18 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Etihad Airways Guest Programme Miles [2017]

Since its first flight took off in November 2003, Etihad Airways has developed a reputation as a leading airline, recently winning Air Transport World’s 2016 Airline of the Year.

Known for its modern new-generation fleets, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates serves 68 countries around the world. In the U.S., Etihad Airways serves airports in Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Members can earn miles in the Etihad Guest Programme by utilizing credit cards and a variety of other strategies. Keep reading to learn about maximizing miles to redeem Etihad Guest Programme rewards as quickly as possible!

Etihad Guest Programme

1. Enroll and Earn Etihad Guest Miles

Sign up online for the free Etihad Guest Programme, which is open to residents of any country at least 2 years of age. You can also enroll at check-in or fill out a form in one of the Etihad Airways lounges.

Once the first activity posts to your account, you will receive 500 bonus miles.

Etihad Guest Program
Signing up for the Etihad Guest Programme is free. Enroll online or at one of the many airport lounges to start earning miles!

2. Fly Etihad Airways

As an Etihad Guest Programme member, the easiest way to earn miles is by booking flights on Etihad Airways. The table below shows the earning ratio for each fare class:

Class Type of Fare Earning Percentage
Economy Breaking Deals 25%
Economy Saver 50%
Economy Value 75%
Economy Freedom 100%
Business Breaking Deals 115%
Business Saver 130%
Business Freedom 175%
First Freedom 250%
The Residence The Residence 400%

Want to know exactly how many miles you can earn on any flight? Use the Etihad Airways mileage calculator!

3. Elite Status Tiers

Like many airline loyalty programs, Etihad Guest Miles can be redeemed for awards. Tier Miles and Tier Segments, on the other hand, determine your elite status based on the following earning rate:

Tier Segments Tier Miles
1/economy class 1 per mile flown on Etihad Airways
2/business class
3/first class

Members begin at the Etihad Guest tier and move through the premium tiers (Silver, Gold, and Platinum) during a 12-month rolling qualification period. Each premium tier provides bonus miles which can be redeemed for Etihad Rewards.

Elite Status Tier Tier Miles/Segments to Achieve Status Expires After Remaining Calendar Year
Tier Miles/Segments to Maintain Status Bonus Miles
Etihad Guest N/A N/A N/A N/A
Etihad Guest Silver 25,000/20 1 yr and 3-month bonus 20,000/15 25%
Etihad Guest Gold 50,000/40 2 yrs and 3-month bonus 40,000/30 50%
Etihad Guest Platinum 125,000/60 2 years and 3-month bonus 100,000/48 75%

See a complete list of benefits associated with each premium tier here.

To contact the Etihad Guest Services Centre, use one of the following email addresses depending on your tier: guest@etihadguest.com, guestsilver@etihadguest.com, guestgold@etihadguest.com, and guestplatinum@etihadguest.com.

Earning Etihad Guest Miles With Credit Cards

4. American Express Membership Rewards

Convert American Express Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest Miles at a 1:1 ratio. That means you can earn Membership Rewards points with an American Express credit card and move them to your Etihad Guest Programme account.

To make the transfer, log into your Membership Rewards account and select Etihad Guest under the drop-down menu of participating airline partners. It takes a minimum of 3 business days for the transfer to be completed.

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5.  Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)


The Etihad Guest Programme also partners with the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)  loyalty program. This means you can earn miles with an SPG credit card and convert them to Etihad Guest Miles.

Transfer Starpoints at a 1:1 ratio and get a bonus of 5,000 miles for transferring 20,000 Starpoints to miles in a single transaction.

SPG Preferred members must transfer a minimum of 2,500 Starpoints, and Gold members must transfer at least 1,500 Starpoints per transaction. There is no minimum transfer requirement for SPG Platinum members.

It can take up to a week for transfers to complete, so make your transfer as far in advance as possible.

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6. Citi ThankYou Rewards

Earn ThankYou Rewards with your Citibank credit card and transfer them to Etihad Guest Miles at a 1:1 ratio.

Citi ThankYou Rewards is one of the credit cards partners in the Etihad Guest Programme. Simply earn points with your Citi ThankYou Premier Card or Citi Prestige Card and transfer them to your Etihad Guest account at a 1:1 ratio.

It takes a minimum of 3 business days for the transfer to occur.

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7. Other Hotel Loyalty Program Conversions

You have the option to transfer miles from several other hotel loyalty programs as well. Here is a list of all  transfer ratios:

Hotel Transfer Ratio 
Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) 10,000:2,000
Marriott Reward Points 10,000:1,500
Hilton Honors 10,000:1,000
Hyatt 2.5:1
Radisson Blu 10:1
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 1:1
AccorHotels 4,000:2,000

Remember, you can also earn hotel points with hotel credit cards, just like we showed you in the Starwood Preferred Guest tip above. For instance, the following cards are available to earn points with Marriott and Hilton hotels.

Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
  • Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
  • 12X on qualifying purchases with hotels from the Hilton portfolio.
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Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
  • Earn 50,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
  • 7X points on qualifying purchases with hotels from the Hilton portfolio
  • Annual Fee: $0
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Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
  • 5 Points Per $1 Spent at Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels.
  • Annual Fee: $85
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Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
  • Earn 5x points at IHG hotels and 2x points on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants.
  • Annual Fee: $0 first year, then $49
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Chase Hyatt Credit Card
  • 3x points at Hyatt properties and 2x points at restaurants, airfare purchased directly from the airline and car rental agencies
  • Annual Fee: $75
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Earn Miles Through Partner Travel

8. Fly Partner Airlines

Etihad partner airlines offer the opportunity to travel to even more destinations. These codeshare partners use Etihad Airways flight numbers but allow you to fly on a partner airline for a segment of your trip.

You earn miles for flying on the Etihad Airways code of these flights (not codeshare services operated by SNCF) as long as you include your Etihad Guest Number when booking your trip.

Just a quick note about booking awards on these partner airlines: while Etihad award flights may be booked online, you must redeem miles for partner awards over the phone by calling the Guest Services Centre at 877-690-0767 at least 14 days in advance.

The table below shows the Etihad Guest Miles earning percentage for each partner airline. Use the links for more information about the airline.

Airline Miles Percentage Airline Miles Percentage
Air New Zealand 100%-150% GOL 50%-150%
Air Serbia* 25%-175% Hainan Airlines 50%-200%
Air Seychelles* 25%-175% Jet Airways* 50%-200% of miles flown
Airberlin* 25%-150% Korean Air 50%-180%
Alitalia* 50%-300% Malaysia Airlines 0%-150%
All Nippon Airways 50%-150% Oman Air 25%-300%
American Airlines 100%-150% Philippine Airlines 75%-125%
Asiana Airlines 0%-200% Royal Air Maroc 50%-150%
Bangkok Airways 50%-150% South African Airways 50%-125%
Brussels Airlines 25%-150% SriLankan Airlines 50%-200%
Czech Airlines 50%-150% Ukraine International Airlines 10%-150%
Etihad Regional* 50%-125% Virgin Australia 50%-200%
Garuda Indonesia 25%-200%

*Airberlin, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways, and NIKI are considered “Etihad Airways Partners” and provide the same frequent flyer privileges as Etihad Airways, including priority check-in, priority boarding, lounge access, bonus miles, and baggage allowances.

Together they provide a network of more than 400 destinations across 6 continents.

9.  The American Airlines Partnership

Are you an American Airlines AAdvantage member? Not only can you earn Etihad Guest Miles for travel on American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection flights, but you can also earn AAdvantage Miles on flights marketed and operated by Etihad Airways!

You can even earn AAdvantage Miles on Etihad Airways codeshare flights operated by American Airlines!

10. Hotel Partner Stays

The following hotels offer Etihad Guest Miles per night or $1 spent. Use the links to find specific offer details for each of the hotel loyalty programs.

Hotel Miles/Stay Hotel Miles/Stay Hotel Miles/Stay
Atlantis the Palm, Dubai 1 mile/$1 Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts 1 mile/$1 Preferred Hotels & Resorts 500 miles
Constance Hotels and Resorts 1 mile/$1 Kaligo.com up to 10,000 miles/night Radisson Blu Up to 500 miles per stay
Cristal Hotels & Resorts 1 mile/$1 Marriott Up to 2 miles per $1 Raffles Hotels & Resorts 500 miles
Danat Hotels & Resorts 500 miles Millennium and Copthorne 500 miles Rocketmiles 500-10,000 miles
Dusit Hotels & Resorts 500 miles Minor Hotels 500 miles Rotana 500 miles
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts 500 miles Merrion Dublin Up to 2 miles/$1 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 500 miles
Hilton Honors *varies Movenpick Hotels & Resorts 500 miles Swissotel Hotels & Resorts 500 miles
Hyatt 300-500 miles One to One Hotels & Resorts 1 mile/$1 Taj Group 500 miles
IHG 500 miles PointsHound 2-15 miles/$1 Viceroy Hotels & Resorts 1 mile/$1

*In the Hilton Hotel Honors loyalty program, members may choose points & fixed miles (up to 500 miles/stay and 10 Honors points per U.S. dollar spent), OR points & variable miles (1 mile and 10 Honors points per U.S. dollar spent per stay).

11. Rental Car Bookings

Etihad Airways partners with 6 transportation partners to give you plenty of opportunities for earning Etihad Guest Miles. The table below includes current offers and links to more information:

Tier Avis Budget Europcar Hertz Sixt Careem
Etihad Guest 500 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 550 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 1 mi/$2
Etihad Silver 650 mi/rental 625 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 675 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 1 mi/$2
Etihad Gold 775 mi/rental/td>

750 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 800 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 1 mi/$2
Etihad Platinum 880 mi/rental 800 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 825 mi/rental 500 mi/rental 1 mi/$2

12. Book Etihad Holidays

Etihad Holidays
Enjoy a vacation with Etihad Holidays and earn miles. Book a flight and hotel or flight and car with optional extras.

Choose from all-inclusive trips, family vacations, beach holidays, and more with Etihad Holidays and earn Guest Miles at the same time. Whether you want to take a tour, safari, cruise, or another trip, there is something for everyone.

Search available destinations and offers at Etihad Holidays and call 800-839-9852 to book a trip.

13. Book With Cruise Partners

Earn 1 Guest Mile per $1 when booking a cruise through Cruise Master or Luxury Cruise Portfolio.

Choose from 30 cruise brands when booking a trip through Cruise Master, and then earn 1 Etihad Guest Mile per every $1 spent on your booking. You must book online to get the miles.

Also, earn 1 mile per $1 spent when booking through Luxury Cruise Portfolio, which includes brands such as Windstar Cruises and Holland America Line.

14. Miles Plus Cash

Etihad Airlines allows you to purchase up to 25% of the miles needed for a reward when making a redemption. It can be a great way to maximize your earnings!

When searching for a reward, choose the Miles Plus Cash option. Use the slider on the page to check both the total miles needed as well as the minimum number of miles that must be redeemed. It will display how much it costs to purchase the miles you’re allowed to buy.

By taking advantage of this option, you can pick up miles at a huge saving. For instance, we found Miles Plus Cash offers that allow you to buy miles for as low as $0.09 each!

You must book the reward online through the website and not by phone.

Earn Guest Miles While Shopping

15. Etihad Guest Earn Mall

Shop at the Etihad Guest Rewards Mall and earn points for purchases. Just make sure to set the site to the United States and U.S. Dollar at the top of the page for accuracy. Then you can filter by category, check out the featured departments, and look for the best deals.

Shop with popular online retailers at Earn Mall and earn points on all of your purchases. Choose settings for the U.S. to ensure you get the applicable deals.

16. Read The Economist

The Economist
Etihad Guest Programme members can subscribe to The Economist for additional miles.

Earn 3,000 miles when you order the print plus online edition of The Economist with a weekly subscription package. You’ll receive 77% off the cover price.

Special Programs for Earning Etihad Guest Miles

 17. Complete Surveys With E-Rewards

Those chosen to participate in surveys will receive E-Rewards currency that can be converted to Etihad Guest Miles.

Participate in market research surveys with E-Rewards and watch your Etihad Miles balance grow. You’ll receive E-Rewards currency for taking surveys, which can then be converted to Etihad Guest Miles (up to 8,000 per year). In the U.S. and Canada, the following earning rates apply:

E-Rewards Currency Earned Guest Miles
$25 500
$50 1,000
$100 2,000

To be considered, make sure your communications preferences are set to “Partner Offers” in your Etihad Guest Programme account.

18. Educational Courses

Gostudylink offers over 800 language and education courses in 9 countries. Earn 1 mile per $1 spent to learn about subjects like speaking Italian, studying abroad, and more.

Or earn up to 4,500 miles by taking online language lessons with Language Direct; more than 41 languages are available!

Language Direct offer teacher-led classes in more than 41 languages. Sign up for a course to earn Etihad Guest Miles.

In Conclusion

Earning Etihad Guest Miles can be a breeze if you know all the opportunities that are out there. Hopefully the strategies we discussed in this article have shown you all that is possible!

Now it’s time to start earning miles, so you can redeem them for Etihad flights and other rewards!

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How do I enroll in the Etihad Guest Programme?
Sign up for the Etihad Guest Programme here.

How does the Etihad Guest Programme work?
The Etihad Guest Programme is the loyalty program for Etihad Airways. It’s free to join, and you can rack up miles by traveling with Etihad Airways and its partners.

You can also make purchases with Etihad Airways retail partners to accrue miles.

In addition to earning bonus miles, your membership brings a host of other benefits depending on the status tier, such as upgrades, lounge access, and priority check-in.

How many miles do I need to qualify for a premium tier?
Members start at the Guest tier. Earn 25,000 tier miles or 20 tier segments to move on to Silver. Gold requires 50,000 tier miles or 40 tier segments. Finally, earn 125,000 tier miles or 6o tier segments to reach Platinum.

Once you reach a premium tier, you will receive bonus miles: 25% (Silver), 50% (Gold), or 75% (Platinum).

How can I check my Etihad Miles balance?
Check your Etihad Miles balance by logging in to your account here.

When do Etihad Miles expire?
Etihad Miles expire after 3 years from the time they were earned, but they only expire on 2 calendar dates: June 30 and December 31.

Can I transfer miles to the Etihad Guest Programme from other loyalty programs?
Yes. Etihad Airways has many travel partners that allow you to transfer points and miles, including Citi ThankYou Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and American Express Membership Rewards.

How many Etihad Miles are required for a trip reward?
Find out exactly how many miles you need to redeem for your trip with the mileage calculator.

Which credit cards can I use to earn Etihad Guest Miles?
Earn Etihad Guest Miles with a variety of credit cards, including the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressThe Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American ExpressThe Platinum Card® from American Express and the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.

How can I contact the Etihad Guest Programme?
Call the Etihad Guest Programme at 1 (888) 8-ETIHAD 24 hours a day.

You can also email the Guest Service Centre by using the email address associated with your tier: guest@etihadguest.com, guestsilver@etihadguest.com, guestgold@etihadguest.com, or guestplatinum@etihadguest.com.