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Save £750 on Business and First Class Etihad fares to Australia (and £50 off Economy)

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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.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (January 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:

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, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Comments (155)

  • Graham Walsh says:

    VIrgin and Easyjet

    We are pleased to announce our partnership with easyJet and their ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ program. Customers across the UK and Europe will now be able to enjoy more choice when connecting onto our flights through Gatwick and we look forward to welcoming them on board very soon!

    • Rob says:

      If you look at how that works, you’ll see it is pretty useless. There is simply a desk in the baggage hall where you take your bag after collecting it from the belt (from flight 1) and they send it back into the system for flight 2.

  • BJ says:

    OT: Emirates arrived in Edinburgh yesterday…promptly cut the schedule, claims temporary, blames shortage of cockpit crew and aircraft.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-02/emirates-adds-edinburgh-then-cuts-flights-amid-fleet-pinch

  • Nick Burch says:

    OT Accor have just announced a tie-up with Eurostar.

    500 Club Eurostar points converts to 1,500 Le Club AccorHotels Rewards points. Or, convert 4,000 Le Club AccorHotels Rewards points into 350 Club Eurostar points.

    Conversion rate looks a bit one-sided!

  • Louie says:

    OT: I’m trying to set up a AerClub account to transfer Avios out of my BAEC account using the instructions in Raffles’ post here – https://headforpoints.com/2018/05/23/how-to-move-avios-from-british-airways-to-iberia-plus/ but I get the helpful message “Unfortunately we are unable to complete your registration”. Any ideas?

    • Rob says:

      There is something that triggers this and I’ve helpfully forgotten what 🙂 Another reader will hopefully remember.

  • Simon says:

    I may have missed this in the comments, but what’s the cutoff date for using the Etihad discount code? Is “within the next week” up to and including next Monday, or does it need to be booked before the end of the week?

  • Alex Sm says:

    Primera (R.I.P.) apparently did a great job for competition on TA routes.
    A colleague who is from DC and regularly travels home to see her family told me that the prices from London to DC dropped SIGNIFICANTLY since Primera came to the market. She booked her flights for thanksgiving with BA 30% or 40% cheaper than usual.
    Similar happened to BA on Moscow routes when easyJet entered the market but as soon as they withdrew BA started charging exorbitant prices again, especially midweek