The Ultimate Guide to Etihad Airways: Part 4 – Using KVS to Find Etihad Award Seats

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KVS is a useful tool for searching Etihad award seats without having to use the Etihad website.  The KVS tool searches the Etihad website for you and displays a list of award results.  You can see additional flight details such as:

  • Flight information, including number of stops
  • Type of airplane
  • Number of award seats available
  • Fare code of award seats
  • Award seats on other airlines

But it can be confusing to read if you aren’t familiar with airline codes and terminology.  And you have to pay for the KVS tool and the interface isn’t the best.  However, you can always use the Etihad website to find award flights for free!

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

The KVS Tool Is Another Way to Search for Award Seats on Etihad

The Ultimate Guide to Etihad Airways Index:

KVS Tool

Link:   KVS Tool 

2 Important Things to Know About the KVS Tool

You may find KVS easier to use than the Etihad website, but there are 2 things you should know.

1.   Membership Has a Price

The KVS tool is not free.  You have to pay a membership fee to use it.  But it could be worth the fee to help with award searches with not just Etihad, but many airlines!

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

You Have to Buy Diamond Membership to Search for Etihad Award Flights

KVS has 3 membership levels:

  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond

The basic level is Gold, which costs $20 for 6 months or $35 for 12 months.  However, this level does not include award seat searches.

If you want to search for award seats, you can purchase a Platinum membership.  Platinum membership includes award searches for many airlines, but not for airlines like Etihad.

Platinum membership costs:

  • $15 for 2 months
  • $35 for 6 months
  • $60 for 12 months

You get access to more airlines, including Etihad, with Diamond membership.  Diamond membership costs:

  • $20 for 2 months
  • $45 for 6 months
  • $75 for 12 months

2.   Windows Rules

The KVS tool only works on Windows operating systems.  If you have a Macintosh computer or use a PC with Linux, you have to use a Windows emulator, like Parallels or Crossover.  A Windows emulator lets you run Windows on a Mac or Linux PC.

You can download the KVS Mobile Companion on your phone or tablet.  But you can’t access award space using the KVS Mobile Companion.  And you do NOT get all the resources of the KVS tool from the KVS Mobile Companion.

Using the KVS Tool

Here’s how to search for award seats using the KVS tool.

Step 1 – Click the “Awards/Upgrades” Tab

After you open the KVS tool, click the “Awards/Upgrades” tab.

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

Click “Awards/Upgrades” to Search for Award Availability

Step 2 – Choose the Airline Alliance

Because you search award seats in KVS by airline alliance, you have to choose the airline alliance you want to fly on.

From the “Method” drop down box, scroll down to “Non-Alliance” and select “Awards/EY.”  Etihad is not part of an airline alliance and EY is the 2-letter airline code for Etihad.

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

Step 2 – Choose Awards/EY

Step 3 – Enter Your Flight Information

Put in your departing airport, arrival city, and travel date.  You can enter the date manually or click the calendar icon to select a date.  Click “GO” to search.

Let’s search for an award seat on Etihad from New York to Delhi, India.  Even if you want to fly from a different city because you are searching for Etihad flights, you should choose an Etihad gateway city.

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

Step 3 – Enter Your Travel Details

Our search reveals 2 Etihad flights from New York to Dehli with a connection in Abu Dhabi.

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

Your Search Results for Etihad Award Seats From New York to Delhi

Under “Availability” you will see the number of award seats available in First Class (FS), Business Class (CS), and coach (YS).

Here are the available award seats for both flights:

  • FS0 – 0 First Class award seats
  • CS2 – 2 Business Class seats
  • YS5 – 5 coach award seats

KVS thinks there are 0 First Class award seats because the flight from Abu Dhabi to Delhi has no First Class cabin.  So you should search for flights by segments.

Search by Individual Flight Segments to Find More Award Seats

You might see a more accurate view of which award seats are available when you search for flights by segment.

Step 1 – Search For Award Seats for Flight 1

Search for award seats from New York to Abu Dhabi following Steps 1 to 3.

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

Searching Each Flight Shows First Class Award Seats Are Available

The 1st flight on Etihad 102 shows these award seats are available:

  • FS2 – 2 First Class award seats
  • CS2 – 2 Business Class award seats
  • YS5 – 5 coach award seats

The 2nd flight, Etihad flight 100, has the following award seats available:

  • FS2 – 2 First Class award seats
  • CS0 – 0 Business Class award seats
  • YS5 – 5 coach award seats

Step 2 – Search for Award Seats for Flight 2

Search for award seats for the connecting flight from Abu Dhabi to Delhi.  Don’t forget to change the date because you would leave from Abu Dhabi 1 day after leaving from New York.

Find Etihad Awards With KVS

Step 2 – Search for Seats on the Connecting Flight 1 Day Later

There are 2 flights from Abu Dhabi to Delhi.  Both flights show:

  • FS0 – 0 First Class award seats (there is no First Class on this shorter flight)
  • CS2 – 2 Business Class award
  • YS5 – 5 coach award seats

While you can’t have a stopover on a single American Airlines award ticket, you can have a connection of up to 23 hours and 59 minutes.  You can choose any connecting flight as long as your connection is less than 24 hours.  You could choose the later flight so you get more time in Abu Dhabi.

Bottom Line

If you don’t want to use the Etihad website to look for award seats on Etihad, you can use the KVS tool.  The KVS tool is great if you’re an aviation geek and want to know what type of plane you’re flying and the fare code of the award ticket.  Or if you will use it for award searches on other airlines. But it can be confusing to use!

You have to pay to use the KVS tool.  You can choose from 1 of 3 membership levels: Gold, Platinum, or Diamond.  To search for Etihad award flights, you must be a Diamond member.

The KVS tool only works on computers with a Windows operating system.  If you have a Mac or use Linux you need to use a Windows emulator like Parallels or Crossover.

You do NOT get all the resources of the KVS tool from the KVS Mobile Companion.  So you can’t search for award seats using the KVS Mobile Companion.

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5 responses to “The Ultimate Guide to Etihad Airways: Part 4 – Using KVS to Find Etihad Award Seats

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  4. KVS is the most user unfriendly interface ever… it looks like it was designed in 1989 and hasn’t changed since.

  5. What would be the best (and free) way to search Qatar Availability?