Earn Up To 4x Miles With Etihad Guest

As far as non-US frequent flyer programs go, Etihad Guest is actually incredible generous in terms of their earning and redemption rates. They don’t impose fuel surcharges on award tickets in most markets, and their rates for travel on their own flights are in many cases comparable to what American AAdvantage charges.

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The real selling point of the program, though, is that they often run extremely generous promotions, both on the earning and redemption side. Sometimes they offer promotions for exponentially more miles on revenue tickets, while other times they offer discounts on award tickets.

This time around, Etihad Guest is offering triple miles for economy travel and quadruple miles for business & first class travel.

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The basic terms of the promotion are as follows:

  • Valid for travel booked by June 4, 2015
  • Registration required by June 4, 2015
  • Valid for travel between May 13, 2015, and February 29, 2016
  • Blackout dates of July 15, 2015 through August 15, 2015, and December 15, 2015, and January 15, 2016, apply
  • Valid for travel on Etihad Airways operated flights and codeshare flights operated by Etihad Airways Partners
  • Bonus miles count as redeemable miles only (they don’t count towards status)
  • It can take up to 60 days after travel for bonus miles to post

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The great thing is how few terms there are with this promotion. All revenue fare classes are eligible for the bonus. As a reminder, here are the Etihad Guest mileage earning rates:

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Etihad Guest gives the following examples of how many miles you can earn through this promotion:

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For example, Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi is ~16,600 miles roundtrip. If you book a first class “P” fare you’d ordinarily earn 400% miles. Then you’d earn an additional 300% bonus through this promotion, for a total of 700% of flown miles.

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Even though you can now credit all Etihad flights between the US and Abu Dhabi to American AAdvantage, I’d say in many cases it could make a lot more sense to credit to Etihad Guest if you can take advantage of one of these promotions.

Bottom line

Admittedly under most circumstances it’s not worth booking a premium fare on Etihad just to take advantage of this promotion. That being said, if you have paid travel coming up and flying Etihad is an option, this is certainly something which would make me consider flying with them.

(Tip of the hat to Mike)

Comments

  1. How do they come up with 114k for LHR-SYD return? Assuming a C or J fare for a total of 475% miles earned, that implies a distance of 24000 miles round trip, but gcmap suggest it’s less than 22000.

  2. @koroleon

    They calculate the bonus in addition to the points given, if flying in C or J you are getting 175% of the miles and then you are getting a 300% additional for a total of 475%. Pretty good deal

  3. Bonus miles from Etihad promotions post maybe 25% of the time if you are fortunate. The rest of the time you just chase them for months on end without any response.

  4. My family and I fly our EY mistake fare in Sept. 4 ppl = 90,000 EY miles for $800 😉 and 4 round trips to UAE.. Very nice !

  5. So, if I’m reading this promotion right…

    Me and my girl’s $187 fares to EVN via AUH are now worth 19252 on AA and 67382 on EY?

    And they allow family pooling?

    Now I’ve gotta figure out if there are any good sweet spots for EY Guest miles without crazy YQ…

  6. @koroleon

    Sure LHR-SYD is 22K miles, but the route is LHR-AUH-SYD and that is 24K miles since it’s not a perfect grand circle.

  7. does it actually have to be booked during the promo period? The terms are pretty vague in that regards… just that it has to have been booked by a certain date, and travel during certain periods…

  8. I know I’m late to the party but I think a lot of you are getting the promotion wrong. It’s triple and quadruple earned miles.

    If you book a fare P, it will not be 700% of miles flown, it will be triple the 400% and be 1200%.

    The LA example they give is the lower R fare, 180% quadrupled to 720%. $16,600 x 720% gives the 120k.

    Korolean asked how 22K miles is 114K points. If the lower earning business class is booked, this is 130%, quadrupled to 520% gives the 114K.

    Think about it, if it was 300% of miles flown and not earned, how would the economy return sao paulo to Abu Dhabi give only 22500 miles? Economy is triple so you’re saying 200% of miles on top of the 50% you get? The trip is around 14K miles! It’s the 50% earned miles tripled to 150% which does give 22500.

    No idea why etihad give examples of only the lowest fare types of each class but you are actually really underplaying how good this promotion was, unless you fly economy!

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