Etihad goes to FIVE flights per day from London Heathrow

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Etihad is launching a fourth and fifth daily flight from London Heathrow.

The battle between Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad for traffic from the UK has just taken an extra twist.

As we covered recently, Etihad gained three additional slots at London Heathrow when India’s Jet Airways collapsed as part of a sale-and-leaseback transaction done a few years ago when Jet was in need of money.

We now know what Etihad is planning to do with the slots.

Between 22nd May and 22nd June, it will add a fourth daily Heathrow service

Between 23rd June and 8th September, it will add a fifth daily Heathrow service

Between 29th September and 26th October (the end of the Summer timetable) it will drop back to four daily Heathrow services

These additional services will be operated by a two-class Boeing 787-9 aircraft.  The business class seat is the same Business Studio which is on the A380.  I reviewed the Etihad A380 Business Studio here.

I would expect excellent Etihad Guest reward availability on these new services, especially over the next couple of months, and hopefully some competitive fares too.

If you are booked on Etihad between now and 26th October, note that EY11/12 and EY17/18 are being cancelled on certain dates, being replaced by a flight at roughly the same time but with a new flight number.  You should keep an eye on your booking to ensure any seat reservations etc don’t change.

If you are wondering what has happened to the 3rd Jet Airways slot, Air Serbia – in which Etihad still has an equity stake – will be using it for a service to Belgrade.

Etihad launching fifth daily Heathrow flight

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 – 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.

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  1. Bagoly says:

    Flying airports – has a cousin of Lady London’s spellchecker taken over Rob’s keyboard?!

  2. Shoestring says:

    Anybody trying the £25 off £40 on Amazon today? It was working last night – also works on *brand new* Amazon a/cs, eg now is the time to sign up all your kids and any other hangers-on (miaaow!) to use AMEX25OFF. No age limit on Amazon members and it doesn’t seem to have a rule about homo sapiens only.

    • Doug M says:

      Worked two minutes ago on an existing account for L’OR coffee capsules. My own version of cat food. NIce one.

    • OT @Harry: that 3x £10 thingy you gave me about a week ago and told me to be careful, I carefully chose number 12 and guess what… 🙂

      • Shoestring says:

        Good to hear 🙂

        • …I lost!

        • Shoestring says:

          Got mine for better than free (they paid me to take the points away) because there was an extra £2.50 bonus going. Could only use twice, as used previously. 7550 Avios for free.

        • Cool, with the price already low I couldn”t resist the temptation of a potential £350.

        • Shoestring says:

          That’s a decent haul of points

  3. Russ says:

    The Radisson news is very interesting. At first sweep, top tier in J-Club seems on par with Marriott platinum and it’s an Amex partner. Probably going to be a devaluation of the 1:3 amex transfer ratio but if J-club stays as it is you’re getting breakfast, late check out till 4.00 plus 20% off meals. Decent trade off.

  4. Sarah says:

    Seems crazy to be adding extra flights to the Middle East in the summer.

    • Bagoly says:

      Not everyone lives in London!

      I agree that there is not much demand for London to Middle East when it is very hot.
      But the same flights service:
      – London to Asia via Middle East.
      – Asia to London via Middle East.
      – Middle East to London

    • They are slot sitting. Heathrow has a rule that if you don’t fly 80% of your allocated slots per ‘season’ you lose them. As the record price for a Heathrow slot is $75m (paid by Oman Air in 2016) this is a very expensive thing to lose unnecessarily.

      You also – and I didn’t know this until last week – have to fly them to a place you register. Etihad can’t just lease a tiny propeller jet, fly it to Norwich for the day and then fly it back later to retain the slot.

      Here is another interesting Etihad fact. A380 aircraft have little cargo capacity. Etihad flies cargo planes into East Midlands Airport and ships – by road – most of its cargo from Heathrow to East Midlands, because there is no space. The 787s have a lot more cargo space.

      Worth noting that Dubai hotels are running at about 80% occupancy in the Summer now. They are very good value – for a fraction of what you pay in Spain in August you can stay in a far, far more luxurious property. You can’t go outside between 10am and 3pm, but a lot of people are willing to make that trade off.

      • Russ says:

        Yep and Marriott are currently running a three nights for the price of two up until December – I think -in the middle east. Cheap points especially with double point’s offer currently running. Middle east executive lounges are very good and put UK one’s to shame.

      • Anna says:

        Ditto the Caribbean, and you CAN go outside during the day, in fact (despite the rampant humidity), temperatures hover around 30 C which can often be lower than in the Med.

      • Mark says:

        Didn’t BMI have some empty slot sitting flights to Cardiff operated by BMI regional?

  5. DavidK says:

    Am I being silly or does the article not state the destination of these additional services. Are they just do etihads Abu Dhabi base?

    • Bagoly says:

      Etihad has only one hub so “everyone” reads AUH (Abu Dhabi) without it being stated.

  6. OT: just wanted to say thanks to Rob for our current trip
    Flights into Singapore and out of KL using 241.
    2 nights in Marina Bay Sands – only hotel paid for. Worth the money.
    2 nights at IC Middle Street
    3 nights at Hilton Kuching – status match to diamond.
    3 nights Penang Holiday inn – used Iberia points from offer in Sept
    3 nights at Ritz Langkawi – amazing hotel. Absolutely love this one. Pool is amazing. Gold member from Amex Platinum. Got upgraded to a suite – the size of our apartment in London plus terrace!
    3 nights Hilton Doubletree KL.

    • Genghis says:

      What were your thoughts on IC Middle St? We really liked it but I know others aren’t so keen.

      • We liked it though we were out most of the time. The room was perfect for us, good size and spotless. The location was also ideal. Walked to most places and close to The Long Bar and Atlas Bar. Staff were also really nice and always with a smile.

    • Pangolin says:

      You got a suite upgrade at an R-C with Marriott (Bonvoy) Gold? Wonders never cease. Normally you’d need to be Titanium (2 levels above Gold) to have any chance of a suite upgrade in their properties.

    • Crafty says:

      Lucky you with a suite upgrade at RC Langkawi. Beautiful hotel. We looked longingly at the beachside villas each day…

  7. MAY L LIM says:

    Malaysia Airlines:
    Please be aware that MH has changed its pricing tiers to different check in luggage allowances. Effective 8 April 2019. Now the starting luggage allowance for international with the cheapest price point is 20kg, going up over 4 bands ending with 35kg. Be aware that the cheapest fare for domestic has no luggage allowance. Watch up when flying in from international then to domestic, & vice versa.
    Business class at whatever price band is 40kg. While business suites is 50kg.
    Most expensive economy may be more expensive than cheapest economy &/or additional luggage.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Malaysian airlines, at GBP2699 to south east asia (business), not exactly a sale price ?

    • No, not difficult to get one stop flights to most Asian destinations for around £1700 routinely, and much less in genuine sales.

    • Bangkok’s £2249 (almost always cheaper to go on somewhere in the region than just to KL), but agreed, not exactly headline-grabbing fares.

      That said, I was happy to get Hong Kong – London return, with stopovers in KL both ways, for HK$19167 (approx £1875).

      You can almost always get cheaper if you re happy to do two 7-hour legs with a Middle East transit. Personally I prefer a single 12/13 hour direct sector so I can get some proper sleep, but each to their own 🙂

  9. Roy Badami says:

    According to this article, Radisson Rewards and J-Club will continue as separate schemes within a “global loyalty alliance”. So maybe nothing more than a status match and perhaps the ability to earn and redeem points on hotels in the other scheme?

    • Roy Badami says:

      Notable quote from that article:

      “Efrem Berman, Radisson’s head of global loyalty and engagement, said that “concept of recognition” is what’s important at this stage, noting there are no plans to fully integrate or merge the rewards programs into a new entity.”

    • Yes, from what I understand it will be similar to the Marriott-SPG tie-up, at least initially.

  10. Arthur says:

    O/T I know but with the recent closure of Avios Rewards Programme and the (not unexpected) ending of the Flybe relationship where does this leave the “One Platform” project for all IAG loyalty schemes?

    Will we see Iberia / BA accounts being migrated to the platform and operating like Aer Lingus any time soon?

  11. Nick M says:

    OT – I asked a few days ago about IHG availability rules… thanks for all the advice, I kept searching the hotel I wanted and the night I was looking for became available! In the meantime I had also booked 2 nights at a cheaper property in the same city, so now just need to decide whether we want 1 nice night away or 2 more reasonable nights!

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