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The Etihad flight sale is now on – what are the Business Class deals?

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Etihad has never been as aggressive in its pricing as Qatar Airways, probably because it has fewer departures out of London each day and so fewer seats to fill.

The current Etihad sale runs until 13th JanuaryFull details can be found here.

Some readers will have a ‘save £100 on an £800 Etihad purchase’ as an offer on one of their American Express cards.  This will work on sale fares.

You must travel outbound by 30th September and back by 15th October.  Business Class deals include:

  • Edinburgh – Singapore £1594
  • Edinburgh – Ahmedabad £1866
  • Edinburgh – Bangkok £1643
  • Edinburgh – Colombo £1689
  • Edinburgh – Hong Kong £1776
  • Edinburgh – Seoul £1863
  • London  – Bangkok £1789
  • London – Dubai £1500
  • London – Kathmandu £1928
  • London – New Delhi £1662
  • London – Shanghai £2134
  • Manchester – Chennai £1939
  • Manchester – Mumbai £1742

You can find more details here.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

Etihad sale

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).