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COMPETITION: Win 2 x Business Class tickets from London or Manchester to Abu Dhabi with Etihad

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Starting today, and running for the rest of the month – until 31st August 2019 – we are running a great competition in association with Etihad Airways.  It is one of the most valuable prizes we have ever given away.

One lucky Head for Points reader will win two Business Class return tickets from London or Manchester to Abu Dhabi.

The Manchester option should make all readers happy who live North of London and tend to complain about us being too London focused.

About Etihad Airways

Etihad has recently announced a permanent fourth daily service from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi during the Winter season, from 26th October.  This evening service will be operated by a Boeing 787 and is in addition to the existing three A380 services.

Etihad is currently operating five daily flights to Abu Dhabi from Heathrow over the Summer, until 28th September.  After that it will drop to four daily flights until the end of the Summer season on 26th October, at which point the new ‘four daily’ schedule kicks in.

Rob has done a number of reviews of Etihad flights and lounges over the years

….. and we like them very much.  The new Boeing 787 flights from Heathrow this Summer are using the same Business Studio which is on the A380. The Manchester service also uses a Boeing 787 with Business Studio.

How can you win?

There is one pair of Business Class return tickets on Etihad to Abu Dhabi to be won. The prize includes lounge access but not chauffeur transfers.

There are some restrictions on how you can use your prize:

You can choose to fly from London or Manchester

Tickets are strictly non-transferrable. The winner MUST be one of the passengers and both tickets must be booked for travel together.

The winner must book the trip by 30th September 2019 and complete their travel by 15th December 2019.  Dates and passenger names cannot be changed once booked.

There is no guarantee that Etihad will be able to offer the exact date, flight and destination you request. Flexibility may be required, especially at peak periods.

The tickets are Business Class tickets

You are responsible for arranging transfers, accommodation, visas, insurance etc for your trip

You will not have to pay any taxes or charges for your tickets

Your tickets will not earn any frequent flyer miles or status points

The competition will remain open until 31st August 2019.

How to enter

We are using the same entry system we’ve been using for competitions recently. Simply fill out the Gleam app at the bottom of this post (or by clicking through to the Gleam website) and leave your name and email address.

You can have up to two entries per person:

You receive one entry automatically for completing your details

You receive a 2nd entry if you tick the box to sign up to Etihad’s email newsletter – this is optional but is worthwhile as you will be first to hear about their special offers and sales

If you don’t choose to get a second entry, your details remain confidential and will not be passed to Etihad (unless you win!). Head for Points will not use your email address for any other purpose. We will delete all of the data at our end after the winner has been confirmed.

The rules

Here is a summary of the rules. The official version can be found by clicking ‘Terms & Conditions’ in the entry widget below.

You must be at least 18 years old

You must be a resident of the United Kingdom and must be accessing this website from inside the UK

Entries are limited to one submission form per person

The competition closes at midnight, London time, on 31st August 2019

The winner will be selected automatically by the software which collates the entries. The winner will be contacted by email and must confirm their details, including their UK residency, within 48 hours.

Remember that the winner must be one of the passengers – you cannot gift the prize to another couple

If you cannot see the entry widget below, please click here and you will be directed to a special website to enter.

Good luck.


How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (May 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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Etihad Guest miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

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 (37)

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  • ankomonkey says:

    London or Manchester only? Typical ‘big city’ focus! I’ve yet to see an HfP competition for flights out of the farm airfield behind my house that the farmer uses for flying his small plane…

    • memesweeper says:

      Well said! They should divert one of the A380s to the local airport of the winner’s choice — in my case, Norwich.

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      I did offer Rob a voucher for a flight from the airfield we live on for the Xmas party!

  • Nigel Milligan says:

    I assume that this tickets are one way only to Abu Dhabi and not return.

    • Peter K says:

      As the article says return tickets I’m not sure what you base your assumption on.

      • Alex Sm says:

        I suspect that was another UAE-hater and why-are-all-the-countries-not-like-the-uk moaner type comment

      • Nigel Milligan says:

        My mistake – sorry!

  • BJ says:

    Don’t want to go to the UAE and don’t want to fly Etihad ever again so chance to win for everybody else has increased by a miniscule amount.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      4,127 entries already.

      • LewisB says:

        Make that 5k. Imagine if all the readership commented?

      • Alex Sm says:

        7867 already (with 2 of mine) and it will get to 20,000 easily by the end of the month. Hope Rob and colleagues will update us with the final number

        • BJ says:

          No doubt there will be a lot of entries as it’s a great prize and will attract any people who don’t normally read the site. I don’t hate the ME, I just don’t find it appealing to go there. My own experiences with Etihad were bad so I don’t want to fly them again.

        • Spaghetti Town says:

          There’s 6 of mine in there – my girlfriend and mum have entered but they don’t know it yet 😀

  • The Original David says:

    I’m intrigued by the line “There is no guarantee Etihad will be able to offer the destination you request.” Given they only fly to AUH, I’d be surprised if they managed to find another destination to fly you to!

    • Andrew says:

      Londoners might find that the only available repatriation flight is to Manchester?

      • Aston100 says:

        Hopefully the thought of potentially being north of the Watford Gap in general and Manchester in particular are enough to drive away the bulk of the competition entrants.

        • The Original David says:

          I hadn’t thought of that – I’ve heard that it’s a different country outside of the M25. Gatwick is regional enough for me, and I’ve even managed to avoid that so far this year! I can only imagine what Manchester must be like…

        • Spaghetti Town says:

          I agree, how on earth would they cope not using their Adison Lee credit!?

  • Suzanna Coffey says:

    I have never flown with Etihad, so this would be a great experience for me!

    • Alex Sm says:

      They are actually quite nice – flown with them several times in different classes to a number of destinations and they never let us down (unlike BA and some other carriers)

  • *MissGeekChic* says:

    Is anyone else having difficulties submitting their entry? When I enter my email address, it is telling me that I need to verify my identity by logging into Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I do not have accounts with any of these and my work system doesn’t let me access these sites. In any case, I don’t want to share my password from another system with the Gleam app just to verify identity! This didn’t use to happen. Help!!!

    • Rob says:

      Try using a different email address, that should override it.

      • Frank says:

        Thanks for great competition!
        Changed e-mail address and still have the same issue as MGC. Also have no social spy media accounts to ‘verify’ my identity…

  • Alan says:

    Shame it has to be used by December this year. I imaging a lot of people that don’t work for themselves will already have allocated their annual holidays (like me).

    Still a good proze if you can work around it.

    • Alan says:

      #prize

    • RussellH says:

      Some of us live on our (not very huge) pensions. We have worked enough…

      • Alan says:

        And that’s absolutely fair enough. For you, the prize would work very well.

        Others, like myself, are still stuck with limited holiday time and have to have it booked months in advance so it doesn’t work so well.

  • Gringo says:

    Caving in to the Northern pressure…

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