Buy Etihad Miles With A 20% Bonus (Good For Cheap American Airlines Awards)

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Etihad is back with another mileage sale and its the same sale we saw the airline publish back in February. With Etihad offering a flyer-friendly award chart for redemptions on American Airlines  this could once again be a good chance to buy miles cheaply with a view to booking American’s saver awards.

Etihad Guest Mileage Sale

Buy Etihad Guest miles by 31 May 2019 and receive up to 20% bonus miles (link to sale)

Here’s how the sale is structured:

  • Buy 6,000 – 20,000 miles and get a 10% Bonus
  • Buy 21,000 – 40,000 miles and get a 15% Bonus
  • Buy 41,000 – 60,000 miles and get a 20% Bonus

Headline Terms & Conditions

  • Miles may be purchased for $0.02 USD per mile (does not include the bonus miles which bring this price down)
  • Additional GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
  • A maximum of 100,000 miles can be purchased within a single calendar year, with a maximum of 60,000 miles per transaction.
  • Purchased miles are not refundable and are applicable towards all Etihad Guest awards.
  • Miles purchased using this option will post within 24 hours.
  • Purchased miles do not count towards status upgrades.
  • All standard Etihad Guest program rules and conditions apply.

The Math

The price per mile doesn’t vary within the bands so, if you buy 41,000 miles….

….you’ll end up with 49,200 miles (after the bonus) at a total cost of $820 or ~1.67 cents/mile.

And if you buy the full permitted amount of 60,000 miles…..

…’ll end up with 72,000 miles (after the bonus) at a cost of $1,200 or ~1.67 cents/mile.

That’s good news because it means you don’t have to buy more miles than you actually need.

Using Etihad Guest Miles On American Airlines

This sale isn’t quite as good as the sale Etihad was running through 31 December last year (where a 25% bonus was offered) but it can still be put to very good use if you know how.

As I’ve shown before, Etihad Guest miles can be used to book American Airlines saver awards at a very attractive rate as Etihad’s award chart for American Airlines is essentially American’s pre-devaluation award chart dating back a few years.

Here’ what the chart looks like:

Etihad’s award chart highlights:

  • USA – Europe roundtrip Business Class award: 100,000 Etihad Guest Miles
  • USA – Europe roundtrip First Class award: 125,000 Etihad Guest Miles
  • USA – Australia/New Zealand roundtrip Business Class award: 125,000 Etihad Guest Miles
  • USA – China/Hong Kong roundtrip Business Class award: 110,000 Etihad Guest Miles
  • USA – China/Hong Kong roundtrip First Class award: 135,000 Etihad Guest Miles

Unfortunately you can’t purchase enough miles in the current sale for all of those awards but as Etihad is a transfer partner of Citi’s ThankYou program, Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program and Amex Membership Rewards it’s not very hard to top up an Etihad Guest account.

You could also just book a one-way award and use a different airline’s currency for the remainder of your trip.

American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class
American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class

Here’s how these awards would price up if you bought miles in this sale:

  • USA – Europe one-way Business Class award: ~$835
  • USA – Europe one-way First Class award: ~$1,044
  • USA – Australia/New Zealand one-way Business Class award: ~$1,044
  • USA – China/Hong Kong one-way Business Class award: ~$919
  • USA – China/Hong Kong one-way First Class award: ~$1,127

Taxes and fees would need to be added in but they should be insignificant for flights to/from the US as long as you avoid the UK (where departure taxes are particularly high)

The one big issue here is the fact that finding American Airlines saver awards can be tough.

American is very bad at releasing premium cabin saver awards on its own flights so no one should be buying Etihad Guest Miles before checking that the award(s) they’re planning to book are actually available.

Bottom Line

If you can find saver award availability on American Airlines this sale could offer a great way to book those awards at rates we haven’t seen since the big American Airlines devaluation a few years ago.

There are plenty of other uses of Etihad Guest Miles too (here’s a link to the Etihad partner page) and, if you’re flying within Australia, you should be able to get good value by using Etihad miles for Business Class redemptions on Virgin Australia.

Buy Etihad Guest Miles at a discount via this link