Etihad Guest has brought back its offer of a 25% bonus on points you transfer into their scheme. It is 14 months since we last saw this offer.
You can find full details of this offer on the Etihad website here. The closing date is 31st July.
Let me say upfront that there is major change this year. American Express Membership Rewards and HSBC Premier are not participating. Neither is Starwood, but that is usual. This means that your three main routes for doing a substantial points transfer are closed.
Relevant partners for UK readers are:
Hyatt Gold Passport
IHG Rewards Club
Le Club Accor Hotels
Shangri-La Golden Circle
The bonus also applies to transfers from their Middle East banking partners.
Before you top up your Etihad account, remember that it may not be necessary. You only need to have 75% of the miles for a redemption in your account. You can effectively ‘buy’ the additional 25% at the low price of 0.58p per mile by doing a ‘cash and points’ redemption. This is a very good deal as I outlined in this article.
The deadline for transfers is 31st July which is the last day to initiate a move.
Personally, even though I need to top up my Etihad account, I am not impressed by this offer now that American Express is not included. If I do end up needing a points transfer to get to my Etihad miles target, I would rather do a transfer from American Express – where I have a high balance – than run down my hotel balances. If you are looking to empty out some hotel accounts, remember that British Airways is currently offering a more generous 35% bonus for another three days.