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How To Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points to Etihad Guest

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You’ve been earning Membership Rewards® points* for your dream vacation to the Middle East and other captivating destinations. The next step is to book your travel by transferring the points to an airline reward program, like Etihad Guest.

Whether this is your first time transferring points or you are an experienced user of points and miles, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step to help you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest.

How to Transfer Membership Rewards Points to Etihad Guest

To begin, eligible American Express Card members can transfer their American Express Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest at a 1:1 ratio. This means that for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points you transfer, you will receive 1,000 Etihad Guest Miles.

Now, we’ll present a detailed, easy-to-follow guide on linking your American Express account to your Etihad Guest account for seamless point transfers.

Register for an Etihad Guest Account

The first step is to register for a free Etihad Guest account. This process takes only a few minutes, and once completed, you can link your Etihad Guest number to your American Express account.

Etihad Guest Register Screenshot
Image Credit: Etihad Airways

First, you’ll need to log into your American Express account. Once signed in, click the “Explore Rewards” button beneath the points balance.

Amex Explore Rewards Screenshot
Image Credit: American Express

Select “Transfer Points” on the following screen and view participating airline partners.

Amex Transfer Points Website Screenshot
Image Credit: American Express

Then, choose Etihad Guest from the list of options.

Amex Airline Transfer Partner List Screenshot
Image Credit: American Express

After you’ve chosen Etihad Guest, you’ll be prompted to input your “partner account number” into the provided box.

Link Etihad via Amex Screenshot
Image Credit: American Express

In the next step, you must enter your credit card information to verify the Amex account. You can pick 1 of your eligible Amex cards and add the required information if you have multiple.

Amex transfer verification process screenshot 1
Image Credit: American Express

Finally, after verifying your identification and credit card details, you successfully linked your Etihad Guest account with American Express and can start transferring points.

Amex Etihad Linked Screenshot
Image Credit: American Express

Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to Etihad

Before transferring Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest, it’s important to consider whether it’s the right decision for you. For instance, booking award flights on partner airlines can be a good value.

This award chart is specifically for partner-operated flights that can be booked using Etihad Guest Miles.

Some of our favorite ways to redeem Etihad Guest Miles for maximum value are:

  • New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Casablanca (CMN) on Royal Air Maroc for 45,000 Miles one-way in economy or 80,000 miles one-way in business class.
  • Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo (HND or NRT) one-way on ANA for 100,000 Miles in business class
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Santiago (SCL) one-way on American Airlines in economy for 60,000 Miles
  • Charlotte (CLT) to London-Heathrow (LHR) one-way business class on American Airlines for 80,000 Miles
Distance RangeEconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
0 to 5006,0007,50010,00014,000
501 to 1,00012,00013,00020,00027,000
1,001 to 1,50015,00019,00030,00040,000
1,501 to 2,00023,00025,00040,00054,000
2,001 to 2,50028,00031,00050,00067,000
2,501 to 3,00034,00037,00060,00080,000
3,001 to 4,00045,00049,00080,000107,000
4,001 to 5,00060,00062,000100,000134,000
5,001 to 6,00067,00074,000120,000160,000
Hot Tip:

Before booking any flight using Etihad Guest miles, you should verify award space before transferring from American Express to Etihad Guest. Because once you have transferred those points, they cannot be reversed.

Final Thoughts

American Express offers an impressive lineup of cards earning Membership Rewards points that provide excellent value. One of the benefits eligible American Express cardholders can receive is the ability to transfer points to Etihad Guest, a 1:1 transfer partner, and use them to book an exciting trip. Points can be transferred from American Express to Etihad for booking Etihad flights.

*Membership Rewards® Program

Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards® program apply. Visit for more information. Participating partners and available rewards are subject to change without notice.

The value of Membership Rewards points varies according to how you choose to use them. To learn more, go to

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer my Etihad Guest Miles to someone else?

Yes, Etihad Guest allows members to transfer Miles between friends and family. This program is called ‘shareable miles’ and allows members to transfer at a ratio of 5 Etihad Guest Miles for 1 SHARE point.

Etihad Guest members also have the ability to share and pool Miles into a family account, where family members can share and redeem Miles from one account.

How long is the transfer time when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest?

Transferring Membership Rewards to Etihad Guest can take up to 48 hours.

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