I’m looking at booking an Etihad flight from Toronto (YYZ) to Perth (PER) via Abu Dhabi (AUH) on 6 February next year; and Etihad’s website shows there is plenty of availability for Guest Business seats.
I can find availability on the Virgin website if I search per segment (YYZ to AUH - EY140 on 6 Feb; and AUH to PER - EY486 on 7 Feb), but not if I search YYZ to PER.
The stopover time in AUH is around 11 hours, well under the 24 hour limit I thought applied to ensure it can be processed on a single booking.
Upon calling Velocity they advised that the AUH to PER flight isn’t classified as a connecting flight; so it would therefore be priced per segment at 170,000 Velocity points. I expected it to be 139,000 points.
I’ve not heard of this before, and the agent didn’t explain it particularly well. He mentioned something like New York (JFK) - Abu Dhabi (AUH) - Perth (PER) would be classified as a connecting flight and could be completed on a single booking; but there’s much less award availability for that route. Has anyone come across this before? Any tips for getting around it?