the column Per Night costs 0 USD. This confirms that accommodation in all available hotels will be free for you. Do not try to choose 3 or more nights – in this case hotels will not be available. For your convenience, at the top left there is a map of the city, which shows the location of hotels You can choose both city hotels and those located on the seashore (Persian Gulf).
How To Book Free Hotel In Abu Dhabi
After you have chosen a hotel (before that you can click on the Choose a Room button to read reviews and view a hotel photo), on the hotel’s page you should click the Book This button. Next, the Etihad Holidays page opens and you will need to fill in a few fields. You can see a sample fill in the screenshot. Be sure to enter a valid email address to which you will receive a booking confirmation. Phone is indicated for emergency communication. In this form it is not necessary to indicate the data of the person who will make the trip.
In the right sidebar you can see the real cost of living in the hotel. In my case, this is 371 USD for 2 nights. The price may vary and usually it is lower in the evening (it was 455 USD in the morning in my case). Agree, it is not every day you can get such a gift! Remember the real cost of your booking. I will write the reason for this later in this article. After filling in all the fields, you should click on the Continue button. Now you have to fill in the data of exactly those people who will make the flight and stay at the hotel. Everything is simple there: enter the name, surname, nationality and number of your account in the Etihad Guest loyalty program. The fourth field is optional. Click Continue button.
The next form to fill out is flight information. The top line – PNR No – is the 6-digit number of your e-ticket. You will receive it after booking and paying for the flight. Next, you should select the city from which you arrived, the flight number and time of arrival in Abu Dhabi (note the time in 12-digit format). The next line is the city to which you will fly further from Abu Dhabi, the number of this flight and the time of departure.
The last form you need to fill out is information about your payment card. You must write the cardholder’s name, card number, 3-digit secret code (you will find it on the back of the card, next to the owner’s signature) and select the card’s expiration date (it should not end earlier than the time you stop in Abu Dhabi) . Now it remains to put a 2 tick at the bottom of the page about accepting the terms of the promotion and click Book Now. After Etihad Airways has checked all your flight information with a 2-day stopover, you will receive a voucher for free accommodation at the selected hotel for two nights (to the specified email address).
Surely you have a legitimate question: why do you have to provide credit card details if the hotel stay is completely free? The answer is very simple: if for some reason you do not appear at the hotel (for example, if you refuse to travel), you will have to pay the full cost of living in the selected hotel. Remember, I advised to remember the real price of the hotel? It will really hurt and offensive if you have to pay a lot of money and not live in a hotel. Therefore, I advise you to book a free hotel a few weeks before the flight. When you are 99% sure that your journey will take place. During the selection of the hotel, you can also choose varaints with free cancellation 2-3 days before the day of travel.
Before booking a ticket with a two-day stop in Abu Dhabi, make sure that you have the right to visit the United Arab Emirates without a visa or in advance take care to obtain a visa of this country. I also remind you that all passengers of Etihad Airways have the opportunity to reach the city center on the free shuttle bus company. You can reserve a seat on the Etihad Airways website (you need to specify the last name and PNR number of the ticket reservation). There is a possibility of free transfer to Dubai and Al Ain and back from these cities. Also, the airport has a regular bus that takes you from the airport to the city center for only 1.5-2.5 USD.
I advise you to register with Etihad loyalty program after purchasing a ticket. This registration is free and takes only a few minutes. All members of the Etihad loyalty program receive bonus miles for each flight on Etihad Airways flights, during their stay at a number of hotels, when shopping at retail stores, etc. The advantage of being a member of the Etihad Airways loyalty program is the ability to spend your bonus miles like cash. To do this, you can order a virtual or physical VISA card on the website and exchange bonus miles for real money.
I hope after reading this detailed instruction you have no questions about how you can use the gift from Etihad and spend 2 nights in one of the luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi for free! Enjoy your vacation in Abu Dhabi and the UAE and safe flights!
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