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 introduced the concept of allowing flyers to bid for a one cabin upgrade back in 2012 but, up until now, the only form of payment Etihad recognised for upgrades was cash. This has now changed.
Etihad has been offering a valuable 20% bonus on the sale of its miles since mid-February but the offer runs out tonight so you have just a few hours left if you need/want to top up your Etihad Guest account.
Etihad is currently offering a 30% bonus on the sale of its miles and this could signal a good opportunity to buy miles cheaply with a view to using them on American Airlines for great value saver awards....if you can find availability.
One of the oddities in the miles and points world has long been the fact that Citi's ThankYou points don't transfer over to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. Citi had a monopoly on the issuance of American Airlines co-branded credit cards for years and even today it issues four of the airline's six credit cards which are currently open for applications but AAdvantage still hasn't appeared as a ThankYou transfer partner.
Etihad is currently sending out emails to its Etihad Guest rewards program members with a subject line to worry any seasoned miles and points enthusiast. No one who's been around this hobby for any length of time likes to receive an email from a rewards program where the subject line reads "An update to your programme benefits" - they're almost always bad news.
Etihad doesn't belong to an airline alliance but, thanks to its investment in a number of other airlines, it does have what it calls "a partnership". The partnership is made up of 8 airlines contains Alitalia and, more surprisingly, airberlin which is a member of the oneworld alliance. Up until now, from a flyer benefits perspective, the partnership hasn't been that well coordinated...but Etihad has just changed all of that.