(EDIT: Dublin to Sydney / Melbourne is around £1,900)
I dropped this in as an extra article because you only have 36 hours.
Etihad launched a major sale this morning. I will take a look at the offers from the UK tomorrow – they are OK but not in the Qatar pricing mould!
However, if you are planning on heading to Australasia anytime soon, there is a stunning business class fare available from Istanbul to Sydney or Melbourne.
This is a two day ‘flash sale’ fare which only run until 29th August.
Istanbul to Sydney is pricing at £1,512 ($1,987) return.
The best bit is that, if you pick the right flights, you will get a Boeing 787 connecting to an Airbus A380. These have the best Etihad in-flight product. I reviewed the A380 Business Class Suite here – it is probably the best business class product on the market.
Istanbul to Melbourne is pricing at the same level and, again, you can mix a 787 and A380 all the way.
These prices are available until mid 2017 although you might find peak weeks unavailable.
In terms of mileage, you could credit the flight to Etihad Guest or any of their partners. Crediting to airberlin, for example, may be enough to get you oneworld status which would give you BA privileges. You can also credit Etihad flights to American Airlines. In both cases, you could redeem the miles on British Airways if you wanted.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (February 2021)
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 free 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.
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).