Getting from Miami to Sri Lanka is no easy feat. There are no direct flights, and even only one stop is hard to come by. During my research, I found that Etihad Airways had a very nice stopover program in Abu Dhabi that fit within my schedule so I went for it! Price below include business class (super nice!) on the way back and 6 flights from Miami to Chicago to Abu Dhabi to Colombo and back. You can bid online to get upgraded up to 48 hours before your flight.
Take advantage of the reduced rates with the Etihad Airways stopover program. We opted to stay in Abu Dhabi at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Canal and had a great time. UAE is known for over-the-top hotels, so don’t miss out on visiting the Emirates Palace, Etihad Towers, Burj Khalifa (Dubai), and the Burj Al Arab (Dubai).
The $3-billion Emirates Palace hotel, a kilometer (0.6 miles) from end to end, sprawls on a white beach 4,265 feet (1.3 kilometers) long and features 114 domes—the tallest climbs 238 feet (72.5 meters)—and over a thousand Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
The country was formerly called as Ceylon, Serendib. The local people shortly call it Shri Lanka or Ilankai. The conventional short form is called Sri Lanka and the conventional long form comes to Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.