If you have enough time to enjoy it, then this is a great way to hack your way into the luxury usually reserved for passengers flying ‘The Residence’.

The Residence & lounge locations

Etihad’s three-room The Residence onboard product is exclusively featured on their A380 fleet, which currently services the following airports:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • London Heathrow
  • New York JFK
  • Paris CDG
  • Sydney
EY Residence Living Room | Point Hacks

The Residence onboard living room

Etihad A380 First Class Apartment | Point Hacks
The Residence is a step up from the First Apartments on the A380

As of now, the airline is selling access to the private VIP (or Residence) Room in its lounges in Melbourne, Abu Dhabi and New York JFK.

Why is Etihad doing this?

The most likely reason is that the airlines has recently had financial troubles and is looking for other avenues to make money.

It stopped A380 service to Melbourne last October, so that room has been sitting empty a lot of the time. The decision to open the room up to non-Residence passengers in Abu Dhabi and New York JFK could be because The Residence tickets are so expensive that often the room is not occupied by someone flying in that cabin.

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What will you get?

Basically, you’ll get a private room where you can relax before your flight. You’ll still access the same food and drink offerings, free wifi and other amenities in the main part of the lounge.

EY Residence Room Official | Point Hacks
VIP Room

What you won’t get in Melbourne or New York JFK is access to a butler or special dining options—that’s only in Abu Dhabi.

Who is eligible?

You’ll need to already have access to the Etihad First & Business Class lounge by:

Access to the more private VIP Room is on a first-come, first-served basis—you cannot pre-book.

How much does it cost?

You and your travelling companions can access the Residence Room in Melbourne or New York JFK for $40 AUD or USD, respectively. In Abu Dhabi, the cost is higher, at $100 USD.

Summing up

If you already have access to the main lounge and have enough time before departure or on your layover to enjoy the extra space and privacy of the VIP Room by yourself, with travelling companions or to conduct a meeting, then this could be a good option for you.

You might also be interested in our guide to purchasing Emirates lounge access.

Supplementary photos courtesy Etihad.

Buy access to Etihad’s Residence Room in Melbourne, Abu Dhabi and New York from $40 was last modified: August 24th, 2023 by Matt Moffitt