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.
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.