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Through July 5, 2017, Citi is offering a 10% bonus on ThankYou points transfers to Etihad Guest, which is the points currency accrued on cards like the Citi Prestige® Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. The bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, so there’s no need to register for the promotion, as points will automatically convert at a 1,000:1,100 ratio.
Etihad Guest is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest. Of those currencies, ThankYou points are the ones I value least, so they’d be my first choice for converting into Etihad miles.
This isn’t a huge transfer bonus, especially compared to the ones we’ve seen in the past, though it’s still worth being aware of if you have a short term use for Etihad Guest miles in mind. As a point of comparison, last July there was a 25% bonus on points transfers from Citi, last October there was a 20% bonus on virtually all partner transfers to Etihad Guest, and this April there was a 20% bonus on points transfers from hotel partners.
Best uses of Etihad Guest miles?
As far as non-US airlines go, Etihad Guest has fairly reasonable redemption rates. Etihad has a roughly distance based award chart, so your best way to look up prices is to just go to the Etihad award search tool and look up what they’re charging.
Just to give a few examples of business & first class redemption rates for potentially useful routes:
- New York to Abu Dhabi — 88,391 miles in business class, 117,560 miles in first class
- London to Abu Dhabi — 65,964 miles in business class, 87,732 miles in first class
- Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi — 108,076 miles in business class, 143,741 miles in first class
American AAdvantage used to be the best way to redeem for Etihad premium cabin awards, but since their devaluation, Etihad Guest miles are the best option in many cases.
Also keep in mind that redeeming Etihad Guest miles on partner airlines can represent a great value.
For example, Etihad Guest miles can efficiently be redeemed for travel on American, typically at costs similar to what American charged before their devaluation. The challenge is American’s lack of saver level award availability, which is virtually non-existent in many markets.
Air Serbia started flying between New York and Belgrade last year, and they’re an Etihad Guest partner. I’ve flown Air Serbia on this route, and had a great experience. At just ~64,000 miles one-way with no fuel surcharges and great award availability, it’s a great deal, in my opinion.
While this is one of the weaker transfer bonuses we’ve seen, I’m sure it’ll come in handy for anyone who has a short term use in mind for Etihad Guest miles. Of Etihad’s transfer partners, Citi ThankYou points are the ones I value least, so they’re the first ones I’d transfer. I’m sure we’ll see bigger bonuses in the future, so personally I’d only take advantage of this deal if you have a short term use for these miles in mind.
(Tip of the hat to @IadisGr8)