Buy Etihad Miles With Up to a 60% Bonus Through New Buy Miles Promotion

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Etihad just launched a new buy miles promotion, offering up to 60% bonus miles on purchases through August 27, 2021. This gives members the ability to pick up Etihad miles for as little as 1.25¢ each. That's an amazing deal considering some of the fabulous premium-class redemptions possible. Let's dig a little deeper to show why it's worth considering.

buy Etihad miles with a 60% bonus

A Note on Buying Miles

First, we need to address the elephant in the room. We never recommend buying miles speculatively. Programs can devalue at any time, long-term travel plans can change, and the last thing anybody needs is a substantial investment in a currency they can't use.

However, that doesn't mean buying miles is always a losing proposition. If you're right at the cusp of being able to book your next redemption, buying miles can be an easy (and affordable) way to make it happen. Additionally, buying miles can sometimes be a fantastic way to book premium-cabin travel at a significant discount compared to paying cash. This is especially true with Etihad Guest, where partner award charts are full of sweet spots to leverage.

Key Terms

  • Buy miles promotion is valid through August 27, 2021
  • Etihad Guest members (excluding Platinum members) can purchase a maximum of 100,000 miles annually
  • Platinum members can purchase up to a maximum of 150,000 miles annually
  • Purchased miles typically post instantly, although some purchases may take up to 72 hours
  • Purchased miles do not count towards status upgrades
  • Mile purchases are non-refundable

This tiered promotion offers a different bonus at different purchase levels:

  • No bonus for purchases of 1,000 to 3,000 Etihad miles (2 cents per mile)
  • 4,000 to 20,000 Etihad miles with a 30% bonus (1.54 cents per mile)
  • 21,000 to 40,000 Etihad miles with a 40% bonus (1.43 cents per mile)
  • 41,000 to 100,000 Etihad miles with a 60% bonus (1.25 cents per mile)

Etihad buy miles promotion 160,000 miles for $2,000

When Does It Make Sense to Buy Etihad Miles

One of the interesting things about Etihad is that it doesn't belong to any of the major airline alliances—such as Oneworld, SkyTeam, or Star Alliance. Instead, Etihad maintains individual partnerships with 21 other airlines, each with its own rules and award charts. As we alluded to before, a few of these partner award charts present distinct opportunities for attaining outsized value for your Etihad Guest miles.

Let's go through a few of these sweet spots to demonstrate how buying enough Etihad miles for an award redemption could save you a boatload compared to paying the cash fare.

Seattle — Tokyo in ANA Business Class

ANA's new business class ‘The Room'
  • Mileage Rate: 54,000 miles each way (108,000 miles round-trip)
  • Typical Cash Price: $6,551 round-trip
  • Redemption Rate: 6+ cents per mile
  • Cost to Purchase Necessary Miles (at 1.25¢ each): $1,350 round-trip

Dallas — London in American Airlines Flagship First Class

AA Flagship First
  • Mileage Rate: 62,500 miles each way (125,000 miles round-trip)
  • Typical Cash Price: $5,237 round-trip
  • Redemption Rate: 4.19 cents per mile
  • Cost to Purchase Necessary Miles (at 1.25¢ each): $1,563 round-trip

New York City or Washington D.C. — Casablanca in Royal Air Maroc Business Class

Royal Air Maroc's 787-9 Business Class
  • Mileage Rate: 44,000 miles each way (88,000 miles round-trip)
  • Typical Cash Price: $5,229 round-trip
  • Redemption Rate: 5.9 cents per mile
  • Cost to Purchase Necessary Miles (at 1.25¢ each): $1,100 round-trip

New York City — Brussels on Brussels Airlines Business Class

Brussels Airlines' Business Class
  • Mileage Rate: 44,000 miles each way (88,000 miles round-trip)
  • Typical Cash Price: $2,945 round-trip
  • Redemption Rate: 3.35 cents per mile
  • Cost to Purchase Necessary Miles (at 1.25¢ each): $1,100 round-trip

Maximizing Your Purchase

Purchases of Etihad Guest miles are processed by Points.com. So, the purchase won't qualify for any applicable travel category bonus offered on some credit cards. With that in mind, the best option would be to use this purchase towards a minimum spend requirement or to use a great ‘everyday spending' credit card.

Here are some of the best cards to buy miles with:

Other Ways to Earn Etihad Miles

While this is a spectacular buy miles offer, you don't have to buy Etihad miles to take advantage of these sweet spots. Etihad Guest miles are pretty easy to come by. Other than flying on cash fares or buying miles, Etihad is a transfer partner with 4 of the major transferable currencies:

Shareable Miles

Etihad Guest has recently introduced the ability for loyalty members to share miles with one another. So, whether you're just short of your next redemption or your friend doesn't have enough miles to use, you can initiate a transfer with a small fee. Just keep in mind that:

  • To give miles via a transfer, accounts must have at least 1,000 miles.
  • Etihad levies a 10% service fee for mile transfers. For example, if you transfer 50,000 miles, Etihad will keep 5,000 miles as a fee.

This is a fantastic way to pool miles between friends and family. Now, you don't have to worry about accounts with small numbers of miles collecting dust, or worse, expiring needlessly. Even better, when you and a partner travel together on a cash fare, you can both earn miles for the same flight and pool them together.

Bottom Line

Paying 1.25¢ per Etihad mile is a deal, especially considering all the possibilities for outsized value. It falls just short of the best promotion we've seen. We saw Etihad sell miles for 1.2¢ apiece as recently as April 2020. But, we don't know when (or if) that kind of promotion will ever return. If you have a redemption in mind, this promotion could save you quite a bit of money.

Are you buying Etihad miles at 1.25¢ a piece?

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  • Pretty easy to get more than 1.25c in value out of these miles.

  • Anyone know why the bonus offer wouldn’t be appearing when I log into my account to buy miles? Are there any eligibility requirements such as earned miles?

  • Normally I wouldn´t buy miles except if they have a bonus, I think this is a good bonus percent

  • Buying miles is never a good deal.

    • As someone who’s bought plenty of miles/points, I disagree with this statement. However, I will say that buying miles should be the last resort if you aren’t able to generate miles/points through other means (credit card sign-ups, transferring points, etc.)

  • Juan Manuel Villa says:

    thanks for the info…

  • I prefer to transfer miles. Buying miles is never typically a good deal.

    • Agreed. Transferring miles is almost always better than buying miles. However, if you’re tapped out of points/miles, buying miles can make sense in some cases – especially at this rate!

  • I just purchased it with 60% bonus. I usually redeem EY miles for SV (Saudia) biz class. Also the SV Biz flight between Riyadh-Abu Dhabi biz costs 10K EY miles. Better purchase at this price rather than transfer TYP points.

  • Are any of the countries that Etihad fly to open to Americans without testing?

  • the bonus would make buying worthwhile- thanks for the update!

  • Whilst Etihad (and Emirates) have an impressive list of partners, I would much rather see them in one of the alliances. There are some very impressive redemption offers shown though.

  • Why buy miles and not buy the ticket directly? it’s cheaper?

  • fernanda andrade says:

    I loved this Air Morocco business. Etihad is a very good airline. But all redemptions shown are from partners…

  • Unless you’re going to Abu Dhabi/Dubai not worth it!

  • volar por Etihad es un placer!! El programa de premios es de lo mejor al que he podido acceder, he obtenido varios premios . Interesante es la propuesta de la compra de millas, no sabia que podia hacerlo. Gracias por la info.

  • Although there are some outsized awards on Etihad or its partner airlines, it might be hard to book them so make sure that you will be able to use the miles that you buy.

  • Emily Davidson says:

    If you aren’t really familiar with the airline in question’s redemption processes, fees, and blackout dates, it can make getting bang for your buck really tricky with buying miles….

  • It’s true that there are very good redemptions with some partners but the big disadvantage is that to book you need to call and their customer service is not one of the best.

  • Valeria catena says:

    Its very important información, thanks very much

  • What are redemption fees and surcharges like?

  • Gilberto Souza de Morais says:

    Ir seems it is worth buying miles for future redemptions.

  • Maximiliano says:

    very good information, thank you very much

  • I like Etihad, but the allure of the apartment was a lot of that. Hard to see me not looking elsewhere now for luxury trips.

  • There is always going to be good deals with miles but you have to travel at specific dates /flights where the deal is available. But in these times I wont buy miles nothing is certain covis19 cases are up ,part of europe is going to lockdown and if it takes a while that you can’t use the miles and the airline decide to devalue the miles. It was all for nothing.

  • Unless you need the miles right now for a specific plan, it would be better to wait for when they can be bought at 1.2c each.

  • A decent enough promotion. So many people ignore how useful a program Etihad is.

  • Is it safe though engaging right now in buying miles that we don’t necessarily know we will be able to use?

  • Very rare Etihad gives such bonus, only problem is when you want to use these miles in biz class you will not find a seat unless you are their elite member

  • Overall – how would you rank Etihad safety wise? (Covid-19 percautions, as well as the usual)

  • Normally I would have considered it, as their first class Apartment is such a great deal (flew it from Australia once on AA miles) but since they are not using their A380 for a while and there is even a risk of a total restructure of the airline looming, I’ll pass.

  • Nice deal there. Still doesn’t beat the $200 round trip mistake fare I bought a few years ago from the US to Abu Dhabi. Let’s get another one of those!

    • I remember that mistake fare and being frustrated that my schedule didn’t allow me to take advantage of it. I’ve gotten other ones though,

  • JFK-BRU is a really cool redemption, but Brussels Airlines hardly releases award seats on this route IME.

  • This airline is good , actually their on board service very good compare to the many garbage airlines like united delta american etc…

    The problem with Etihad is when you want to use your points(miles) say between JFK-AbuDhabi-JFK, the rate they want is over 750,000

    They might as well add one kidney (for one way) both kidneys for round trip …..PATHETIC !!

    • Standard award rates have really gotten out of hand. In case you aren’t aware, they have a subset of awards called SaverGuest that are much more reasonably priced—but they have limited availability. You might also want to look at partner airlines. Etihad has a great lineup of partners and the pricing is also quite good with many of them.

  • the bonus miles seems to be a good deal. they give ample amount so thats good. Never flown with Etihad before, so I am looking forward to it

  • I’ve always wondered if these purchase deals were worth it. Thanks for the great write up!

  • Although this might be a good deal for redemptions right now, and I would love to experience their in flignt offerings, I just don’t think it is worth the risk.

    • Yes, I agree. I would only buy them before I knew 99% that I was ready to take a trip, and that there was availability for that trip.

  • Is this applys in wich countries?

    • JT Genter says:

      This promotion doesn’t seem limited to particular countries. Let us know if you see something different!