Yahoo Travel: How I Got a $5,000 Luxury Trip to the Middle East for Less Than $1,500

This past Christmas morning, a real-life miracle happened. I woke up to find ridiculously low roundtrip fares from New York City to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, through Etihad Airways on

They were just $177.80! It was unclear whether the fares were a promotion or a mistake. Either way, these fares weren’t going to last long! My fingers could not type fast enough to secure them while simultaneously researching the destination to calculate the number of days I needed. The goal was to book the flights before the error was discovered and/or the promotion was sold out. I randomly selected six nights/seven days. I felt like I won the lottery when my flight was confirmed. The fare turned out to be an error, but Etihad, to their credit, honored the booking.