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Etihad Guest offers 500 miles for joining. Their miles are valuable because you can redeem for one of the world’s best first class products but also for some outstanding value partner awards. And you can transfer points to Etihad Guest several ways.
- Transfer points from the Citi Prestige Card, which earns 3 points per dollar on air and hotel, into Etihad.
- Transfer points from the fastest-earning Membership Rewards cards — the Amex Everyday Preferred and Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.
I’ve covered some of the exceptional values, like booking Brussels Airlines roundtrip business class New York JFK – Brussels for just 36,620 miles and booking award travel on American Airlines at the prices American used to charge before their March 2016 devaluation.
Partner awards have to be booked over the phone and Etihad’s phone reps aren’t very good in my experience, I often hang up and call back a couple of times to get an Etihad Guest agent well versed in partner award bookings.
Urban legend says these awards aren’t bookable but I’ve booked them, try the call center in Manchester, UK for this at 44 0345 6081225.
There’s another partner I wanted to highlight. Here’s the Etihad Guest redemption chart for travel on Czech Airlines.
One way short haul awards start at 3500 points in coach and 7000 points in business class. The vast majority of the airline’s routes can be had for fewer than 10,000 points each way in business.
For instance here are some one way prices in economy and business to and from Prague:
But what about long haul? Prague – Seoul is 5131 miles:
Etihad Guest is a Czech Airlines partner, and you can redeem Etihad’s miles for travel on Czech’s four day a week flight for… just 25,610 miles each way in business class (12,805 each way in coach).
If memory serves the Czech A330-300 is leased from Korean Air, so features Korean Air’s seats.
Meanwhile Tel Aviv is 16,330 miles in business class. Abu Dhabi is 13,900 miles each way. Barcelona is 8440 miles each way.