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News in brief:

Etihad business class to Asia from £1350

Courtesy of Flyertalk comes an interesting Etihad promotion from Germany (pick your starting point – Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf) to many parts of Asia.

As a typical fare, Dusseldorf to Bangkok comes out at €1596 (£1350) return.  Similar fares are available to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur and potentially elsewhere.

You must travel outbound between 18 April and 30 June.

From Dusseldorf, you want the daily 787 flight in order to get the impressive new Business Class Studio I reviewed here and is shown below.  This is the best option.  If you fly from Berlin the first leg will be on airberlin and not on Etihad so that is less interesting.  (You can’t credit the airberlin flight to British Airways as it has an Etihad flight number.)  Frankfurt has the older A330 seating, as does Munich.

You can either credit the miles to Etihad Guest (and top them up later via Amex Membership Rewards, the UK Etihad credit card, Heathrow Rewards etc) or a partner.  American Airlines is an obvious one given that you could redeem the miles on BA.

The Etihad home page is here.  The Etihad page showcasing the Business Class Studio is here.

Etihad business class studio

Win a week in the Caribbean with Luxury Travel Diary

Our friends at Luxury Travel Diary are currently running a competition giving away a week in the Caribbean.

The prize is a week at the Grand Laguna Beach resort in the Dominican Republic (picture below) for 6 people.  The prize excludes flights and transfers but that is where a pile of frequent flyer miles comes in handy.  The lack of flights is also likely to reduce the number of people who enter.

To enter all you need to do is sign up for the Luxury Travel Diary newsletter.  You can unsubscribe at any time.  The competition closes on 10th April.


Etihad launches a 20% conversion bonus on hotel, HSBC and Heathrow Rewards points

Speaking of Etihad, Etihad Guest has launched a 20% bonus on points you transfer into their scheme.

You can find details of participating Etihad’s partners on the Etihad website here.

Relevant partners for UK readers are:

Heathrow Rewards
HSBC Premier
Club Carlson
Hilton Honors
IHG Rewards Club
Le Club AccorHotels
Marriott Rewards
Shangri-La Golden Circle

Starwood Preferred Guest

World of Hyatt

The bonus also applies to ADCB TouchPoints, Citibank UAE, Emirates Islamic Bank, Joyalukkas, NBAD Stars, Boubyan Bank and Etisalat Rewards transfers.  Note also that the promo website has a mistake where it discusses Starwood – the correct number of miles for a 20,000 point conversion is, pre bonus, 25,000.

It does NOT apply to transfers from American Express Membership Rewards.

The deadline for transfers is 30th April. Transfers must be initiated by that date.

My review of my recent Etihad A380 First Class Apartment flight will run next week.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (August 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:

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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.

Comments (40)

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  • Simon Howard says:

    OT – Just noticed that the Amex Gold to Platinum upgrade page offering 20,000 MR points (which disappeared some time last year) has now re-appeared:

    • the real harry1 says:

      interesting visuals

      she’s 30+, the kids in the image below may be hers, she’s reclining in a non-sexual way but showing some thigh, she’s made it – or are we to suppose that her man has made it? in order to keep her in this Virgin/ Necker Island manner?

      This is Plat, this is what you get for your £450 – success

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Urgh. Just got my Plat a few weeks ago so I’ll have to wait until the next churn. Happy it’s back as this was my preferred route to MR’s.

    • Topp2015 says:

      How quickly does the mr points post one upgraded from gold to plat / spent £1k in reality? Says up to 60 days on this link that Simon posted.

  • Alan says:

    OT Hilton upgrades via Amex Plat – just a data point, put request through for additional cardholder yesterday evening – upgraded from Silver to Gold by this evening :O Very impressed (and pretty shocked!) at this speed.

    • CV3V says:

      I did an upgrade request last week after loss of Diamond status so i can get my free brekkie again. Still waiting.

      Fortunately, when i did the Hilton status match offer last year Hilton mucked it up and created a new account for me, i then got them to transfer status to an existing account. Checked the account they had created for me and have Diamond status though till 2018!

      However after all that tonight i have made use of Amex Plat Jade status with Shangri La which gets me free breakfast. Also finally found a use for my IHG points (despite Spire Ambassador status i have lost all interest in IHG) by booking the IC Strings in Tokyo.

  • Letsfly says:

    Off topic, bit why do I never ever ever get any Amex offers

  • Rob says:

    Cheers, updated

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