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.

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 […]

MBNA will offer you the UK’s best credit card for travelling to stop you defecting!

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 credit card. It isn’t yet clear if the Lufthansa, United and […]

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 […]

What is the best replacement for the UK Etihad Guest credit card?

MBNA has written to holders of the Etihad Guest UK credit cards this week to tell them that they are closing on 27th July. Quite a few readers may have this card as there were some VERY generous sign-up bonuses over the years.  It reached […]

Bits: Virgin’s new afternoon tea in pictures, new Oman Air First Class suite, £20 off Opodo flights

News in brief: Virgin’s new Afternoon Tea in the Clubhouse As I wrote last week, Virgin Atlantic has launched a new afternoon tea service in the Heathrow Clubhouse in Terminal 3. You will receive a stand of sandwiches and cakes plus tea or a glass […]

Bits: Good Etihad fare to Oz for Christmas, 100% bonus buying Hilton points, F1 and tennis with SPG/Marriott

News in brief: Good Etihad fare to Australia for Christmas I’ve had a few emails recently asking about cheap cash flights to Australia over Christmas.   As this is a non-starter for Avios – and anyway is terrible value given the taxes – you need to […]

Bits: BA resuming Oakland next April, Etihad drops Edinburgh and Perth, Blacklane update

News in brief: British Airways to resume Oakland in April 2019 We recently covered the suspension of flights by British Airways to Oakland in California from 20th October. According to Airlineroute, Oakland is showing again in the GDS booking systems from 1st April 2019.  Because […]

Bits: LHR T1 contents auction, Etihad UK call centre to close?, new Radisson for New York, 10% off LATAM

News in brief: Heathrow Terminal 1 auctions off – everything! Last year we covered an auction where the heavy plant from Heathrow Terminal 1 was being sold off. On 21st April, literally everything else from T1 which could be ripped off the walls or floor […]