January Travel Plans

Some months ago there was a mistake fare from Mahe in the Seychelles to Dublin, in Business Class on a mixture of Air Seychelles and Etihad.

The trick was arranging a flight to get me there, but luckily United’s partner Ethiopian came through with a routing from Dublin, via Frankfurt and Addis Ababa with Mileage Plus miles and not a lot in taxes. The FRA-ADD segment is on the 787, my first time.


It’s nearly 12,000 miles over a weekend so it’s going to be ‘fun’. However, there are a number of firsts for me:

  • First time on Ethiopian Airlines
  • First flight on a B787
  • First time in Addis Ababa
  • First time on Air Seychelles
  • First time on Etihad
  • First time in Abu Dhabi
  • First stay at the Hilton Northolme, Seychelles.

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Any suggestions to help maximise these ‘Firsts’ ?


  1. AWESOME, I will be right behind you in March! I am doing TK Business IAH-IST-ADD and Etiopian over to SEZ. Staying at the LeMeridan in SEZ and the new St. Regis in downtown Abu Dabi. I am really looking forward to your review!

    Safe Travels!

  2. Just curious why you are doing this since you will not earn any miles on either UA or BA; so why ‘waste’ time and money?

    If you are flying ET in whY, the experience will be very familiar – similar to UA/Y except that you will get better food. The Hilton in Seychelles has definitely seen better days.

  3. @Schrott:
    I will be in ET in Business. As to the reason – well who can resist a sale, which is pretty much what the mistake fare is.
    Plus I get to do the 787, ET for the first time and some of the other first.
    I’ve never done an overwater villa before and this gave me a chance to get some sun when the skies in the UK are grey.

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