Etihad and Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest is the loyalty scheme for Etihad Airways. The articles below outline the best ways of earning and spending your points if you are based in the UK. I also review the First Class Apartment on the A380, the First Class Suite on their Boeing 777, the Business Class Studio on their A380 and the Etihad lounges at Heathrow Terminal 4 and Abu Dhabi Terminal 3.

For further information on Etihad and Etihad Guest, visit their website here.

Etihad’s Manchester lounge in T1 becomes a premium independent ‘1903’ lounge

Last year I went up to Manchester to try out the brand new premium independent lounge in Terminal 3 – the ‘1903’ lounge. My review of the 1903 lounge is here.  The airport spent £1.6m on the lounge and I was impressed – it was […]

Does Italian law mean you can book a cheap BA ticket from Milan but get on in London?

We cover ex-EU flights deals (cheap flights which start in a European country, not the UK) now and again on Head for Points, although they are not for everyone.  There are two types of ex-EU deal if you live in the UK: saving money (not […]

Bits: HfP discount at Ski Solutions, good Oman Air deals from Paris inc Maldives, Etihad UK sale

News in brief: HfP exclusive discount at Ski Solutions If you are reading our articles via desktop or receive the daily emails, you will have noticed advertising this week for Ski Solutions.  Run by a regular HfP reader, this is a ski holiday company with 30 […]

Bits: Etihad’s Business Class Studio comes to Manchester, Grand Hyatt opens in Athens, Virgin opens its pub!

News in brief: Etihad bringing the Business Class Studio to Manchester In an encouraging boost for the region, Etihad is swapping its morning departure from Manchester to a Boeing 787.  This is the first time that Etihad has operated a 787 from the UK. This […]

Bits: free Etihad luggage tags, Virgin Atlantic opening a pop-up pub, Gatwick Airport train ticket acceptance

News in brief: Free personalised luggage tags from Etihad Via its website, Etihad is letting you design your own luggage tag – for free! You can upload any photograph or image you want subject to copyright rules (perhaps try an image of a BA Gold […]

Bits: Eurostar opening a London lounge cocktail bar, Etihad launches Acqua di Parma amenity kits

News in brief: Eurostar to open a cocktail bar in the London lounge The highlight of the huge new Eurostar Business Premier lounge in Paris is the cocktail bar, which is open every evening and serves up your choice of drink – on the house.  […]

Bits: Etihad 10% World Cup discount, Qatar puts an A350 on Manchester, Finnair launches with AirPortr

News in brief: Etihad offering 10% World Cup discount Etihad is offering a special 10% World Cup consolation discount to anyone booking before 15th July. You need to fly from Manchester or Heathrow, in any class, between 1st September and 31st March 2019. You need […]

Bits: £973 oneworld deal to Rio for August, Etihad F1 packages, Starwood loses four Dubai hotels

News in brief: LATAM launches a £973 business class deal to Rio for August travel LATAM has launched a very attractive business class fare to Rio, from just £973 in Business Class. In theory this fare can be booked out of Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt and […]

What happened at the Head for Points Summer Party

Thank you to everyone who came to the Head for Points Summer Party on Monday, at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock. We had just under 250 people there.  I was a little nervous about having such a big group – our Christmas events have always […]

Bits: see you at the party tonight; new Iberia ‘9000 Avios promo’ developments

News in brief: The HFP Summer Party is tonight! Anika and I look forward to seeing 250 of you tonight at the first Head for Points Summer Party, sponsored by Etihad Airways  If you bought a ticket you should have received an email on Friday […]

Hilton drops ‘Travelling Connect’ but you can still earn points with your mobile abroad

Travelling Connect is a nifty mileage earning opportunity for – primarily – the travelling business person who uses their phone heavily outside the UK. It is, if nothing else, genius in its simplicity. All you need to do is register your mobile number and then […]

SOLD OUT: Get your HfP Summer Party tickets TODAY from 1pm – great Etihad raffle prizes confirmed!

+++ Sold Out – We are very sorry, we thought 250 tickets would last a bit longer. Well done if you got a ticket. We look forward to seeing you on the 9th+++ As we announced on Monday, we are pleased to say that we […]

What you need to know about the HFP Summer Party on Monday 9th July (note the new date!)

Last week we announced the light, sunny and airy Glasshouse suite at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock as the venue for our first Head for Points Summer party. We proposed Tuesday 3rd July. Unfortunately, as we hadn’t got our World Cup wall charts up at the […]

What are the best credit card sign-up deals for June? – plus a news round-up

It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. The market is slowly coming to terms with the interchange fee caps and is moving forward.  The key […]

Bits: Etihad Guest moving to variable reward pricing, Amex Esso cashback deal, Cathay Pacific sale

News in brief: Etihad Guest moving to variable reward pricing Just a few months after their last round of reward price changes, Etihad Guest is launching another belt-tightening measure – variable redemption pricing. From 30th June, the mileage price shown in the redemption charts or […]

My review of MBNA’s Horizon Visa credit card – possibly the UK’s best credit card to use when travelling

This is my review of MBNA’s new Horizon Visa credit card. Yesterday I wrote about how MBNA has pulled the plug on the UK Etihad Guest credit card from 27th July.  This is also now confirmed as the final date for the MBNA American Airlines […]

How to get a 35% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro since the Brexit vote has been to destroy much – but not all – of the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International […]