Bits: Etihad’s 15th Birthday sale – with a free stopover, 5% ski holiday saving with SNO, El Al adds Manchester

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Etihad launches its 15th Birthday sale – and get a free stopover in Abu Dhabi!

Etihad is running a number of offers at the moment as part of its 15th birthday celebrations.

For UK residents, the most interesting is a short sale in both Economy and Business.

The deadline dates are:

  • Book by 12th November
  • Travel between 15th January and 15th June 2019

Headline business class prices include:

  • Bangkok £1,815
  • Singapore £2,015
  • Mumbai £1,815
  • Hong Kong £2,015
  • Tokyo £2,015

These fares are valid from either London or Manchester.  Full details of all sale fares in Economy and Business are on this page of the Etihad website.

We came back from Abu Dhabi in the Etihad A380 Business Class Studio on Saturday and it remains at excellent product.  The new Acqua di Parma toiletry bags are lovely too – and we got four of them!  The photo below is brown but ours came in the traditional AdP yellow.  I will do a quick review over the next couple of weeks – my original Etihad Business Class Studio review from 2015 is here.

And get a free stopover!

If you book any fare (Economy or Business) as part of the 15th Birthday sale, you can book two free nights in Abu Dhabi at any of the hotels below.  This is an excellent way to add a 2nd short holiday onto your main break.

The hotels available are:

  • Radisson Blu Yas Island
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Crowne Plaza Yas Island
  • Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre.
  • Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
  • Le Royal Meridien
  • Ramada Corniche

To book this, you need to use the multi-city function to book your flight with a two night gap.  For example, you’d book your outbound as two legs Manchester to Abu Dhabi 1st February, Abu Dhabi to Bangkok 3rd February.  Once booked, you go to this page of the Etihad website and book your two free hotel nights. In addition, if you are not already an Etihad Guest member, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own 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 – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

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).

Etihad 15th Birthday Sale

Get 5% off your ski holiday with a SNO promo code

Ski holidays company SNO is offering an exclusive 5% off discount code for all Head for Points readers this winter.

SNO is a well regarded UK ski holiday operator and a past winner of “Best UK Specialist Travel Agent” at the World Snow Awards, run by The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Magazine.

SNO offers a wide range of chalet and hotel accommodation in destinations across Europe, North America and Japan which can be packaged with scheduled BA flights rather than charter aircraft.

Until 28th February 2019 you will get 5% off the full brochure price with the code SNOHFP.

You can find all SNO holidays here and the phone number to book and claim your 5% discount is 020 7770 6888.

El Al adds Manchester

Finally, El Al has announced plans to fly from Manchester to Tel Aviv.

Services will start on 26th May and operate on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The aircraft will be a two-class Boeing 737-800.

El Al is not part of any airline alliance so there is no easy opportunity to redeem miles for this service.  According to, it only has ‘earn and burn’ partnerships with Aerolineas Argentinas and Qantas.

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  1. Etihad – just booked MAD-MEL business for €1960 (approx £1700) with a short transfer in AUH, using the sale page and code AMXD0918 in Feb 2019. Quite limited availability, looks like most of the cheaper flights now are based on 2 stops (AUH/CGK)

  2. Robin N says:

    Slightly O/T. If I book Le Royal Meridien for 2 free nights via the stopover route are they counted towards status?

    • Good question! Often wondered myself how these work and if not how could we make them work in our favor.

    • Lady London says:

      probably not. they would come under a super-good rate the hotel has agreed with their airline. Airline rates tend to be amongst the lowest hotels offer AFAIK. @RussellH would be able to confirm

  3. O/T but there appears to be a Hilton sale on up to 25% off

    I don’t see it mentioned anywhere on the site

    • Covering tomorrow – the landing page (that is the Middle East landing page) for the UK was not live last night.

  4. Lady London says:

    Enquiring minds need to know what were the contents of the gold Aqua de Parma kits on the plane, Rob?

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