If you ever try to discuss miles and points with your friends, you may find their eyes glaze over, or they grumble that ‘it’s all too complicated’ or something similar ….
Next time the subject comes up, send them a link to this post.
The pictures below are from Etihad‘s First Class service, as operated on the London to Abu Dhabi route:
And here is the impressive bit:
You can fly this (one way) to Abu Dhabi, for free*, simply by getting the free American Airlines credit card with the current 35,000 miles bonus that I wrote about on Saturday.
Etihad even let you use their free chauffeur service on redemption flights which will pick you up and take you to Heathrow (max 150 mile journey) and take you wherever you want from Abu Dhabi (even to Dubai). The Etihad website says that this is available for ‘Etihad Guest redemptions’ but it appears to be OK for redemptions via American Airlines as well.
Not bad for getting a free credit card! In fact, it is the most generous sign-up deal I have ever seen for a free airline card. And if an Etihad First Class trip doesn’t persuade people that miles and points is a great hobby, then there really is no hope for them!
(* Taxes and surcharges WILL, unfortunately, apply!)
(PS. You will need to come back to London, of course. But if you have no other miles, some airlines do sell cheap one-way economy fares to the UK from Dubai or Abu Dhabi for roughly £235. It won’t be as pleasant as Etihad First Class, though …..)