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Etihad is back with another bonus for transferring hotel points into miles. Now through April 30, 2023, you can get up to a 30% transfer bonus when converting points from various programs to Etihad Guest. For the majority of travelers, the most relevant programs are Capital One, World of Hyatt, Accor Hotels, Hilton Honors, and IHG One Rewards.
This deal won't be for everyone. But, don't blow off this deal just because you don't plan to travel to (or through) the Middle East. That's because there are plenty of uses of Etihad Guest miles that don't touch the Middle East.
Up to 30% Etihad Transfer Bonus Promotion
For the month of April 2023, Etihad is giving up to a 30% bonus when transferring points from several hotel and bank programs. Many banks participating in this promotion are located in the United Arab Emirates. However, there are some transfer options that are relevant for U.S. readers: Capital One, World of Hyatt, Accor Hotels, Hilton Honors, and IHG One Rewards.
- Capital One: Miles transfer to Etihad Guest at a 1:1 ratio. This transfer bonus bumps the transfer rate as high as 1.3 Etihad miles per 1 Capital One mile transferred.
- World of Hyatt: Points typically transfer to Etihad Guest at a rate of five points to two miles. With this promotion, you'll get up to 2,600 miles per 5,000 points transferred. Note that World of Hyatt points only transfer in multiples of 5,000.
- Accor Hotels: Points typically transfer at a rate of 4,000 Rewards points to 2,000 Etihad Guest miles. With this promotion, you'll get up to 2,600 miles per 4,000 points.
- Hilton Honors: Hilton Honors points normally transfer to 1 Etihad mile. With the minimum transfer amount of 10,000 Hilton points, you can get up to 1,300 miles with this promotion.
- IHG One Rewards: IHG One Rewards points transfer to Etihad miles with a 5 to 1 ratio, and a minimum of 10,000 points. This promotion gives you up to a ratio of 5 to 1.3.
The transfer bonus percentage depends on how many miles you transfer:
- Up to 10,000 miles transferred will receive a 15% bonus on each transfer.
- 10,001 to 50,000 miles transferred will receive a 25% bonus on each transfer.
- Over 50,000 miles transferred will receive a 30% bonus on each transfer.
Eligible Bank Programs
Per the terms and conditions, you can find a full list of banks programs that are eligible for this Etihad Guest transfer bonus here:
- Accor Hotels
- Shangri La
- World of Hyatt
- Hilton Worldwide
- Capital One
- Hyundai Card
- Hana Bank
- SC Brunei
- SC Singapore
- Ping An
- Cathay United
- Commonwealth Bank
This list seems to be quite different from previous promotions. Due to this, we can assume that each promotion has a different list of transfer partners. In the hotel partners, Hilton Honors replaced Radisson Rewards.
Last year, Capital One was removed as an eligible transfer partner partway through the promotion. For now, this promotion does include Capital One as a partner:
Eligible Hotel Programs
Five hotel programs are eligible for this transfer bonus:
- Accor Live Limitless
- IHG One Rewards
- Hilton Worldwide
- World of Hyatt
Etihad Transfer Bonus Terms and Conditions
- The transfer can't be reversed once initiated.
- Ensure you use your Etihad Guest membership number when making the transfer.
- Point transfers must be completed before midnight on April 30, 2023.
- Your bonus Etihad Guest miles will be posted to your account instantly with the transaction.
- Bonus Etihad Guest Tier Miles earned during this promotion will reflect in the member’s Etihad Guest membership account within 10 business days by the end of the campaign period.
- Not valid with any other offer.
How to Use Etihad Guest Miles
You can redeem Etihad Guest miles on dozens of Etihad's partners. Note that on March 10, 2023, Etihad overhauled its award chart. That change killed off most Etihad sweet spots. But there's still some niche value to be found.
For instance, you can transfer 5,300 Capital One miles (as CapOne transfers only need to be in increments of 100 miles) to get 6,095 Etihad Guest miles after the 15% transfer bonus. That's enough to book a partner flight up to 500 miles in distance. That includes many American Airlines flights and numerous other partner flights around the world.
To unlock an even better rate, you'll need to transfer a larger amount of miles into Etihad.
Etihad Guest Expiration Policy
Etihad Guest miles do expire after 18 months of no qualifying activity for Bronze, Silver, and Gold members. Per the Etihad Etihad FAQs page, Etihad Guest Bronze, Silver, and Gold members' miles are valid for 18 months plus an additional 18 months with an eligible miles transaction. However, your miles never expire if you are an Etihad Guest Platinum member.
Thankfully, there are a variety of ways that you can extend the validity of your mileage balance. This includes when you earn, spend, buy miles, or transfer points into Etihad Guest.
U.S.-based members can transfer points to Etihad Guest to reset the expiration of their miles: American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Citi ThankYou Rewards all transfer at a 1:1 ratio and generally within an hour. Also, you are able to transfer 3:1 from Marriott Bonvoy with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 Bonvoy points transferred at one time.
This promotion is only valuable for travelers that know how to take advantage of the Etihad Guest program. If you've found a good use, you'll need to decide whether your points are more valuable in your Capital One or World of Hyatt account.
Or, maybe it's more valuable for you to use your points through Etihad Guest. Either way, we are happy to see the return of this transfer bonus.
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