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Etihad’s current mileage sale ends today so this may be your last chance (for a while) to book some great value First Class and Business Class American Airlines awards using cheap Etihad Guest miles and the airline’s flyer-friendly award chart.
Etihad Guest Mileage Sale
The premise of the sale is straightforward: Buy Etihad Guest miles by 31 May 2019 and receive up to 20% bonus miles (link to the Etihad miles 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 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…..
…..you’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 in the past, Etihad Guest miles can be used to book American Airlines saver awards at a very attractive rate thanks to the fact that Etihad uses an award chart which is very similar to an American Airlines award chart dating back before the big devaluation of 2016.
Here’s what the Etihad award chart for American Airlines redemptions 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 for Chase, Citi, and Amex it shouldn’t be too 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.
Here’s how these awards would price up assuming a cost of 1.67 cents/mile (not including taxes and fees):
- USA – Europe roundtrip Business Class award: $1,670
- USA – Europe roundtrip First Class award: $2,088
- USA – Australia/New Zealand roundtrip Business Class award: $2,088
- USA – China/Hong Kong roundtrip Business Class award: $1,837
- USA – China/Hong Kong roundtrip First Class award: $2,255
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)
There’s one big issue here and it’s one that’s very important to flag – 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 they’re planning to book is actually available.
I bought Etihad miles in this sale but I only bought them after I found an award I wanted to book….and I then booked the award within minutes of the Etihad Guest miles hitting my account.
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 of 2016.
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.