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If you are looking to book one of the top premier airline products in the world, now might be a good time to consider transferring points to Etihad Guest. For the month of October, you can earn a 20% bonus on points transferred to Etihad Guest from any of its 16 transfer partners.
Why Transfer Points To Etihad Guest?
Etihad is one of the best premium airlines in the world, with standalone first-class products such as The Residence and The Apartment, and a reputation for exceptional service both in the air and on the ground. They also have spectacular Etihad airport lounges spread across the world.
Etihad partners with some 20+ airlines that you can book redemptions for using your Etihad Guest miles, with partners as diverse as Ukraine International Airlines, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, and Hainan Airlines of China.
To book Etihad Guest awards, you’ll need to call the Etihad booking center on 1-877-690-0767 as award partners cannot be booked at Etihad.com. You’ll also need to book at least 14 days in advance of departure date.
Transferring Points to Etihad from Transfer Partners
The 20% bonus on transferred points applies to transfers from any of Etihad Guest’s 16 transfer partners which all present varying degrees of value. It’s important to realize that points transfers take differing amounts of time from different partners, with Amex Membership rewards historically transferring the fastest and points/miles from other programs taking anywhere up to 2 weeks.
Etihad Guest transfer partners:
- American Express Membership Rewards 1:1
- Citi ThankYou Points 1:1
- Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints 1:1
- IHG Rewards Club Points 5:1
- Hilton Honors points 10:1
- Radisson Club Carlson Gold Points 10:1
- World of Hyatt Points 2.5:1
- Marriott Rewards Points 10,000:1,500
- Shangri-La Golden Circle Points 1:1
- AccorHotels Le Club Points 2:1
- Heathrow Rewards Points 1:1
- ADCB TouchPoints 15:1
- NBAD Stars 4:1
- EIB Choice Points 8:1
- Joyalukkas Golden Rewards Points 8:1
- Boubyan Bank Select Points 34:5,000
It was a wise old frequent flyer that first taught me “not all transfer partners were created equal son,” and in the case of Etihad Guest, this could not ring truer. Points transferred during this promotion will be worth 1.2 Etihad Guest miles, or approximately 1/1.5 cents-per-point depending on how you value your points and miles.
Looking at the transfer partners and some of the transfer ratios, it’s pretty clear you won’t want to transfer points from any of the hotel rewards programs except maybe SPG. And even transferring at 1:1 from Starwood or Amex Membership Rewards would require you to have a high-value redemption in mind to ensure you are getting decent value out of your points.
If you transferred exactly 20K Starpoints to receive the 5K bonus points for partner transfers, 20,000 Starpoints would convert to 30,000 Etihad Guest miles, which is getting within striking distance for the value you want from Starpoints.
The sweet spot for Etihad’s transfer bonus, in this case, is Citi ThankYou points, with a close to equivalent value, if you can extract better than roughly 1.5 cents-per-point value out of your planned Etihad redemption, you’ll come out ahead.
One thing to be mindful of with Etihad Guest is that ALL miles expire after 24 months, so only transfer what you need. Additionally, as with all points transfers and purchases, they are final and you won't qualify for any refund so make sure to run your numbers prior to pulling the trigger.
Etihad has some fantastic partner airlines, and there is excellent value to be found with the likes of American and Virgin Australia. Will you be taking advantage of Etihad’s transfer bonus? Let us know in the comments.
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