If you can book by 10th October, Etihad Airways is offering a special £750 discount on flights from the UK to Australia.
If travelling in Business or First Class, it is even valid on some flights over the Christmas period, as long as you head home before New Year.
You need to use the following promo codes on etihad.com here:
£50 discount in Economy Class – Promotion code AUECONOMY18
£750 discount in Business & First Class – Promotion code AUSPREMIUM18
Our review of Etihad’s excellent A380 Business Class Studio is here – I am due to fly it again later this month. There is a special section on the Etihad website on the seat here. Here is my latest review of the frankly enormous A380 First Class Apartment. You are guaranteed an A380 from Heathrow, check the aircraft used on other legs.
The codes are valid on any of the three daily departures from London Heathrow or twice daily services from Manchester, connecting to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
Blackout dates are:
Economy Class outbound: 1 – 31 December 2018, 1 – 10 April, 5 July – 10 August 2019. Inbound: 26 December 2018 – 15 January 2019, 15 – 23 April, 22 August – 3 September 2019
Business & First Class outbound: 20 – 23 December 2018, inbound: 30 December 2018 – 9 January 2019
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 (September 2022)
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.
Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:
- 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 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 10,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.