Edited by: Stella Shon
We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.
Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.
Etihad Airways is a Middle Eastern airline based in Abu Dhabi that has become popular for its opulent first class product.
While it’s regarded as a member of the “Middle East 3” (along with Emirates and Qatar Airways), Etihad is not in any of the 3 major worldwide airline alliances. Instead, it has opted for a variety of individual partnerships with specific airlines, including American Airlines.
And now, Etihad is offering a buy-miles promotion, allowing you to purchase miles with up to a 50% bonus — but is it worth it?
Let’s take a look at the details to find out.
With this new promotion, you’ll be able to buy Etihad miles for as little as 1.33 cents each. This is a bit less expensive than our valuation of 1.4 cents per mile, meaning it could be a solid deal depending on the redemption you have in mind.
Here are some more details you should be aware of:
- The promotion is valid from now through June 24, 2023
- You must buy miles in increments of 1,000
- Members can buy a maximum of 100,000 miles per year (not including any bonus miles)
- The bonus varies depending on how many miles you buy:
- Buy 2,000 to 10,000 miles and get a 25% bonus (1.6 cents per mile)
- Buy 11,000 to 25,000 miles and get a 35% bonus (1.48 cents per mile)
- Buy 26,000 to 100,000 miles and get a 50% bonus (1.33 cents per mile)
Is It Worth It?
Etihad is less popular than other airlines for award travel, possibly because its system is difficult to use. Although travelers can now book American Airlines and Virgin Australia award flights online, you’ll need to call the airline to book other award flights, since its own system can neither show nor allow you to redeem miles for flights.
In the spring, Etihad launched a zone-based award chart, eradicating many previous partner sweet spots. Therefore, this current deal is likely less compelling than before, unless you’ve got a specific redemption in mind.
Hot Tip: Purchases of Etihad miles are processed by Points.com, which means you’ll want to use a credit card that maximizes everyday spending, such as many cards issued by Capital One.
Etihad is selling miles for as little as 1.33 cents apiece. This is below our valuation, making this a great sale to take advantage of if you have a specific use for those miles.
While Etihad requires that you call to book for many airlines, you can find award availability with a variety of carriers, including British Airways, and Qantas, to ensure your desired seats are available.
Featured Image Credit: Etihad
Was this page helpful?
INSIDERS ONLY: UP PULSE™
Travel is changing fast... Stay on top of all the points strategies, exclusive offers & pivotal news - and lock in huge savings along the way.
Disclaimer: Any comments listed below are not from the bank advertiser, nor have they been reviewed or approved by them. No responsibility will be taken by the bank advertiser for these comments.
UP's Bonus Valuation
This bonus value is an estimated valuation calculated by UP after analyzing redemption options, transfer partners, award availability and how much UP would pay to buy these points.