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20% bonus on Amex and hotel point transfers into Etihad Guest

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Etihad Guest has launched a 20% bonus on points you transfer in to their scheme. They ran this promotion last year but this year it is bigger and better with more partners involved.

You can find full details on the Etihad website here.

Etihad First Class suite

Relevant partners for UK readers are:

American Express Membership Rewards
HSBC Premier
Club Carlson
Hilton HHonors
Hyatt Gold Passport
IHG Rewards Club
Le Club Accorhotels
Shangri-La Golden Circle

The bonus also applies to Mobily, CitiMiles, Emirates Islamic Bank and Etisalat Rewards transfers.

Starwood Preferred Guest is the obvious ‘missing’ partner, perhaps because they offer their own year-round 25% bonus when you transfer points to Etihad, or any other airline, in chunks of 20,000. Marriott Rewards is also missing.

Remember that Etihad has PointsPay. You can transfer your miles to a ‘virtual’ (or indeed physical) Visa card at the rate of 0.41p per mile. With the 20% bonus, this effectively means you are getting just under 0.5p per Etihad mile at the original conversion rate. This is still unlikely to be a great deal, of course.

To build up a big Etihad balance, you may be able to combine this with the current special offer on the Etihad Guest credit card which I discussed here. If you apply for this free card before 30th November you will receive 20,000 Etihad miles for spending £4,000 within six months.

It is worth remembering that a one-way ticket from Abu Dhabi to Heathrow – in the private First Class Suites pictured above – costs just 55,000 Etihad Guest miles and whopping £18 (yes, £18) of tax. Tax in the other direction is higher due to APD but you still only pay £200 return.

This is an excellent deal and blows an equivalent Avios redemption out of the water. Etihad will even throw in a chauffeur transfer at both ends on business and first class redemptions. Having now experienced Qatar Airways and being a semi-regular Emirates flyer, I am very tempted to give this a go in the dark days of January or February!

The deadline for transfers is 31st November. It is not clear if points need to arrive at Etihad Guest by this date or if you simply need to initiate the transfer. To be safe, I would try to get any transfers made by mid November.

You can find out more on the Etihad website here.

Comments (35)

  • Nathan says:

    Shame its not the same exchange rate as Amex i.e. 1 amex = 3 club carlson so 3 club carlson should = 1 etihad! Wishful thinking!

  • Gordon says:

    Does it work for the international amex dollar card which has the 3:2 conversion? Would 60k transfer as 40k with a 20% bonus giving 48k?

  • Jason says:

    Hi Raffles,
    As a regular traveller to the middle East, with your family, which airlines do you prefer for travel during school holidays in April and October( in J or F)? I haven’t got an etihad account yet, but this looks like the carrot that might get me started, especially with BA’s lack of Avios availabilty recently.

    • Rob says:

      Etihad used to limit J and F to two seats per plane, not sure if that is still the case.

      Qatar tends to open up a lot of seats but you can use Avios for that. You would need to connect to Dubai though.

      We flew down on BA J last week (4 Club World no problem) but my kids school finished a week before most. Coming back we are on Emirates. Not sure how tight they are on Saver seats but the Standard seats (125k return) are very easy to get.

      Remember to keep an eye on BA to Abu Dhabi which is effectively Dubai.

  • What's the Point says:

    When is the AMEX MR transfer to Avios/Virgin bonus coming!

    I am sitting on over 100k of AMEX MR points that need a home soon….

    • idrive says:

      give them to me! what are you after? what kind of redemption?

      • What's the Point says:

        Nothing in mind, we are pretty much booked up for 2015 now with redemption flights.
        I just want them gone before my 1 year free anniversary is up

  • James says:

    2 weeks tomorrow since I did an Amex transfer, I have not received the Etihad bonus points yet.

  • Eric says:

    Just wondering if anyone has taken advantage of this, and how long it took for the points (and bonus) to be credited to the relevant Etihad Guest account? Thanks in advance.

  • H says:

    My points have hit my Etihad account but there is no sign of a bonus. It was from IHG to Etihad. Anyone else had this issue?

    • Rob says:

      Looks like the bonus will go on at the end of the promotion. My transfer from Amex also credited today. Not sure anyone has had a bonus yet.