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Etihad partners with Air Europa, opening up new SkyTeam opportunities

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Etihad and Air Europa announced a new frequent flyer partnership yesterday.  

Whilst you might not know Air Europa, it is a Spanish-based airline which is part of the huge SkyTeam alliance, flying domestically and to Latin America and the Caribbean.  From the UK, it flies from London Gatwick to Madrid.

This opens up some interesting options.  Here are a few things you can now do as part of the new partnership:

Fly Etihad and credit the miles to Air Europa.  Looking at the relevant page of the Air Europa website, it appears that Etihad flights will earn ‘level’ miles which count for status.   The English translation here is not great and it is possible that only Etihad flights operated as Air Europa codeshares count for status, but that isn’t how I read it.  This means that you can potentially earn SkyTeam status by crediting your Etihad flights to Air Europa and not to Etihad Guest. 

Fly Air Europa and credit the miles to Etihad GuestThis page of the Etihad website shows you what you will earn.  This is a sensible option if you don’t collect SkyTeam miles and end up doing the occasional Air Europa flight.  Note that booking classes  X, O, F, G, Z, N and A earn nothing in Etihad Guest.

Redeem Etihad Guest miles on Air Europa.  Given Air Europa’s niche route network this is only likely to make sense in a few scenarios but the option is at least there.

Credit your SkyTeam flights to Air Europa in order to get access to Etihad redemptions.  This is not necessarily a great idea – because it may be easier to earn status with other SkyTeam partners and you can’t top-up Air Europa miles easily as they have few partners – but the option is there.

It isn’t clear if Etihad Guest status card holders get any benefits when flying with Air Europa, or vice versa.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (September 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 cardsThese are:

  • American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a special offer which expires on 9th November 2021.

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).

Comments (217)

  • James says:

    Anyone else having a problem paying the Amex Platinum with a curve card now ?

    Have Curve linked to my IHG Premium card.
    Payments to the SPG AMEX go through fine but not to the Plat. any more 🙁

  • tm84 says:

    Got my Horizon MBNA statement and the Curve cash withdraw has gone through as a payment.

    • Am says:

      Good I have MBNA credit card so I will try and report back. Can you pay one credit card of with another so in effect a balace transfer but not a balance transfer. Love my black card.

  • @mkcol says:

    So Curve is linking up with AMEX again. Just wonder exactly when.

  • DAM says:

    On Thurs 20/09 I paid Transferwise with my Curve card linked to my Virgin Atlantic credit card. The Curve app describes the transaction as ‘Business Services’. Virgin has it as a cash advance and charged a cash advance fee and interest.
    This was not an ATM withdrawal so maybe Transferwise has always generated these fees. Has anyone made an ATM withdrawal from Virgin via Curve without fees?

  • Shoestring says:

    I’m giving up collecting Avios!

    Just checking out something and BA are offering HBO flights £39 EW in off-peak next year (checked out May).

    £78 return to our place in the sun FFS!

    Shame we only fly peak normally, honourable exception being this Saturday if the storm holds off (forecast looks OK for LHR) – coming back in peak, though.

    £78! Strewth.

  • Jeremy Parsons says:

    Currently using curve in the USA I have had 25 out of 26 transactions successfully processed into my uk credit card

  • Geoff says:

    Just looking at starting with Curve – does the rumour that it will work with Amex only apply to paid cards or will it also be available on the free card?

    • Rob says:

      It will work with the free card but in a different, restricted, way. Although you may find the restrictions worth it to save the chunky monthly fee on Black.

      • Geoff says:

        Thanks – I am not in business and would not have a large annual spend, but I could easily reach the £500 monthly overseas limit on a two-week holiday.

  • Kevin says:

    I just got a Creation All Round credit card onto my Curve,
    but somehow it keeps saying I have no credit when I tried ATM withdrawal,
    anyone have similar experience?

    apparently my friend using Amazon Credit card to withdraw cash still works

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