Etihad and Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest is the loyalty scheme for Etihad Airways. The articles below outline the best ways of earning and spending your points if you are based in the UK. I also review the First Class Apartment on the A380, the First Class Suite on their Boeing 777, the Business Class Studio on their A380 and the Etihad lounges at Heathrow Terminal 4 and Abu Dhabi Terminal 3.

For further information on Etihad and Etihad Guest, visit their website here.

Bits: Bigger BA Holidays discounts in the BA sale, Etihad Guest devalues

News in brief: Extra BA sale discounts on holidays Last week British Airways launched its latest World Sale with discounts on long-haul and short-haul flights in all classes as well as special deals on BA Holidays packages. Until 12th September BA is running a further […]

Bits: Exclusive HFP competition, two Lufthansa hotel deals, free Etihad First Class upgrade

News in brief: Exclusive HFP competition coming on Monday On Monday we will be launching an exclusive competition with Chivas Regal whisky (an excellent choice if you’re looking for a duty free purchase!) giving away a VIP distillery tour.  One lucky reader will win a trip […]

Bits: earn Avios at Rolling Luggage, register for new SPG promo, Good To Go Parking sale

News in brief: Earn Avios with Rolling Luggage EDIT: the rules of this promo have now changed. A £100 purchase is required to earn 1,000 Avios. Avios has launched a new partnership with luggage retailer Rolling Luggage. At present it is only valid online via […]

What is the best Visa or MasterCard travel loyalty credit card?

I continue to get a steady stream of reader emails looking for advice on the best Visa or MasterCard miles and points card.  With earning rates being cut following the EU cap on interchange fees, it isn’t easy. The Head for Points credit card guide […]

Bits: £15 Heathrow Express Saturdays, Etihad sale now on

More news in brief: Heathrow Express launches £15 Saturday tickets Following the end of its £15 August promotion, Heathrow Express will continue to offer discounted tickets to passengers on a Saturday for the rest of the year. A one-way ticket purchased on a Saturday will […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. This facility is mentioned on the Amex website here although it does not mention the price. […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 2 (Airlines and Shopping)

This is the second part of the updated article I began two weeks ago, discussing the best ways to ‘zero out’ loyalty card accounts which you want to abandon.  You need to remember that you may first need to ‘top off’ an account by earning a few […]

Bits: Etihad closes Heathrow spa, airberlin Topbonus suspended

News in brief: Etihad closes the Six Senses Spa in its Heathrow lounge Etihad has announced that the Six Senses Spa in its lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 will close on 31st August.  This is very short notice for anyone with a premium cabin flight […]

Bits: Gatwick to NYC cancellations, £28 BA Bordeaux flights, more on Australia domestics

News in brief: BA strike hitting Gatwick to New York this month Another wave of British Airways cabin crew strikes start today, running to 15th August. This only impact flights from Heathrow, with Gatwick, London City and ‘Regional CityFlyer’ services unaffected.  That said, most passengers will […]

Bits: Etihad drops free chauffeur transfers, IG Index drops credit card fees

News in brief: Etihad drops free chauffeur transfers Times are getting tougher for the Middle Eastern airlines, as the easy pickings in terms of destinations run dry and organic growth starts to slow. We have already seen both Emirates and Etihad allowing ‘paid for’ access […]

3,500+ Heathrow Rewards points with your first Rocketmiles booking (better than taking Avios!)

I wrote on Tuesday about the interesting new partnership between Heathrow Rewards, the Heathrow Airport shopping loyalty scheme, and hotel booking site Rocketmiles. What is Rocketmiles? Rocketmiles – if you are not familiar with it – is a similar website to PointsHound, Agoda and Kaligo.com.  You […]

Amazing business class deal to Asia using Etihad miles on Czech Airlines

Etihad Guest, the frequent flyer programme of Etihad Airways, has a rather eclectic mix of airline partners on which you can redeem your miles. I wrote about these partners here.  At the time, the sweet spot was a 36,000 miles business class return trip on […]

Get 5,000 bonus miles with the HSBC Premier credit cards – World Elite is now 45,000 miles!

HSBC Premier has launched a special sign-up bonus on its two HSBC Premier credit cards. Until 31st August, you will receive an additional 10,000 HSBC Premier points when you take out either of the HSBC Premier credit cards and spend £2,000 within 90 days. 2 […]

HFP ‘Credit Cards’ page updated for June – what are the best deals this month?

It is time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Our updated directory of all 23 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ […]

Get 1,000 free Avios for joining Marriott Rewards – no stay needed!

(EDIT:  Marriott has now withdrawn this offer due to an overwhelming response) Marriott Rewards, the loyalty scheme for Marriott, Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Autograph and many other hotel brands, has launched a very attractive sign-up bonus.  To put it mildly. Marriott will give you 1,000 Avios […]