A friend of mine who is about to fly Etihad sent me an interesting offer he had received.
Etihad is offering him the ability to bid to ‘buy’ empty seats around him. The minimum bid, for an Abu Dhabi to Heathrow sector, was:
- £50 to get an empty seat next to him
- £100 to be seated alone on a row of three economy seats
- £150 to be seated alone on a centre row of four economy seat
Here is a screenshot (click to enlarge):
This is not as bad a deal for Etihad as you might think. An empty seat pays no Air Passenger Duty (although none was due in this case) or airport taxes, does not eat or drink and does not bring any luggage.
It does, however, send a message about Etihad’s anticipated economy load factors!
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (November 2020)
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 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.