Etihad Guest - Etihad Airways

Etihad Guest
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 airline partners. You can also get codeshare flights with 18 other airlines.
  • 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
  • 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
Amex points
1 : 1
1,000
miles
Instant
1,000
SPG points
1 : 1
+ 5,000 bonus
1,000
miles
30 days
1,000
Hyatt points
2.5 : 1
400
miles
56 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
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
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

Program Review

How You Benefit as an Etihad Airways Guest

Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, established by Royal Decree from the Emirian in July 2003. Since then Etihad Airways has fulfilled its mandate by providing a top quality service that is safe, highly efficient and commercially profitable. Perfectly positioned geographically, its flight guests are offered over 110 passenger and cargo destinations on six continents, helped by a fleet of more than 120-aircraft! 

 

Welcoming Guest Miles Rewards

Your Etihad Airways Guest Miles experience begins with your first flight, in the form of a 500-bonus-miles welcome. This is just one example of the many and various means of collecting Guest Miles that include over 150-partners. Amongst them are over 300,000 excellent hotels worldwide, which give you the option of selecting the perfect hotel for your stay. You can make your booking using miles or combine with cash and also enjoy added benefits at selected restaurants, car hire services, and retail outlets.

You are offered 3-Tiers and Status opportunities as follows:

  • Etihad Guest Silver
  • Etihad Guest Gold
  • Etihad Guest Platinum

Etihad Airways encourage you to accumulate Guest Miles faster by earning them as a family, which you will increase your ability to receive rewards. Although your Tier miles are valid for one year, you can retain your Guest Miles for two- years from the collection date.

 

Co-Branded Cards

It is the dedicated mission of Etihad Airways to provide the most convenient and efficient flying experience and service to the flight Guests. With this in mind, Etihad partner with established financial providers to offer you generous benefits with options for payment cards. 

 

Your Card Choices and Advantages!

The American Express Membership Rewards is recognized as being one of the most valued and transferable point’s currencies. There are many and varied opportunities for Etihad Guests to accumulate Membership Rewards by way of purchases with their credit cards! This is contributed to by partnership transfers with 16 airlines and 3 hotels, which offer you flexible and versatile advantages for redeeming Membership Rewards. In addition, you can gain exceptional flights opportunities to your dream destinations.

Platinum Card: 5,000 Welcome Etihad Guest Miles and 1,000 Bonus Miles on your first Etihad Airways Flight. 
Gold Card: 3,000 Welcome Etihad Guest Miles with 1,000 Bonus miles on your first Etihad Airways Flight.

The Amex Membership Rewards program is designed to provide cardholders with opportunities to earn points on virtually any purchase! Membership Rewards are achieved by your holding one of the various affiliated American Express cards, which automatically enrolls you in the program. The number of points you will earn per US Dollar depends on which card you use and the category of your purchases as some are included in bonus categories

 

UAE Card Options

There is also a variety of UAE cards offered to Etihad Guests, each offering particular brand incentives. Amongst them are:

  • The ADIB Etihad Guest Visa Covered Cards 
  • NBAD Infinite Etihad Guest Credit Cards 
  • ADCB for Etihad Guest Miles 
  • The “Above” Cards

 

Achieve Benefits Beyond Your Flight-Earning Miles

Etihad Airways takes into consideration the needs of Guests regarding comfortable accommodation and personal transportation. To meet your demands it has partnered with established and generally recognized car rentals and hotels providers. They have been selected to ensure you enjoy even greater benefits and rewards, including when on vacation! 

Your Etihad Guest Miles are earned from a variety of applications, which include;

  • Flights
  • Partner purchasing options 
  • Spending by way of recognized Etihad Guest Payment Cards

They can all be utilized for flights, upgrades, and various other rewards. In addition, Etihad Guest Tier Miles and Tier Segments accrue to you when you fly and contribute to your attaining the Etihad Guest Silver, Gold or Platinum tiers. You naturally, also have the advantage of collecting Tier Miles on the previously stated Etihad Guest Payment Cards.

As a valued Etihad Guest, they ensure that their Rewards Program caters to the many and varied needs of the Members. This includes offering freedom in choices as to how you can utilize your earned points! An example of this is that you have the capacity to load any number of miles onto your Visa Reward Card for online or direct store purchases.

 

Etihad Guest and Citi-Thank You Rewards

The Citi ThankYou Loyalty incentives program enables you as an Etihad Guest to accumulate “Citi ThankYou” points, able to be utilized to obtain various rewards, for example:

  • Travel rewards
  • With Amazon, Best Buy and Live Nation
  • For gift cards and statement credit 

To become a Member of the program, approval is necessary for one of the recognized Citi ThankYou credit cards. The 5-currently available Citi-ThankYou Rewards cards are:

  • Preferred Card
  • Premier Card
  • Prestige Card
  • AT&T Access Card 
  • Earning Citibank ThankYou Rewards Using Credit Cards

 

Status as a Starwood Preferred Guest

As a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) you earn a status that entitles you to exciting rewards and benefits. With this Rewards Program, you can benefit from a wide and varied range of lifestyle opportunities, including access to1, 500 hotels and resorts contributed to by 11-brands of distinction in about 100-countries. 

Your SPG program offers you among the most elitist benefits in the industry, and includes the opportunity of attaining a lifelong Gold or Platinum status!  Supplementing your membership is:

  • Awards of Free Night Stays
  • Stay Redeems without blackout dates (including during holidays)
  • Opportunity to “Tee-off” with your favorite golf professional
  • Visit backstage with a band 

This is in addition to the luxury experiences at hotels, such as the; 

  • Hyatt
  • Marriott
  • IHG
  • Hilton
  • Carlson

Your SPG status offers you the advantages and benefits of VIP Rewards and luxury accommodation, sporting events, concerts and culinary experiences. It gives exceptional flexibility, for example; converting your Starpoints into stays at Marriott hotels and combining points and cash when booking online.

 

Do Not Lose Those Missed Miles!

Each Flight Mile is a benefit to you and with this consideration; Etihad offers you the advantage of being able to claim for miles from previous flights you have taken with Etihad Airways or one of Etihad's airline partners! This is a benefit that is applicable even if your flights were made before you became an Etihad Guest!

The only provisions are: 

  • You submit your claim within six months of your flight date
  • Your flight was made no longer than three months prior to you becoming an Etihad Guest!

 

Miles+Cash

Etihad wishes their Guests to benefit fully from their Membership. In the event of you wishing to fully redeem a flight with your miles and not having sufficient in your account, you can purchase up to 100,000 Etihad Guest Miles every year! One factor to keep in mind is that this transaction requires 75% of the total miles for that particular booking price is required to be in your account.

We welcome you as an Etihad Airways Guest and look forward to sharing with you a truly unique flying experience!