Etihad launches new fare choices

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Etihad Airways will implement a new fare structure from 14 September, to provide more choice and clarity when booking flights.

A total of eight new fare choices are said to be transparent and differ in baggage allowance, flexibility and included benefits that otherwise need to be purchased separately. Additionally, an adapted baggage policy should provide guests with a more standardised baggage allowance structure across the Etihad partner network, while also reducing the price for excess baggage charges on most routes.

All bookings ticketed from 14 September 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.

As part of the baggage policy change, the cost of excess baggage will be cut on the majority of fares. On some routes the cost of buying an additional 23 kilogram piece of baggage will be reduced by up to 90%, with a further reduction of up to 30% if pre-purchased directly with the airline up to 24 hours before travel. The new baggage policy will also come into effect for bookings on or after 14 September.