Etihad has launched the best deal on miles that I have ever seen the airline offer and because Etihad Guest miles can be used to book American Airlines awards at a lower mileage cost than American prices its awards, this sale can be a fantastic way to fly in American Airlines' First or Business Class cabin at a significant discount.
In this post I'm going to show how you can use a current Etihad promotion, a Marriott Bonvoy benefit and a current Marriott Bonvoy points sale to generate cheap Etihad Guest Miles which you can then use to book great value American Airlines premium cabin awards.
Etihad Guest has announced a partnership with Booking.com which allows members to earn miles for bookings made through a dedicated co-branded version of Booking.com’s website.
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.
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.
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