There are three bits of Etihad news to share today.
Firstly, Etihad has launched a redemption sale with 25% off seats. This is worth knowing if have a pile of Amex Membership Rewards points you could transfer over, and/or you are sitting on 10,000 free Etihad miles from the ‘Business Connect’ promotion last year.
The list of participating routes is here. Heathrow is excluded but Manchester is not. Business Class to Abu Dhabi is now 34,180 miles each way.
Just as interesting, perhaps more so, is First Class from Frankfurt. This is reduced to a fantastic 36,600 miles each way – an amazingly cheap way to experience the Etihad First Class product. Remember that Business Class and First Class reward seats comes with 2-way chauffeur cars included in most cities.
You need to book by February 6th for travel by March 31st.
Secondly, Etihad is currently offering £50 off economy flights and £100 off business or first class flights to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City.
This deal is being promoted by Paypal, although there is no obligation to use Paypal when booking an Etihad flight to claim it. You would need to book on the Etihad website to quality.
The Etihad promotional code you need is GBR13.
Blackout dates are 1-30th April and 16 July – 10 August. You must depart from Heathrow or Manchester.
This is a pretty decent deal for economy passengers, since you can pick up a ticket to Abu Dhabi for around £440 at the moment, and this code takes it to below £400.
Finally, I wanted to share an example of how it is always good to keep an eye on what your friends and family are doing.
A friend of mine approached me recently to say that his parents were off to the Maldives, taking his sister and her family as well – 5 passengers in all – and flying Etihad. They had no interest in any mileage options so were happy for him to take them if he wanted.
Etihad, like BA, has a generous household account system. My friend created a family account for himself and his five family members. All of the miles from the trip will then be pooled into his account as head of the family.
At present, Etihad is offering double miles on flights to various destination, including the Maldives. Impressively, he will earn enough miles from these 5 economy tickets to Male to book himself a one-way ticket in an Etihad First Class suite (see photo above) to Abu Dhabi!
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (November 2020)
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. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
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.