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Etihad offering £1,100 business class fares from Amsterdam to South Africa, Asia and more

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Etihad launched a number of promotional offers yesterday.  These would tie in nicely with a raft of heavily discounted fares from Amsterdam which are currently available.

Before we get to those, here are offers valid from wherever you travel:

Double miles on Economy flights until 15th December if you book between 16th-28th September and register here

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Triple miles in Business or quadruple miles in First until 15th December if you book between 16th-28th September and register here.  This offer is valid on Etihad Airways, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia and Jet Airways when you credit the flight to Etihad Guest.

These are not the greatest offers in the world but, if you are booking anything on Etihad in the next 11 days, you’d be crazy not to register!

Great deals from Amsterdam

Etihad is currently offering a raft of Business Class sale deals from Amsterdam.

These are valid for booking until Monday 21st September.  You must travel by 31st March 2016.

Most Etihad routes are included – you can see the full list here.  Here are ones which are under £1,250 return:

Balikpapan (€1,579 / £1,150) – I admit I had to look this one up!

Bangkok (€1,665 / £1,220)

Cape Town (€1,579 / £1,150)

Denpasar, Bali (€1,579 / £1,150)

East London, SA (€1,579 / £1,150)

Harare (€1,579 / £1,150)

Lusaka / Makassar / Manando (€1,579 / £1,150)

Muscat (€1,670 / £1,220)

Padang (€1,579 / £1,150)

Port Elizabeth (€1,579 / £1,150)

Shanghai (€1,602 / £1,165)

Singapore (€1,590 / £1,150)

Solo / Surabaya (€1,579 / £1,150)

The home page for these deals on the Etihad website is here.

Be careful about which plane you book onto.  Amsterdam appears to be using an Airbus A330 at the moment.  These look like decent fully flat seats but are obviously not the ‘Business Class Studio’ used on the A380.  You could be on any number of aircraft for the onward leg from Abu Dhabi.

You cannot earn Avios or BA tier points when flying with Etihad.  You can credit your flight to a number of airlines, including oneworld partner airberlin.

I would suggest, however, that given the ‘triple miles in Business Class‘ offer, you credit to Etihad Guest.  You will be able to top up your balance with American Express Membership Rewards points, the UK Etihad credit card (which often has excellent sign-up bonuses) and Heathrow Rewards.

You can book via the Etihad booking page here.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).

Comments (25)

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  • Pete says:

    Anyone know how to book these? Don’t see a single flight from now until December for under 3k euros….

    • Roger says:

      Looking at the T+Cs, these fares have been available since August, so I guess the early birds got the worms …

    • Rob says:

      What route? I got them to price yesterday OK albeit availability was patchy.

      • Pete says:


        • Axel Heyst says:

          I spent all last week onto the Etihad call centre trying to book an open jaw arrive singapore leave jakarta as an Etihad OpenSeat ticket, after speaking to 7 agents I gave up. They kept trying to book 2 single flights at greater avios expense or said the OpenSeats were full, which unless the last seat on the plane has been booked was impossible.

          Abandoned the call centre and booked an OpenSeat return myself to Singapore online and will need to book a cgk – sin (or Batam) separately,

          Those Indonesian flights don’t look appealing with a long stopover in Cengkareng then boarding a late Garuda flight. Seems much cheaper to book the Garuda leg flights separate from Etihad to say Bali, as Indonesian domestic taxes are only about £2 extra.

  • idrive says:

    it is my understanding that if you credit to Alitalia and if you are lucky enough to be a FrecciaAlata member this would become an outstanding way to rackup lots of points. do you agree?

    • Rob says:

      Potentially – the Alitalia scheme is a mystery to me but, as you can top up your account via Amex points to get to whatever you need for a reward, it is probably a viable option if you want to redeem on SkyTeam.

  • Steve says:

    Can’t find a single cheap deal to CPT for next year Jan-Mar. Anyone else had any luck?

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