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Free upgrades and value holidays

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First Published: Fri, Feb 20 2009. 09 34 PM IST

 Live it up: Etihad is giving away premium seats at economy prices. Etihad Airways
Live it up: Etihad is giving away premium seats at economy prices. Etihad Airways
Updated: Fri, Feb 20 2009. 09 34 PM IST
Break through the class barrier
Etihad, the UAE’s award-winning airline, is moving with the times. Nothing as déclassé as discounts, though, for the “premium” airline: It’s offering business-class seats for economy passengers and first-class upgrades for business fares. So Rs39,990—the economy fare—will buy you a business class seat from Mumbai to Geneva, Frankfurt, London and Paris; and for Rs84,990—the business-class fare—you fly first class to the same destinations.
Live it up: Etihad is giving away premium seats at economy prices. Etihad Airways
Across the pond, New York is yours for the taking for Rs74,990 (business class) or Rs1,57,990 (first class). So what’s the catch? There are a few: Bookings have to be made by 28 February; outbound travel needs to be completed by 31 March and you have to be back in the country by 31 May. Also, the fares stated are exclusive of taxes, fees and fuel surcharges. And yes, the tickets are going fast. For the full list of flights and fares from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, log on to www.etihadairways.com
Beat the budget
Have half a mind on a getaway and the other half on the bank balance? Try Travelguru’s Magic Holidays.
The travel portal is offering a two-nights-for-one deal across 100 hotels, from budget to four-star, at 36 Indian destinations. Among the most recommended: the Grandeur Group Houseboat in Kumarakom (Rs3,788 for one night, the second night free) and the Mashobra Spa and Resort (Rs3,472 for one night, the second night free). Other options include old faves Coorg, Gangtok, Manali and Nainital.
What’s more, you can club it with other Travelguru offers and rewards programmes—which basically means proper planning could slash your travel budget enough for you to squeeze in another holiday.
Best of all, they promise there are no hidden costs whatsoever. So you won’t be surprised by premiums for garden views or charges for the fruit basket. Bookings and stays need to be availed of by 31 March, though, and it works on a first-come, first-served basis. Log on to www.travelguru.com for details.
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First Published: Fri, Feb 20 2009. 09 34 PM IST