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Etihad & SAS announce a new codeshare deal

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SAS management can now concentrate on the future. Earlier this month it was announced that a consortium led by Air France KLM would take over the airline as it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US. The airline confirmed that it would leave Star Alliance, of which it was a founding member, and eventually join SkyTeam.

That deal is due to complete in the second quarter of 2024. In the meantime SAS is already cosying up to some of Air France KLM’s partners, including Etihad.

Etihad and SAS codeshare partnership

Whilst not part of any airline alliance, Etihad has very strong ties with Air France KLM. In September, all three airlines announced they were looking at working closer together and in particular allowing “frequent flyers of both Flying Blue and Etihad Guest to earn and redeem miles with Air France, KLM, and Etihad.”

It’s no surprise that Etihad is following up with an SAS deal, having launched flights to Copenhagen this month. The codeshare mostly covers Northern Europe and India, as you can see on the map below.

Etihad SAS codeshare map

It also includes Etihad’s flights to Johannesburg, the Seychelles, London, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich and Milan.

However, and this is the interesting bit, you’ll be able to cross-credit flights to Etihad Guest or SAS EuroBonus across ALL flights, not just those under the codeshare. This means you’ll be able to earn EuroBonus points from all Etihad flights and Etihad Guest miles from all SAS flights.

It’s not clear if it will be possible to cross-redeem, although it would be surprising if you couldn’t.

The codeshare will go live at the end of December in time for travel in January.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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.

Comments (11)

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  • newbz says:

    I remember crediting Etihad flights to SAS Eurobonus 6-7 years ago, so at least part of this functionality must have already been there for a long time.

    • The real Swiss Tony says:

      Yep, I did this when I flew Etihad LHR-AUH a couple of years back. And you have been able to redeem SK miles on Etihad as well, albeit with some odd restrictions such as round trip only and for about 40% more miles than a *A award.

  • Bernard says:

    Not much new. Eurobonus has been earned on Etihad for many years now. The article needs correction.

  • Andrew. says:

    Wonder if the increasing number of Aurigny flights partly relates to their Healthcare system.

    I know Jersey does a lot of contracting to Southampton & Oxford. I’ve got a feeling that Guernsey contracts to G&StT

  • Travelman says:

    Will the codesharing with Etihad include lounge access if you have Eurobonus star alliance gold?

    • Rhys says:

      Yes, the flight would be treated as a SAS flight under a codeshare. (Assuming you book it under a SAS flight number)

  • Matthias says:

    I flew Aurigny occasionally for work on Guernsey. It’s a perfectly good airline but it always cracked me up when they referred to their single E190 as “the jet”.

    • Sean says:

      The E195 is leaving the fleet according to plans. Hence the increase in flights to London City to cover the reduced capacity on LGW flights.

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      ‘The Jet’ was a matter of great excitement initially on our little island – it was quite the novelty when compared to the usual turbo-prop 🙂 However, the novelty soon wore off as whenever it goes tech service recovery is slow as the other ATRs in the fleet have a capacity of some or so 50 seats less!
      Operating different aircraft also inevitably brings other operational complications (engineering cost, pilot & crew training etc.) so the plan is that the fleet will be standardised on ATRs by 2025… a bit boring compared to ‘The Jet’ and also the now departed tiny trilanders but if it reduces costs then I’ll be a happy Globetrotter 😉

  • Richard says:

    Article needs corrected as Edinburgh service states it starts 16th Dec 2023. Though it seems to change from a Sat flight to a Wed flight for the summer schedule.

  • PB2 says:

    EuroBonus have apparently extended their very simple status match to incl. BAEC members now.

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