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While the Etihad Guest frequent flyer program isn’t the most rewarding out there in terms of elite benefits, they deserve credit for having really reasonable redemption rates.
In most cases their redemption rates are roughly comparable to what American AAdvantage charges, which are among the best in the industry. Beyond that, Etihad Guest don’t impose fuel surcharges on most award tickets.
25% off Etihad Guest award tickets
Etihad Guest is offering a 25% discount on award tickets at the moment:
- The promotion is valid for awards booked through March 20, 2015
- Travel must be completed by December 31, 2015
- Use promotion code REDM25 at the time of booking
- All award types are eligible, including “GuestSeat” awards and “OpenSeat” awards
- The promotion is valid for travel to/from 29 cities, spread across five continents (eligible US destinations include Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington Dulles)
As a reminder, here’s a primer I wrote about searching Etihad award space.
So how good are Etihad’s award rates with the 25% discount?
Washington to Abu Dhabi one-way in 787 first class costs 85,833 miles (compared to American’s 90,000 mile award rate):
Travel from Abu Dhabi to Paris one-way in first class costs 39,700 miles (compared to American’s 40,000 mile award rate):
Travel from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt one-way in business class costs 29,265 miles (compared to American’s 30,000 mile award rate):
Travel from Abu Dhabi to the Seychelles one-way in business class costs 19,510 miles (compared to American’s 45,000 mile award rate):
I really think it’s worth giving Etihad credit for just how reasonable their redemption rates are. For example, let’s compare their rates to Emirates Skywards. The cheapest Emirates one-way first class award rate between the US and Dubai is 155,000 miles plus $725 in carrier-imposed surcharges. Etihad Guest is extremely rewarding, by comparison.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles
While Etihad Guest isn’t transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards they are transfer partners with Citi ThankYou Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.
This means that points earned through the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card could be transferred to Etihad Guest. This is an extremely lucrative card which offers 3x points in select categories. The benefits on the card are being changed up next month, as follows:
When you factor in that you’re earning 2-3x points per dollar spent in many categories with the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, that actually makes points transfers to Etihad Guest pretty lucrative under many scenarios, especially since American AAdvantage isn’t a transfer partner.
Furthermore, since Etihad Guest is a Starwood Preferred Guest transfer partner, you can transfer points earned through the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Best of all, for every 20,000 points transferred you get a 5,000 point bonus, meaning you can potentially get a transfer ratio of 1:1.25.
Etihad Guest deserves credit for actually having a lucrative loyalty program in terms of award redemptions, and that’s only made better by this promotion. If you have Etihad Guest points (or Citi ThankYou Rewards points) I’d absolutely consider making a booking through this offer in the coming days.
Have you ever redeemed miles through the Etihad Guest program?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)