In an encouraging boost for the region, Etihad is swapping its morning departure from Manchester to a Boeing 787. This is the first time that Etihad has operated a 787 from the UK.
This means that Manchester customers will be able to experience the hugely impressive Business Class Studio for the first time. It is one of the top 2-3 business class products on the market – you can read my review of the A380 version here.
The evening flight from Manchester will remain as a Boeing 777 with a more traditional lie-flat seat. However, from 31st March 2019 there will be a switch with the 787 moving to the evening departure from Manchester.
The Boeing 787 arrives on 1st November and the flights are already showing online at etihad.com.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (June 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).