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Etihad Airways Introduces Hand Baggage Only Fares logo 9/11/2018

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Travelers who tend to pack light whenever they are on the road will benefit most from Etihad Airways' newest Economy Class fares. Known as the ‘Deal Fare', passengers who opt to purchase Etihad's hand baggage only fares will fork out lower fares in Economy Class since no checked baggage is involved. This fare option does, however, include a free carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg, roughly 15.4lbs.

But before you start leaping off your seats in sheer excitement, the ‘Deal Fare' is only available across selected destinations at this time. Etihad has not indicated if the airline will extend this fare option across its network in the future.

Etihad's Chief Commercial Officer Robin Kamark shared the carrier actually experimented with the ‘Deal Fare' late last year and it proved to be a success. The purchasing behavior of travelers cemented the idea that passengers appreciate having access to more choices and options; travelers also like the fact that they could pick the option that best suits their travel needs.

For now at least, the ‘Deal Fare' is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

What if you realized you need to check in your bag after all having already purchased your ‘Deal Fare' ticket? The good news is there is some flexibility - you can simply purchase extra allowance at check-in or purchase online in advance the moment you figure you need to add additional checked baggage to your flight reservation. The latter comes with a 20% discount.

On another note, Etihad Guest members will continue to enjoy free checked baggage allowance even if they have purchased ‘Deal Fare' tickets. The amount of complimentary checked baggage allowance you will receive corresponds to your elite status tier: Etihad Guest Platinum members will enjoy free baggage allowance of 20kg; Etihad Guest Gold 15kg; and Etihad Guest Silver 10kg.

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