Etihad Guest is current running a bonus when you buy Etihad Guest miles, but it is ending soon.
For once, the bonus is not staggered. As long as you buy at least 6,000 miles, you will receive the full 20% bonus.
Some status members get an even better deal:
Platinum members get a 30% bonus
Gold members get a 25% bonus
The page to buy is here.
What can you do with Etihad Guest miles?
This deal is obviously of most interest if you are looking to top up your Etihad Guest account.
However, there may also be some merit in pulling together some of your American Express Membership Rewards points, HSBC Premier credit card points, hotel points and some purchased points to pick up one of their ‘sweet spot’ redemptions.
Available on Etihad itself is generally good, especially between London and Abu Dhabi. For the Saturday at the end of October half term, I had no problem booking four Business Class seats back to the UK on one of the A380 services – something that would be very, very unlikely on British Airways at the end of half term.
Availability should be even better going forward given that Etihad has just added a permanent 4th Heathrow service, albeit with a smaller Boeing 787. You can also fly from Manchester.
Here are two ‘sweet spot’ deals we have discussed recently:
How to use Etihad Guest miles to redeem for Oman Air’s fantastic Business Class product between the UK and Muscat – for fewer miles than you need to redeem between London and Abu Dhabi on Etihad (click here)
Other partner airlines include:
- Air Europa
- Air New Zealand
- Air Serbia
- Air Seychelles (they don’t fly from the UK but you can book Paris to Seychelles)
- American Airlines (100,000 return between Europe and North America in Business Class)
- Bangkok Airways
- Brussels Airlines (88,000 miles return from Brussels to New York in Business Class, seat pictured below)
- Czech Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hainan Airlines
- Korean Air
- Malaysia Airlines (190,000 miles return in Business Class to KL, not great)
- Oman Air
- Royal Air Maroc
- Sri Lankan Airlines (152,000 miles return from London to Colombo in Business Class)
- Virgin Australia
You can see all of Etihad’s redemption partners here.
The one downside of Etihad Guest miles is that they have a hard expiry date. You can’t stop them expiring after two years and it is ‘use it or lose it’.
This also means, of course, that if you need to buy some more miles to allow you to spend what you have then this is as good a time as any.
The offer runs until 31st August. You can find out more and buy at this page of the Etihad site.
And don’t forget our great Etihad Guest competition
You still have a few days – if you are UK based – to enter our fantastic competition to win two Business Class tickets on Etihad from London or Manchester to Abu Dhabi. Visit this page of Head for Points to enter. Entries must be received by Saturday 31st August.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (July 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 cards. These are:
- 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 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
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).