Etihad Airways Partners Aligned Elite Benefits Among The Airlines Effective October 4, 2016

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Etihad Airways has effective today (October 4) aligned the elite benefits among its Etihad Airways Partners airlines frequent flier programs (of which it owns a stake).

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In addition to Etihad Airways these benefits apply: airberlin, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI.

You can access Etihad’s web page for aligned elite benefits here.

Note that Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional use Etihad Guest as their frequent flier program. Airberlin and NIKI use Topbonus while Jet Airways have their own. Etihad is majority/minority owner of Airberlin and Jet Airways loyalty programs.

Here are the aligned benefits:

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And the small print:

*Entitled to one guest except in Jet Airways lounges. oneworld and SkyTeam Lounges excluded. Etihad Guest Gold members will have access to the Al Reem Lounge in Abu Dhabi International Airport when travelling in Economy.
**Baggage allowance is based on a piece and weight concept and is dependent on airline and destination.

So, you cannot guest a person traveling with you if flying on Jet Airways. If flying on both Airberlin/NIKI or Alitalia, you only have access to their own lounges or third party ones (excluded in the case of Alitalia). You won’t have access to Oneworld or SkyTeam lounges if Airberlin or Alitalia happens to use them. Bit confusing. You may or may not have access.

Conclusion

It is certainly good to have aligned benefits among the equity alliance airlines that Etihad markets under the Etihad Airways Partners umbrella.

I have not been able to figure out if during this “alignment” some of the elite status benefits have been reduced or eliminated.

EDIT: Seems that Etihad Guest Silver members here lose the lounge access when flying on Etihad everywhere else than at their base in Abu Dhabi. Huge downgrade in benefits for many.

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