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Transfer Amex to Etihad with a 20% bonus
Great News! For a limited time you can get a 20% bonus when you transfer Amex points to Etihad Guest. You may not be familiar with Etihad Guest, but there are some strategically great uses that can stretch your Amex points if you know where you to look. If you’re looking to fly business class on American, Royal Let’s dig into it!
For a limited time Transfer Amex to Etihad with a 20% Bonus
Some great Etihad Sweets Spots
Ordinarily when you think of a mileage program, you probably look to fly the airline it’s attached to, and you can definitely use Etihad miles on Etihad. But, the best deals are actually on the partners of Etihad: American, Royal Air Maroc, Oman Air, Air Serbia, and Brussels Airlines
Using Etihad miles on American is simply divine
You’ll need to find AA space bookable by partners, and call into Etihad to book, but these rates are incredible.
- US to Europe/South America
- 50k in Business
- 62.5k in First
- US to Asia
- 50k-55k in Business
- 62.5k to 67.5k in First
One easy way to check if an AA flight is bookable by Etihad is if it’s bookable on the British Airways site:
Other great sweet spots
These are a little bit more niche redemptions, but nonetheless, incredible uses of Etihad miles
Royal Air Maroc
If you’re looking to fly more than 2000 miles ( think New York to Morocco ) this could be a great way to fly. Look for new Dreamliners that feature a 1-2-1 business class cabin you could book for just 44k miles from New York to Casablanca
Oman has one of the business business class products in the sky. Typically, I’d say the best way to book is via Aeroplan, perhaps adding on a leg out of Europe via stopover, but Etihad miles can be used strategically as well. Note this table features city pairs not region or distance.
- London to Muscat – 44k in business
- Paris to Muscat – 42k in business
- Cairo to Musca – just 22k in business class
Again, similar to Oman Air, these are city pairs. Brussles Airlines has an OK business class product, but for these rates, pretty hard to deny the value. Fly from DC or NYC in business class to Europe for just 44k miles…37k with a 20% bonus.
I didn’t even mention redemptions on Etihad itself, which can be useful; however, I find the redemption rates better when using Aeroplan vs Etihad itself ( both are Amex partners). This is a niche program that you really need to phone in to take advantage of and be prepared to do a bit of legwork to find the award space. If you manage it… it can be quite valuable.
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