Etihad Guest, the frequent flyer program of Etihad Airways, is offering a tier match to their Gold tier (second from top-most) and inviting people to apply for the status match till March 15, 2015.


Etihad has long been offering status matches to Gold Elite tier, at least once a year. If you are in India and have a Citibank Prestige card, you anyways have an assured access to an Etihad Gold account, but if you don’t you should continue reading. Etihad Guest is a beneficial program for Indian frequent flyers, who travel on Jet Airways. Reciprocal benefits are available and you can use Etihad Guest miles to travel around India.

The program works best in case you are a frequent flyer with Etihad itself, or with one of their many Etihad Airways Partner airlines such as Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Virgin Australia and others. You get bonus miles, lounge access, extra baggage allowance amongst other benefits.

Here is how to apply:

  • Existing Etihad Guest members: Send us a scanned copy of your Gold card with another airline loyalty programme, copy of your latest miles statement along with your Etihad Guest membership number to
  • Non-Etihad Guest members:  Send us a scanned copy of your Gold card with another airline loyalty programme, copy of your latest miles statement along with your full name, email ID, date of birth, physical address and telephone number to

Etihad Guest is assuring you of a response in 2 weeks time, however, I wouldn’t bank on that assurance.

Tier Matching is not applicable to members of JetPrivilege and other equity partners of Etihad Airways.

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One of the USPs for Etihad is to have Abu Dhabi airport as their home airport. Actually, they go hand in hand. Back in 2013, they managed to get approval for a Customs & Border Protection outpost from the USA, commonly known as preclearance. What this means is that the immigration & passport control formalities for arriving into the USA are completed at Abu Dhabi itself, and you don’t have to wait in a queue for a few hours after you arrive in the USA. I did, and it was a total buzzkill for my Abu Dhabi – JFK First Class flight experience.

Ever since EY acquired a stake in Jet Airways, they’ve been offering a second flight to the USA using Jet’s 77W planes and crew. However, these flights were not offered the pre-clearance service due to the limited working hours of the CBP outpost initially.

Also, as per Lucky at One Mile At A Time, the CBP Pre-clearance experience was not so great initially, however they now seem to have sorted out the kinks.


However, the good news also is that all Etihad flights to the USA will now be eligible for the CBP clearance. Which means the SFO and JFK departures in the middle of the night as well.

Etihad operates the following flights to the USA from AUH:

  • New York (EY101 & EY103)
  • Chicago (EY151)
  • Washington (EY131)
  • Los Angeles (EY171)
  • Dallas (EY161)
  • San Francisco (EY183)

As Jet Airways’ fast friends, of course, all of the passengers who interline with EY at Abu Dhabi will also get to benefit from the pre-clearance service with effect from January 15, 2015.

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Etihad has been undergoing a secret makeover for months, but they don’t make a secret of it when they are ready. As a 11-year young airline, I really love their luxury product in the First Class, however, they’ve been upping the game with their new cabin products, including the Residence which they will launch on their A380 later this year.

Not just that. There has been a lot of discussion around the interwebs of a new livery that would come in on the new planes. I absolutely love the old one, but the new livery was just introduced a couple of days back on the A380 that Etihad has on order…

etihad a380

And then just a short while back, on the Boeing 787

Etihad 787

And of course, it looks stunning. This livery, bearing the Desert Diamond tail, has been designed by Landor Associates, one of the renowned brand consulting firms, which also counts Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines amongst its clients.

The new livery draws its colour scheme from the old one, bringing in colours such as copper, slate and caramel from the current livery. It is being called the Facets of Abu Dhabi.

The new livery will be rolled out across the existing 100 planes of Etihad over the next 3 years. Here are some cool videos introducing the livery as well:

The Etihad A380 starts to fly between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow from December 27, 2014 and as more planes get delivered, they also go to Melbourne, New York, Paris and Sydney.

The Etihad B787 will start to fly between Abu Dhabi and Dusseldorf in December 2014, and then they send the plane to Mumbai and also to Washington DC for a month each.

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