Etihad Guest offering 20% bonus points on conversion throughout October 2016

Etihad Guest, the frequent flyer program of Etihad Airways, is offering a 20% bonus on converting your points from other programs to Etihad Guest miles. The promotion is valid through out the month of October 2016.

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Etihad Guest has to be one of my favourite programs in the loyalty space. Why? Because in India, they have one of the best redemption charts for Jet Airways, domestic as well as international. And you can redeem their miles on so many other carriers as well in the Etihad Airline Partners universe and other places (American Airlines, Brussels Airlines and others). Over the years, I’ve used tonnes of Etihad miles for my flights.

Now, Etihad has come out with the new promotion, where on select transfer partners, you can get a 20% bonus miles on converting your miles from various programs to Etihad Guest miles. Here are the list of transfer partners.

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The value of most of the hotel loyalty programs to Etihad Guest looks very bad to me, and I’d advise you against transferring your hotel points to Etihad Guest. Etihad did have a similar promotion, but for 25% bonus miles earlier in July 2016. I’d advise you to participate if you sort of missed the boat then.

From an Indian perspective, of course, the only bank eligible to participate in the transfers is Citibank. Over the years, Etihad Guest has offered a 20% to 25% bonus, and this promotion is back with a 20% bonus now.

As a reminder, 1 Citi Prestige point (India) converts to 4 Etihad Miles, and 4.8 during the promotion period which lasts till October 31, 2016. 2 Citi PremierMiles India transfers as 1 Etihad Mile, and 1.2 Etihad Miles during this promotion. The bonus miles will post within 15 days of the transfer being completed. It usually takes 3 days to convert points to Etihad Guest miles.

Bottomline

This is a good promotion, for those of you with Citi credit cards around the eligible countries and American Express Cards in the USA, and if you use Etihad Guest miles, this is a great time to transfer some points over to Etihad Guest. These promotions from Etihad don’t come often for transfer bonuses, about 1-2 times a year, so you never know when is the next time this happens this year.

Are you going to transfer some points over to Etihad Guest using this promotion?

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About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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