One of the key reasons for me to have signed up with the Citi Prestige Credit Card which was launched in India earlier this year, was the plethora of status it comes with in terms of travel. Some of it I need, some of it I don’t.

One of the first requests I filed in to get a Status upgrade was on Etihad. Etihad offers Gold status, which is their second-from-top status to Citi Prestige Members. This could be useful for members in India since you are getting an alternative to Jet Airways’ Gold status, and it comes with pretty much similar benefits on Jet Airways as Jet Airways’ Gold status, apart from being useful on other airlines such as Etihad, Virgin Australia and their other partners.

Now, Etihad has a specially generous offer for Citi Prestige Card holders. You get Gold Status, and you get 5,000 Etihad Miles as well just to get started, which is a ticket on Jet Airways for free.

Also, you get another 6000 Etihad Miles for being able to transfer 20,000 miles to Etihad within the first 6 months of signing up for the Prestige Card, which makes it a nice 30% bonus. If like me, you’re coming from the PremierMiles card, you are basically converting 10,000 PremierMiles to 26,000 Etihad Miles which is a 1->2.6 conversion ratio.

I made my request somewhere in August, and early September, I was informed about the upgrade going through. With Etihad, they always take a very very long time to get you your membership kit. The surprise was, when yesterday the package really arrived. It stated that my membership was valid all the way uptil March 2016. Wow! For me, I expected it to last 12 months from the date of the upgrade, but this is much more than that!

This means I do get lounge access with Jet Airways and all the other Etihad Airways Partners if I get to fly them, along with Priority Boarding and handling as well.

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Etihad Guest is the loyalty program of Etihad Airways, and I am trying to get a hang of it ever since they have been associated with Jet Airways. The thing is, Etihad is not such a great program on its own for mileage earning and burning, because the burn on Etihad’s own flights is dynamic and too darn expensive.

However, Etihad Guest offers some hidden gems for those of us in India. Etihad, just like for all their Etihad partners, offers a redemption chart of Etihad Guest miles on Jet Airways as well. Here is the chart in PDF for Domestic and International Routes. This can be a pretty useful chart since you get to travel with lesser number of miles than Jet Airways’ own JP program. For instance, for Mumbai – Delhi, the redemption offer on EY’s program is 5459 Etihad Miles + taxes (in economy) while on Jet Airways’ own program you would pay 8500 JP Miles + taxes. Downside is that you need to make bookings manually and contact the call center at least 14 days out to be able to do these reservations.

Etihad’s bonus offer

Etihad Guest has been a partner with Citibank (PremierMiles, Prestige and other Citi credit cards in India) as well as with American Express Membership Rewards for conversion to Etihad Guest Miles.

Remember, 2 Membership Reward points / 1 Citi PremierMile / 0.25 Citi Prestige points convert to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

However, Etihad is running a bonus offer at the moment, where if you convert your points to Etihad Guest miles by 30 November 2014, you get an extra 20% miles on all points transferred. The 20% bonus will hit your account within a week after the original miles are transferred.

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Not to forget, with the Citi Prestige, if you transfer 5000 points to convert to 20,000 miles within the first 6 months of the card activation, you also get another 30% bonus from Etihad Guest (6000 bonus miles). I am trying to see if a double-dip can happen, and just asked for my points to be transferred to Etihad from Citibank, and I will report back on the results shortly.

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A few days ago, JetPrivilege and Etihad Guest announced that they were going to offer double miles for flights taken across the Etihad Airways network, for flights till December 15, 2014.

Now, Jet Airways has initiated a new promotion, where you can get double JP Miles or double Etihad Guest miles for flying on the international network of Jet Airways as well.

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It does look like a very good promotion, because off the bat, Jet Airways is offering double JP Miles for anyone who books their tickets over the next fortnight, and travels till December 15, 2014 on the International network of Jet Airways. Just make sure you register here.

On top of that, if you fly Business Class or First Class on the Jet Airways network, you are getting a double on your cabin bonuses as well, and double tier miles. This is how the mileage would be credited.

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The cherry on the cake is the opportunity to win 100,000 JP Miles. Ten people who book and fly under this promotion, will also get a 100K JP Miles from a lucky draw.

This is one generous promotion I say, and you can also get double Etihad Guest miles if you like to earn Etihad Guest miles in stead of Jet Airways miles.

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