Etihad has launched a one week long promotion with special fares from the UK to Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Lead prices from Heathrow in Business are:
Kuala Lumpur from £2256
Seychelles from £2923
Melbourne from £2983
Some of these destinations are currently cheaper with British Airways (our article about the BA sale is here) with the Seychelles being around £1,000 more on Etihad. That said, the Etihad Business Class Studio – website here, Rob’s review here – is way ahead of Club World.
The Economy fares look better with London to Brisbane from £650, London to Beijing from £436, London to Hong Kong from £447 and Manchester to Dubai from £334.
Flights have to be booked by 8th September for travel between 22nd September 2018 and 30th June 2019, with departures from either Heathrow or Manchester. Etihad’s website is here. In addition, if you are not already an Etihad Guest member, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.
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.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (August 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).