Booking Etihad flights with American AAdvantage

an airplane with rows of seats and a man standing in the back

We may receive a commission when you use our links. Monkey Miles is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CreditCards.com and CardRatings. This relationship may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Monkey Miles is also a Senior Advisor to Bilt Rewards. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the authorā€™s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

It’s very simple, you just need a couple hints.

One of the most highly regarded and elite airlines in the sky is Etihad, and their best classes of service, Business and First, are really in a rarified air šŸ˜‰  All it takes to put this monkey in a seat are some AAdvantage Miles…

You can redeem miles from the U.S. to Middle East at the following rates:

a close-up of a computer screen

But a real sweet spot is between Europe and the Middle East.

Let’s take a look at some of the products that they offer!

The Business Studio 

I’ve flown it a couple times.

Here’s a Promo video.



First Class

  • on the 787 and the A380



My Mom and Dad were lucky enough to fly this bad boy from Abu Dhabi to London as part of my Mom’s Surprise 75th Birthday Trip. This first class is only featured on their flagship A380.

I MEAN!!!!! These products are no joke.

First class, even without the Apartment, is offering a suite product. The best part though, on flights like – AUH to LHR ( London) on the A380, you can snag one of the apartments for the same price as first class.

So what do we look for and how do we do it?

  • Call AA and ask for dates that accomodate your travel plans
  • OR my fave option is using the Etihad site and look for Guest Seat avail

Like so:

Etihad Avail
Etihad Avail


Once you see that availability, you call up the AA 800-433-7300 and request the flights you need.

Now, if you need positioning flight, that will be included in the total price of the reward from North America to the Middle East as long as it has SAAver avail as well.

The only other thing to remember is that Etihad is a partner of American but not One World, so if you have a lot of Avios or other One World partner currency it won’t work, it’ll only work using AA points or that another independent partner of Etihad.

We’ve reviewed these insane products. Wanna read?



Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the authorā€™s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

a blue credit card with blue lines and white text

Learn More

Affiliate LInk

Chase Sapphire PreferredĀ® Card

The Chase Sapphire PreferredĀ® is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.Ā 

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travelā„ 
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travelā„ 
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travelā„ 
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travelā„  and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travelā„  for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast:Ā 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.Ā 

The Chase Sapphire PreferredĀ® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like theĀ Chase Freedom FlexĀ®Ā Ā and Chase Freedom UnlimitedĀ® or the business versions: Ink Business CashĀ® , Ink Business UnlimitedĀ® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.