[Update: Deal now appears to be pulled]
A new fare has emerged for travel from Colombo to Dallas/Fort Worth and back to Colombo, which includes Business Class on Sri Lankan/Etihad, First Class on Etihad and First Class on American Airlines, which is $1450 all inclusive. For positioning, Indians could always use a flight from Jet Airways or Sri Lankan, while other South East Asian nations should also not be hard to position.
The fare is available for $1300 onwards, if you book Colombo – Abu Dhabi – Chicago – Dallas, but this would be an all business class fare. If you route yourself via Paris, you’d also get to experience the wonderful Etihad First class along the way, and get to try out the
new American Airlines First Class as well.
Here is a snapshot of the fare from ITA, where you can see it is pretty much open for all dates, short or long dated.
Then I tried to construct the fare on the Etihad website, via Paris, which returned this.
Now, I’ve had the pleasure of flying Etihad 101 between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK, and it was a marvellous experience. If you guys are planning a trip to the United States anyways, you may want to look at this fare as well. And yes, this is a non-refundable fare, so you lose all your money if you don’t travel on the dates you are booked for and want to cancel it.