Etihad Guest Website Maintenance September 16 -18, 2017 (Carry Your Elite Card!)

Etihad Airways today has been emailing Guest program members about rather long maintenance that will take place between September 16 – 18, 2017.

Etihad Guest Website Maintenance

During the maintenance period all Guest program functions will be down and program members will be required to show their elite cards in order to avail themselves to elite benefits at airports per the information Etihad has posted on their website.

Financial Time: “A hard landing for the Gulf’s airlines”

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Financial Times run an interesting piece earlier this week that is worth a read for those that fly on any of the ME3 (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways).

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For the first time, the ME3 are projected to grow in low single digits this year and Qatar capacity wil actually decrease due to the blockage.

Etihad Airways “Enhances” Guest Program

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Etihad Airways sent out an email today to Guest program members about “new benefits” (read mainly benefit downgrades) coming our way this fall and early 2018.

Etihad Guest Benefit Downgrades

Gold and Platinum status will now be only valid for year (previously two), upgrades will require more miles as will probably most awards (some will require less), business and first class award fuel surcharges will increases by another $50 etc.

Etihad Airways Now Selling Guest Miles (Up To 100,000 Per Calendar Year)

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When I wrote a piece late last year (access here), I noted that Etihad Airways hadn’t followed many other airlines and started selling its miles yet outside of up to 25% during redemption process.

Etihad Airways Guest Buy Miles

Now, the airline is utilizing Points.com platform (most other airlines and hotel programs do the same) and allow members to purchase up to 100,000 Guest miles per year and up to 60,000 per transaction.

Airfare of the Day: Etihad Airways Cairo to Tokyo FIRST CLASS (SUITES) $1547 (One Way) / $2446 (Round Trip)

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Etihad Airways’ First Class restricted fares between Cairo and Tokyo. These prices apply for their SUITES First Class product.

Etihad Airways Posts $1.87 Billion Loss For 2016 (Mainly Writedowns)

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Etihad Airways, the smallest of the ME3, today released its 2016 financial results showing $1.87 billion loss for the year.

Etihad Airways

The airline wrote down $1.06 billion on value of aircraft and further $808 million charge due to Etihad’s equity alliance partners (Alitalita and Airberlin).

Etihad Regional Becomes Adria Airways Switzerland (Etihad Sells It Stake)

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There was an interesting development past week when Etihad Airways announced that it had sold its stake in Etihad Regional (Darwin Airline) to Ljubljana based Adria Airways (Star Alliance member).

Etihad Regional

Etihad earlier sold its stake in Aer Lingus to IAG (parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling) and is going trough a “strategic review” since last year of various airline holdings it still has. Not sure what it will do with the Topbonus and MilleMiglia frequent flier programs it also controls?

American Airlines Ends Codeshare Agreements With Qatar Airways & Etihad Effective March 25, 2018

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American Airways informed both Qatar Airways, its fellow Oneworld alliance member airline, and Etihad Airways on June 29, 2017, that it would terminate its codeshare agreement with both effective March 25, 2018.

American Airlines Discontinues Qatar Airways & Etihad Codeshares

American Airlines AAdvantage members can continue to earn both elite qualifying and redeemable miles on flights marketed/operated by Qatar Airways flights as it is Oneworld member. AAdvantage members can only earn award miles for Etihad operated and marketed flights (sold without AA code).

Le Club AccorHotels Etihad Airways Triple Etihad Guest Miles July 18 – September 30, 2017

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Le Club AccorHotels has launched new offer for Etihad Airways Guest member stays worldwide.

Le Club AccorHotels Etihad Guest Triple Miles July 18 - September 30 2017

Etihad Guest members can earn triple miles for stays of minimum three nights that are both consumed and booked between July 18 – September 30, 2017.

Electronics Ban Is Gone From Etihad Airways Flights To United States

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The US administration announced enhanced screening procedures for flights destined to the United States last week (read more here) in place of expanded laptop ban. The Middle Eastern airports where the original laptop/electronics ban has been in place since March could have it removed if they comply with this enhanced screening.

Etihad Airways Laptop Ban No More

Etihad Airways is the first airlines (that I am aware of) that has been able to remove the laptop/large electronics ban from the flights to the United States effective immediately. Abu Dhabi is also the only airport in the region that offers the US preclearance facility meaning that passengers arrive as domestic at the US ports of entry.

Delta Releases 15 Minute “Documentary” About The Dangers Of ME3 (Watch & Vomit!)

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Delta Air Lines released the other day 15 minute long “documentary” about the gulf carriers trying to inform its employees what is at stake.

 
The video certainly is one sided painting Delta as a saint and Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as nothing but government run airlines hemorrhaging money and conspiring to “overthrow” the US carriers.

Etihad Discontinues Complimentary Chauffeur Service Outside Of UAE For Tickets Issued July 3, 2017

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Etihad today made an announcement that they would discontinue complimentary chauffeur service for first and business class passengers outside of the UAE for tickets issued on or after July 3, 2017.

Etihad Chauffeur Service Gone

Those traveling on the A380 Residence will continue receive this service. Passengers in all other cabins can utilize paid ground transportation methods to/from the airports.

Etihad Cutbacks: San Francisco Route Axed Due To Low Profitability, Effective October 29th 2017

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Etihad Airways is the latest of the Gulf Carriers that is reconsidering their strategy for U.S. routes amid a slowed demand and decided to cut their San Francisco route from late October onward.

The airline cites low profitability of the route as the reason for the withdrawal from San Francisco which is one of several U.S. gateways and their second in California (Etihad will continue flights to Los Angeles).

UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt & Bahrain Cut Diplomatic Ties With Qatar (Effect On Qatar Airways?)

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It is Ramadan time in the Middle East that doesn’t seem to extend to the politics that we don’t cover here in the LoyaltyLobby unless it affects travel.

Qatar Airways Announcements New Routes, Meridiana Stake & Indian Airline Launch

United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have all decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. It unclear at this time what does this means to Qatar Airways. Can the airline still operate flights to/from these countries and use their air space?

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