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Instead of meeting the Etihad Guest Gold status requirement of 50,000 elite qualifying miles within the past 12 months, my status was upgraded this past week being short of less than 2,000 miles.

Etihad Airways Etihad Guest Gold Upgrade

This status upgrade comes handy this coming week, as I am flying from Sao Paulo to Abu Dhabi. Will earn more miles and Etihad often upgrades elites if needed (rolls cabins from economy to business and from business to first). [click to continue…]

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Here are five seven reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions March 21

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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Etihad Guest has launched a new fantastic offer for double or triple awards and tier miles that is valid for ravel between March 12 – May 31, 2015. The booking window is March 10 – 22.

Etihad Guest Double & Triple Award & TIer Miles For Economy Business First

You get double tier and award miles for flights taken in economy class and triple tier and awards miles for flights taken in business and first class during the offer period. [click to continue…]

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The Airlines of America (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines) made the 55 page white paper public on Thursday accusing of Gulf airlines of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways of unfair trade practices.

Financial Times US airlines seek action against Gulf carriers

If these airlines are found to be receiving government subsidies, the United States can null the open skies agreement it has with United Arab Emirates and Qatar that was probably negotiated at times when nobody knew that the airlines from these countries would become global heavyweights. [click to continue…]

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Etihad Airways sent out an email about their new worldwide economy & business class sale at up to 30% off, but there was some far more interesting on the email as well.

Etihad Airways Etihad Guest Double Miles Economy Business Class March 3 - December 12 2015

Etihad Guest members can earn double miles for both economy and business class for flights taken between March 3 and December 12, 2015. Registration is required by March 3. [click to continue…]

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Delta’s CEO was on Quest Means Business last night on the CNN and seems that the US airlines are gearing up the rhetoric against the Gulf airlines of Emirates and Etihad (both from the UAE) and Qatar Airways.

Source: CNN

Now, Delta’s CEO is blaming the countries (all) on the Arabian peninsula for the September 11 attacks that lead the restructuring of the airlines in the United States and implying that UAE has something to do with them. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have started to lobby the US government to restrict the expansion of the gulf airlines namely Emirates, Etihad and Qatar due to alleged “subsidies”.

WSJ Big U.S. Airlines Fault Persian Gulf Carriers

The United States and the gulf states have an Open Skies agreement that allows the airlines from these countries to freely operate flights in-between, as long as they don’t receive government subsidies. [click to continue…]