Steve Belkin (whose mileage exploits are chronicled in this Google Translate version of a recent Norway Sunday article) points me to Etihad Guest’s 50% off sale on all awards through September 15.
I don’t know how I missed this, Steve says he simply saw it listed in the promotions section at the back of Inside Flyer. I need to scour that more often!
Sadly I know of no way to quickly ramp up an Etihad mileage balance, at least starting from where I am. I see no transfer options from Membership Rewards (US), Diners Club (US), Starwood Preferred Guest, Hyatt Gold Passport… don’t these folks partner with anyone for mileage transfer?
Since this offers the opportunity to redeem US-India in business class for 80,000 points, among other values.
This could well be a winner as Best Promotion in the 2011 Frequent Traveler Awards for the Middle East & Asia Pacific Region.