Etihad seems to have a special fast track status promotion for readers of The Times, which has suspiciously few terms & conditions.
Specifically, if you register for Etihad Guest at this link and then fly by May 10, 2017, you can earn status:
- Receive Etihad Guest Silver status after taking a flight in economy
- Receive Etihad Guest Gold status after taking a flight in business or first class
The extent of the terms & conditions for the promotion are as follows:
Offer available from 10 November until 24 November 2016. Travel must be completed by 10 May 2017. Only applications made using the above reader offer link are valid. Offer only available for new enrolments.
It doesn’t seem to specify where the ticket has to originate, whether a one-way qualifies, etc. Based on that I would assume that any revenue ticket qualifies, even if it’s one-way.
This is a pretty easy opportunity to pick up Etihad Gold status, which also gets you perks on all Etihad Airways Partners, including airberlin, Alitalia, Virgin Australia, etc.
However, as far as elite programs go, Etihad Guest has fairly weak benefits. As a Gold member you receive priority services (check-in, security, boarding, etc.), lounge access, and priority for operational upgrades.
So I wouldn’t go out of my way to take advantage of this offer, but if you’re going to be flying Etihad and weren’t sure which loyalty program to credit to, it might be worth crediting at least one segment to Etihad Guest so that you can get status through this promotion.
Hopefully this promotion is as straightforward as it sounds. Etihad is notorious for poorly written terms & conditions.
Is anyone planning on taking advantage of this fast track offer for Etihad Silver or Gold status?
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)