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The expansion of Etihad Guest – and earn 5,000 bonus Etihad miles with Rocketmiles

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I wrote a few weeks ago about Rocketmiles, the hotel booking service that rewards you with very large chunks of frequent flyer miles for every night you book. Although not Avios, unfortunately ….

Rocketmiles is currently expanding its partnership with Etihad Guest. As a result, they are offering 3,000-5,000 bonus Etihad Guest miles with any Rocketmiles hotel booking. This means that you could earn up to a (fairly crazy) 10,000 Etihad miles from just one hotel night.

You can access the promotion here for a 3,000 mile bonus.  This link is only meant for Etihad status members and offers 5,000 bonus miles.  You may or may not want to risk trying this one if you have no status.

The rules are:

You need to be a new Rocketmiles customer, so if you’ve used them before you’ll need to sign-up again with different details

Only one 3,000 / 5,000 Etihad Guest miles bonus per person

Book before 2nd November

Stay before 28th February

As Rocketmiles acts as a wholesaler with its hotels, you will not receive status benefits or points if you have status with the chain where you stay. You may or may not receive credit for incidental spend. If you collect Etihad Guest miles, though, then that is a modest price to pay to pick up this bonus.

The expansion of Etihad Guest

I have just made my first Etihad Guest redemption, as it happens. Our nanny is flying from Dubai to Istanbul – well, from Abu Dhabi, but its a modest ride.

I booked this using transferred Amex Membership Rewards points. Etihad is even doing a 20% bonus on Amex and hotel transfers at the moment, although the bonus posts two weeks in arrears.

The scheme is becoming more active in the UK. As well as the Amex Membership Rewards partnership, they even have their own UK credit card now – albeit the sign-up bonus is poor.

Etihad 2

Especially for Head for Points readers who live outside London, Etihad may be worth considering more closely.  My biggest issue is that, as far as I know, they only release two business class seats per flight, which is bad news for a family. The on-board hard product does seem very good, especially the First Class suites.

Istanbul to Abu Dhabi is just 30,248 Etihad miles plus £12 tax – one way, in a First Class suite as seen above. Availability seems excellent, and you could book that with 26,000 Amex points given the current 20% bonus. Not bad!

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (February 2024)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (29)

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  • Wozza2404 says:

    I got this email yesterday, but mine is a 5k bonus and up to 5k a night. Might be status related.

    • Rob says:

      If the click-through link isn’t coded (or if you can delete the coding and still have it work), please post!

      • Rob says:

        Thanks. I have updated the main post, no need to have people lose 2k!

        • M says:

          You have to be at least Etihad Silver to get the 5k bonus “Plus, for a limited time, Etihad Guest Silver, Etihad Guest Gold, & Etihad Guest Gold Elites earn an additional 5,000 bonus miles on your first booking.”

  • Volker says:

    Your item implies that you provided your nanny with a free first class ticket to Istanbul. Please let me know whenever you need a reliable butler – I’ve got my CV ready! 😀

    • Rob says:

      The implication is correct! However, the alternative was a business class ticket back to London on BA with a fat pile of fuel surcharges – so burning a small number of Amex points with £13 of taxes was actually a good result 🙂 Don’t even need to pay for a taxi to the airport as Etihad will pick her up (she leaves before we do).

      • Ian says:

        I wish you were my boss – economy class EVERYWHERE where I work.

        • Rob says:

          Here’s the thing. I spent 15 years in a company where it was business class everywhere, even Paris. I therefore use that as the same basis with our ‘staff’ (plus the same rules on taking taxis home etc). What goes around comes around!

  • Gordon says:

    I got the email as well. Ignoring the bonus miles they are offering up to 5000 per night. If you need to book say 5 nights, can you book it one night t a time and earn the basic bonus for each night?

    • Rob says:

      You don’t need to book 1 night at a time. If you book a 5 night stay at a 5k property, you get 25,000 miles! Do a dummy booking and see.

      • Gordon says:

        I tried and it didnt seem to work for me

        • Elena says:

          Same here, i did the same. I was looking for hotels in Dubai in Nov and London in Oct and if you do 5 days it comes with total of 10K points. If you do each night it is 5K per night:)
          So I guess it will be each night booking.

          • Gordon says:

            I think what is happening is we are seeing a hotel which is only paying 1000 per night so 5 nights at 1000 plus 5000 bonus gives 10k. I have tried a few places and there are very few 5k per night hotels. If you are travelling with a partner ou could split the booking and at least get the 5k bonus each on top of the nightly rate

  • Tony says:

    Note that headline prices on rocketmiles exclude taxes (and some made up fees…)

  • erico1875 says:

    I had a look at HILTON JUMEIRA BEACH

    Rocketmiles price $299 per night $254 per night

    Id imagine HHonours will be similar price to

    • Rob says:

      Rocketmiles do aim, I believe, to match competing prices where they can – the miles are funded from their wholesale margin, not higher prices!

  • Brian says:

    My brother got a letter from Etihad Guest offering a 17,000 mile bonus for signing up for the credit card by the end of October. 5,000 if you spend £250 within 90 days and an extra 12,000 if your spending reaches 1,500. That’s not bad. Plus you get 1.5 miles per pound spent on the Amex card.

    • Rob says:

      I’ve seen this letter. Seems targetted, annoyingly, as not on MBNA or Etihad sites.

      As MBNA only lets you have a bonus once, in general, it is too risky to post the link in case they only give you the usual 5k and you miss out on a bigger bonus later.

    • Max says:

      So how much are !7,000 Etihad points worth and where can you fly with these?

  • Elena says:

    I don’t have any points on Etihad, but wanted to see how many I need for redemption for business or first from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi.

    It seems it will not let me see redemption miles as I have 0 in my account.

    Do you know any way around this?

    Thank you

    • Rob says:

      First is 30,000, business is 20,000 (give or take 1,000), each way. No tax.

      Chauffeur in Abu Dhabi with F or Business, no car in Istanbul though.

  • Rob says:

    I have rewritten the post to reflect this. Not sure if you wouldn’t get the 5,000 anyway though ….

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