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Is Etihad dropping its flights from Edinburgh?

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The Scotsman has reported that Etihad is planning to drop services from Edinburgh from October.

The service is believed to have been performing poorly.  Pressure from Qatar Airways, which is upgrading their Edinburgh route to an A350 from October, and from the upcoming Hainan Airlines Beijing service is also believed to have contributed.

The report has yet to be confirmed by Etihad and at present flights can still be booked for November onwards.

Etihad dropping services from Edinburgh

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 (45)

  • Fenny says:

    I have a Waitrose and a Tesco 15 minutes walk from home (5 mins from work). My nearest Sainsburys is 12 miles away. I occasionally shop there if I’ve been to the cinema and I need something on the way home, or the car needs a wash. I go to Waitrose most days at lunchtime to get coffee, so buy most of my “weekly” shop in bits that can be carried home easily. So it sounds as though any offers I might get from Sainsburys will be slightly less useful than 1 point per £1 spent!

  • Gerry says:

    Flew with Etihad last year into EDI with a packed Business Class and very busy Economy. Shame they are pulling out, but with their recent cutbacks and the excellent service on B787 and A350 from Qatar out of Edinburgh it is little wonder. Adding to that the arrival of Hainan to Beijing ex-EDI, something had to give.

    • Erico1875 says:

      Maybe the way forward is splitting the load I.e EDI and DUB as Hainan have done.
      When etihad and Qatar arrived. I thought Turkish would pull out but they seem to be doing ok

      • JamesB says:

        TK check in has always been packed when I was there at the time. I believe TK also has significantly more destinations than any other airline so that probably helps too, and at times their fares are very competitive.

        • Axel says:

          But JamesB do you know anyone who has flown TK from EDI? I dont or they weren’t willing to confess.

          I also presume, ironically, if we fly from EDI with Hainan we can collect and redeem our Etihad miles through them. Can anyone confirm?

        • JamesB says:

          Everybody in check in line I guess but I didn’t stop to see if anybody I knew was trying to hide in there 🙂 Only thing that has put me off is the relatively long sector to IST on a737 compared to an hour to AMS for a KLM connection.

  • Stevie G says:

    It’s all about aspiration. Nectar collecting is like the new Virgin cards. Get a stack of points fairly easy and nowt of interest to use them on. The wow factor does not mean £2.50 off at Argos or a 2 4 1 in Economy.

  • signol says:

    You can use them on Expedia but not against the taxes element of a fare. You can redeem for most (but not all) hotels.