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Etihad Airways is cutting back its free chauffeur drive service as of July 3.
Business class and first class travellers in all cities other than Etihad's home port of Abu Dhabi will now be charged for the service, at what the airline describes as 'specially negotiated rates' through designated local contractors.
The only exception will be those well-heeled high flyers in Etihad's Airbus A380 Residence, who will – as one would expect - continue to enjoy a complimentary ride at both ends of their journey.
Etihad says that first and business class tickets issued prior to 3 July 2017 "will not be affected by these changes and will receive complimentary chauffeur service across destinations where the service is currently offered."
As previously reported, the airline has also opened the doors of its 'premium' airport lounges – normally reserved for first and business class travellers and top-tier frequent flyers – to economy class passengers.
Similarly, passengers can pay their way into the airline’s luxurious flagship First Class Lounge & Spa when flying from or transiting through Abu Dhabi at US$200 (A$266) if they're in economy or business class, or US$100 (A$133) if they are in business class and hold Gold status in the Etihad Guest frequent flyer scheme.