Etihad’s excellent products and service have earned it the title of “World’s Leading Airline” at the World Travel Awards every year since 2009. If you’d rather fly with another carrier, though, you can use Etihad Guest Miles on a host of other airlines. Even though Etihad is not a member of a major airline alliance, they are building their own partner network, which currently includes reciprocal points earning and redeeming, along with other benefits, on 23 carriers. You can also get codeshare flights with 18 other airlines.

General Information

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Pros

  • Low taxes and fees ❻
  • First date change is free ❸
  • Miles redeemption for baggage ❶
  • Cash and miles option available
  • Family mile sharing and pooling
  • Good number of partner airlines

Cons

  • Etihad adds fuel surcharges ❹
  • Stopovers on round trip only ❺
  • Expensive rates on Etihad flights
  • Partners cannot be booked online

Fees & Charges

  • Phone booking fee
    $0
  • Cancellation fee ❷
    $55
  • Redeposit fee ❼
    $55

Additional Information

Expiration: Miles expire 24 months since last activity.
For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
❶ Excess baggage can be paid with miles
❷ Waived for gold and elite members
❸ The second and all further date changes on awards incur a fee of $30
❹ Etihad adds fuel surcharges in some cases
❺ Stopovers and open jaws are available on round trip flights only
❻ Most fees are about $30
❼ Cancellation and mile redepositing fee is 2,000 miles or $55

Transfer Partners

1,000
Citi points
1 : 1
1,000
miles
12 days
1,000
Citi points
1 : 1
1,000
miles
12 days
1,000
Amex points
1 : 1
1,000
miles
Instant
1,000
Amex points
1 : 1
1,000
miles
Instant
1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
miles
30 days
1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
miles
30 days
1,000
Hyatt points
2.5 : 1
400
miles
56 days
1,000
Hyatt points
2.5 : 1
400
miles
56 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
miles
42 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days
1,000
Carlson points
10 : 1
100
miles
42 days
1,000
Carlson points
10 : 1
100
miles
42 days

The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Etihad Guest.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
airberlin airberlin
oneworld®
Air New Zealand Air New Zealand
Star Alliance™
Air Serbia Air Serbia
No alliance
Air Seychelles Air Seychelles
No alliance
Alitalia Alitalia
SkyTeam
American Airlines American Airlines
oneworld®
ANA ANA
Star Alliance™
Asiana Airlines Asiana Airlines
Star Alliance™
Bangkok Airways Bangkok Airways
No alliance
Brussels Airlines Brussels Airlines
Star Alliance™
Czech Airlines Czech Airlines
SkyTeam
Darwin Airline Darwin Airline
No alliance
Flybe Flybe
No alliance
Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia
SkyTeam
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
GOL GOL
No alliance
Hainan Airlines Hainan Airlines
No alliance
Jet Airways Jet Airways
No alliance
Korean Air Korean Air
SkyTeam
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines
oneworld®
NIKI NIKI
oneworld®
Oman Air Oman Air
No alliance
Philippine Airlines Philippine Airlines
No alliance
Royal Air Maroc Royal Air Maroc
No alliance
Scandinavian Airlines Scandinavian Airlines
Star Alliance™
South African Airways South African Airways
Star Alliance™
SriLankan Airlines SriLankan Airlines
oneworld®
UIA UIA
No alliance
Virgin Australia Virgin Australia
No alliance