You Won't Believe How Much This Flight Costs

Dara Continenza, December 03, 2014
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    Etihad Airways, the flag carrier airline of the United Arab Emirates, is showing off its super-luxurious Residence suite at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, hoping to catch the eye of the moneyed travelers, millionaire celebs, and royalty in attendance.

    If you're not at the F1 race, not to worry—you can still book the Residence. You'll just need a spare $20,000. (And you thought your Thanksgiving flight was a little pricey.)

    What does 20K get you? First, a 125-square-foot cabin in the airplane with three separate suites, including a living room with leather furniture, a 32-inch television, and a dining area; a double bedroom with Egyptian-cotton sheets and choice of pillows; and a carpeted bathroom with shower and bathrobes. Oh, and an in-flight chef with a customizable menu. And a luxury chauffer. And private check-in. And service from a white-gloved butler, trained at the Savoy in London, who can do everything from sew a button to wrap a gift.

    The Residence makes its debut on Etihad's London-Abu Dhabi route next month, but the airline is planning to expand the luxurious digs on flights to New York, Paris, Melbourne, and Sydney soon. The cabin can be found on the super-jumbo double-decker A380 aircraft.

    Of course, the Residence is sold out for the airline's first 10 flights, but you can see more photos on Etihad's website. You know, in case you're looking for a wee stocking stuffer for your friendly neighborhood travel editor.

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    This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title You Won't Believe How Much This Flight Costs. Follow Dara Continenza on Google+ or email her at