Update: The offers mentioned below have expired and are no longer available.
Etihad Airways, perhaps most famous for its extravagant first-class cabins, has launched a new promotion for its fifteenth birthday. In addition to granting Etihad Guest members 1,500 miles each for free, Etihad is also offering a 15% rebate on all award redemptions. Let’s take a look at the details.
As mentioned above, this promotion has been launched in order to celebrate Etihad’s fifteenth birthday:
- You must be a member of Etihad Guest
- You must register for the promotion
- The offer is valid from August 31, 2021, to September 6, 2021
In addition to the free 1,500 miles, you’ll also get a 15% rebate on all miles that you spend, whether you’re flying in economy, business, or first class. This can present a significant discount, especially on high-end reward redemptions.
Maximizing This Promotion
What does this mean, practically speaking? Let’s take a look at some sample rates and their costs:
- Los Angeles (LAX) – Abu Dhabi (AUH) Nonstop Round-Trip in Etihad First Class
- This would normally cost 310,002 Etihad miles + ~$97 in taxes and fees, but the rebate would bring the price down to 263,502 miles plus taxes and fees.
- New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG) Nonstop One-Way in American Airlines Business Class
- This route would normally go for 50,000 Etihad miles + taxes and fees, but the discount brings this down to 42,500 miles plus taxes and fees.
- Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Abu Dhabi (AUH) Nonstop Round-Trip in Etihad First Class
- This route would normally amount to 272,502 Etihad miles + ~$97 in taxes and fees, but the rebate will drop this down to just 231,627 miles plus taxes and fees.
Although Etihad is not part of any airline alliance, it does have robust partnerships with several different airlines, including Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways (ANA), American Airlines, and Royal Air Maroc. This means you can potentially fly ANA’s excellent “The Room” business class product for 15% less when redeeming your miles.
Keep in mind that this is a rebate, not a discount, so you’ll need to have the full amount of miles in your account in order to redeem.
If you’re wanting to take advantage of this promotion but don’t have enough miles in your account, you can also consider transferring points from American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Capital One Miles at a 1:1 rate, or from Marriott Bonvoy at a transfer rate of 3:1.
Etihad has launched a decent promotion in honor of its birthday, although it’s fairly short-term. If you’re looking to take advantage, you’ll want to register quickly in order to score those free miles and the 15% rebate on all award redemptions.
For inspiration, check out our guide to the best ways to redeem Etihad Guest miles for maximum value.
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