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What to do with the miles from your £1,275 Etihad Australia ticket? BA Bronze benefits for a start

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Yesterday I wrote about the amazing Etihad business class fares currently available.

These include business class to Australia on an A380 from as little as £1,275 (starting in Istanbul) or £1,400 from Dusseldorf.  There are also some excellent fares out of London such as £1,100 to Abu Dhabi.

You have until Monday to bookmake sure you read my original article first for ideas.  You can travel at any point until 12th December.

Where should you credit miles from Etihad flights?

Etihad is not a British Airways partner so you can’t credit them to BA Executive Club.  You will earn about 25,000 miles return to Sydney (Z class tickets earn 115% of miles flown) – here are a few options for how to use them.

Etihad A380

Credit to Etihad Guest and redeem for cash via PointsPay

Etihad lets you cash out your miles for, well, cash.  This is via a virtual Visa card system called PointsPay which I covered here.  You will get about 0.4p per mile.

Credit to Etihad Guest and redeem for gift cards via Etihad’s Reward Shop

You can buy gift cards for various UK shops via Reward Shop, including amazon.co.uk gift cards.  You will get around 0.45p per mile.

Credit to Etihad Guest and redeem on an Etihad partner airline

Whilst not in a major alliance, you can redeem Etihad Guest miles on various partner airlines.  Unfortunately, apart from those airlines where Etihad has a shareholding (Alitalia, airberlin etc) or its US partner American Airlines, it can be very tricky to find space.  I wrote more about Etihad’s partners here.

You can top up your Etihad Guest balance using American Express Membership Rewards, Heathrow Rewards or by taking out the UK Etihad Guest credit card.

Credit to Etihad anyway if you are travelling with other people

Etihad has family accounts – see here – allowing you to pool the miles from other people travelling with you.  This will give you a decent mileage pool and far more flexibility when redeeming.

Credit to another airline

wheretocredit.com shows which airlines will give you credit for a Z class fare on Etihad.   There are 14 options!

If you don’t want to credit to Etihad, SAS may be an option as you could top up your balance using American Express Membership Rewards points.  SAS allows you to redeem across all of the Star Alliance airlines.

Credit to airberlin and get British Airways Bronze equivalent

airberlin is partly owned by Etihad and is also a member of the oneworld alliance.  This means that:

you can redeem airberlin miles on British Airways and

if you have airberlin status, you can use it to enter BA lounges or get other BA status benefits

As you can see here, airberlin topbonus Silver status requires you to earn 25,000 status miles.  You should get that from an Australia business class return with Etihad, given that you receive 115% of miles flown.  topbonus Silver gives you the same benefits on BA as a BA Bronze card – you don’t get lounge access but you would get free seat selection seven days before departure, priority boarding and use of BA’s business class check-in desks.

If you were thinking of booking one of the Etihad deals, I hope these ideas convince you that the miles will not be wasted!

Where you should credit miles from Etihad flights?

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own 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 – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

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

Comments (70)

  • harry says:

    OK here’s a poser:

    Flying back today on a nearly full plane, we had 3 window seats (in a column) & 1 middle joined to one of the window seats. ALL 3 of us with possible neighbours managed to get vacant seats next to us, which is obviously better than the alternative if you like a bit of space.

    My only status these days is a scant few TPs and I’m just a bluey. But I would have been one of the very first to check in @ T-24hrs. I always stick my membership number in, even if (as today) we’re just flying RFS redemptions. Do I have any kind of status that would give me those empty adjoining seats?

    Or was it because BA don’t like to sit strangers next to kids? (Though they are not so young: 11, 13, 15.)

    • Genghis says:

      DYKWIA status?

      • harry says:

        Well, yes – I am technically status-less or Iess technically just a nobody hobo.

        But I was just wondering if somewhere in the seat allocation algorithm, my worthlessness is not quite so worthless as I was thinking.

        A few TPs and 8 flights a year?

        OK it’s probably all down to the kids.

        We still got 3 empty seats next to us on a nearly full plane…

  • Brad says:

    I would not claim those miles to SAS. You need a decent amount of miles to actually buy something.
    You would be better off claiming to Etihad. For instance Etihad is partner with VA and therefore you could fly from Brisbane to Nadi (Fiji) for as little as 11667miles one way in Y or Perth to Christmas Island in Y 11232 or even Brisbane-Honiara for 9145 in Y. In case you do not have enough EY miles you can apply for MBNA credit card and top up.
    The other interesting option is Europe to PPT in some dates is available for 40k AF and 120 EUR and you can claim to AF (partnership with EY) and top up using amex points. Come on Rob make some effort !

    • Rob says:

      I have a night at The May Fair Hotel in London booked on SAS miles this month!

      • Brad says:

        fair enough this is a good redemption , but in terms of flights redemption SAS is rather poor.