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We have our Etihad competition winner!

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Last month we ran a great competition in association with Etihad Airways giving away one of the most valuable prizes we have ever offered.

One lucky Head for Points reader was going to win two Business Class return tickets from London or Manchester to Abu Dhabi!

We can now announce that the winner is:

Steven M.

Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your flight!

Steven M knows he has won, so if you are also a Steven M ….. sorry!  Thank you to everyone who entered – we had a fantastic response.

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.

If you want to find out more about Etihad’s product,you can read some of Rob’s reviews here:

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.

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 (27)

  • Nick says:

    First comment of the day… yay! And it’s OT (as bits)
    I recently got some Hilton points from the Lyft promo, which I’d forgotten about so was a pleasant surprise. Am I right in thinking this will keep my (sadly not huge) Hilton balance alive?

    • Nick says:

      You should be fine. The T&C state:

      “To keep accumulated Hilton Honors Points, the Member must take one of the following actions within a 12 consecutive month period:
      – stay at a hotel within the Hilton Portfolio pursuant to the terms herein;
      – earn Hilton Honors Points through any third party source of Hilton Honors Point accumulation, including a Hilton co-branded credit card, pursuant to its terms;
      – purchase Hilton Honors Points; or,
      – donate Points through The Hilton Honors Giving Back Program.”

  • Jenny says:

    Just tried to use the 100sale code for a 3 night trip to New York, but received the message that the code was accepted but ‘I was already benefiting from the best price available so the price remained unchanged. Virgin are SO bad for this kind of empty offer. Are there some further terms and conditions such as the 100sale offer is only available on a Monday with a full moon in a hurricane? I wouldn’t be surprised!

    • Andrew says:

      Is it the best price available though?

      Don’t forget to check both Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic Flight & Hotel deals (powered by Virgin Holidays) as the identical trip can be priced differently and have the different validity for offers across the brands (eg Virgin Red or public sector discounts). Last Orlando trip was topline £100 cheaper pp booking via flight & hotel deal rather than Holiday, then we got an extra £70 or so off pp because one of the party worked for the Scottish Government.

      Also split up the holiday, depending on who you are employed by you might have a 12% Virgin Atlantic offer at the moment and various hotel offers. If you haven’t used it yet there’s money return offers on Hilton in the US on Amex and worldwide offers on IHG through Visa.

  • n_g says:

    I had never used Flight + Hotel packages prior to last year when I booked my Honeymoon to the Maldives via Emirates and got what seemed like a fantastic deal. They are currently sending me emails and glossy magazines advertising this years winter sale and they look tempting as well.

    Does anyone find good value in these Emirates/Virgin/BA deals?

    • Rob says:

      With BA, a low-star hotel and flight is often cheaper than the flight alone, so a no-brainer. Obviously you stay elsewhere ….

    • Andrew says:

      I’ve had some great deals on Virgin, BA & with Expedia.

      All depends on how you calculate the saving though.

      Can I truly claim to have saved £1,350 when the best priced last minute individual flight booking and hotel booking for 5 nights from Heathrow to DC in August would cost us £1,800 each, but by careful research I found an Expedia flight & hotel deal (in a far better hotel) from Edinburgh to DC cost me £450?

      For many people, it’s not a like for like for like comparison. But I have family living just 30 minutes from EDI.

  • Chas says:

    OT – delayed response to Don (and Munch) re their query yesterday on VS’s rules for using miles from multiple accounts for redemption bookings.

    You can pool miles from another account (of someone flying on the same redemption obviously) in multiples of the lowest miles for a single sector. So if you were flying outbound peak which needed 25,000 miles and inbound off-peak at 20,000 miles, you can utilise either 20k, 40k, 60k from the other accounts to make the booking, but no other amounts. It does mean that you can technically have enough miles in total between your group to make the booking, but you can’t utilise them if the right values are not in the right place.

  • Brian says:

    ‘These cards are due to launch today…’ – presumably should be ‘codes’?

  • Voltron says:

    Anyone who got rejected for a Virgin Atlantic card have any luck appealing or re-applying and being accepted? Appealed and still got rejected even though got good credit report and recently acepted for more AMEX cards. Told need to wait 6 motnsh before can apply again

    • Andrew says:

      How are you defining what a “good” credit report is? The number allocated by Experian, Equifax or Clearscore are simply their interpretation of the entries to your credit report. They also don’t cover everything. My First Direct accounts don’t appear on any Credit Report, neither do my Bank of Scotland accounts or Barclaycard. So that’s £12,000 of invisible credit card limits (unutilised) and £1,000 of invisible overdraft (unutilised) that neither count for or against me.

      If you’ve applied for and been rejected for a CYBG card, then gone and applied for further Amex cards, that’s 3 applications for credit in a very short space of time – it’s not surprising you’ve been rejected.

      Have a clear out of cards you don’t use, repay any hard core debt, and wait 13 months.

      • John says:

        On a related note, does anyone know what the maximum number of Barclaycard Cads they will let you hold at any time?

    • Harry T says:

      As Rob suggested, I sent a letter to Virgin Atlantic credit cards HQ expressing my disappointment and emphasising my income, enthusiasm for VS miles collecting and informing them of my Amex Platinum card etc. They approved me for the Rewards + about a month after I sent the letter. At the time, my credit score was suboptimal due to some Amex churning, but the letter worked.

  • Ant says:

    OT: apologies but never really use Virgin but have a few miles to use. Can all Economy be upgraded to UC or only the Economy Delight?

  • Simonbr says:

    Regarding the IHG Stay in the Moment deal, the “travel your way” blurb implies a free early check-in with this deal. The IC in Doha want to charge me over £100 for an early (7am) check-in, so I’m wondering if I should dispute this..

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Sign up for ambassador early checkin at 10 am is guaranteed and so is an upgrade.

      Beach or city?