Last year, Etihad completed the purchase of 24% equity stake in Jet Airways, as a part of building its own equity alliance. As a part of the alliance, usually most other airlines enter into a reciprocity with Etihad’s own loyalty program whereby the guests of both programs are granted privileges on each other’s metal. With Jet Airways, this has been a long time coming, and I suppose Etihad has been waiting to complete their acquisition of 51% of Jet Privilege to be able to integrate the two. This transfer only completed as of April 2014.
Anyhow, the good news is, that as of today, the reciprocal benefits have been announced by both the carriers. First lets take a go at Jet Airways. They have modified their JetPrivilege page to now list the benefits that JP members would get on Etihad flights marketed either as EY or as 9W flights. Key inclusions are:
- Gold & Platinum JP members get a dedicated check-in desk, priority baggage tagging, lounge access (business & first class respectively), and priority boarding.
- Silver, Gold & Platinum JP members get 10,15 & 20 kgs extra for baggage allowance
- All JP members will earn 1 tier point for every EY flight they take, where they chose to credit it to JetPrivilege. However as per current language, no Tier JPMiles will accrue, only redeemable miles will. Also, you could be flying Etihad F on Abu Dhabi – New York JFK, but you still get 1 tier point only (Just an example).
- 10%, 20% and 30% bonus JP miles over and above redeemable miles will accrue to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.
Here is a snapshot of the benefits in this table.
On the other hand, Etihad has updated their website to show how the Etihad Guest members would be able to benefit on flying Jet Airways or JetKonnect. The following benefits apply for EY Etihad Guest members while they fly Jet Airways:
- 10%, 20% and 30% tier bonus for EY Silver, Gold and Gold Elite members
- Priority Check-in, Priority Baggage tagging, Priority Baggage and Lounge Access for EY Gold & Gold Elite.
- 10 kgs, 15 kgs, 20 kgs respectively as excess baggage allowance on 9W/9WK flights for Silver, Gold and Gold Elite flights.
What foxes me is that Etihad Guest is offering tier miles/segments to their members on flying 9W/9WK.
I am so glad the mystery is finally over and now I know how to treat my miles when flying 9W or EY. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a comment and I’ll write back or respond here.
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Etihad offers a Gold Guest status match every now and then, and they are now inviting frequent travellers to sign up for the next round. For those of you who are interested, this round of the status match will be valid for applications received till February 22, 2014.
Of course, the requirements are that you should be a Gold member of another frequent flyer program, that means one less than the top or the top most tiers in most programs. You should send in your existing gold card/higher, your latest statement along with your Etihad Guest membership number to email@example.com before 22 February 2014. The members who will be matched, will be informed within a month of application, although Etihad has taken longer in the past. And yes, the discretion to match lies with Etihad, so not everyone may receive one of these shiny new plastics.
The benefits of Etihad Guest exist on Etihad as well as many partner airlines they have an alliance with:
I have to admit I did not fly with them much the last time I got status matched, but that was also because I was hoping and waiting for them to integrate with Jet Privilege. I am guessing that would happen sooner now, than later, which will allow me to utilize my status with Etihad more often.
Update: The status match conditions were changed overnight to be offered only to members in the UAE now.
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Etihad had introduced an opportunity to status match to their Gold tier last year, which I availed of. And they return this year with another opportunity to Status Match Gold tier for Gold tier this year, valid for applications received till June 18, 2013.
Existing members of other airlines’ loyalty programmes at a Gold level or higher are invited to join the Etihad Guest programme and have their status matched. The national carrier of the UAE, which is working on getting Jet Airways in its fold, is offering another incentive to successful status matches. For all flights flown in Diamond First Class, you get triple Etihad Guest Miles while it will be double Miles on flights in Pearl Business Class for a limited period. Remember, different programs have different levels of Gold status, so I’m sure its a foot in the door to have American Airlines Gold status, for instance, but anyone with British Airways Gold status will have a higher chance of getting a status match.
To apply, the following documents are required to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before June 18, 2013:
- Scanned copy of the gold or higher tier card with another airline
- Scanned copy of the latest miles statement from that airline
- Etihad Guest membership number
For more information on the benefits of Etihad Guest Gold membership, visit etihad.com. As per Etihad, there are only 500 status match opportunities available, however last year they ended up giving away a lot more of those I believe. They expect to revert for the status match results by July 30, 2013.
There is no first come first serve allocation here, and each application is assessed for the business case before upgrading tiers.
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