Upgrading On Etihad For Cash: Case Kuala Lumpur To Abu Dhabi

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I just purchased a last minute one way from Kuala Lumpur to Barcelona on Alitalia in Economy for a rather low price of $530. I was targeted for double miles offer on Etihad and the Alitalia segments credit at 100% bonus to my Delta SkyMiles account.

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Airlines often offer space available paid upgrades from economy to business. Etihad is supposedly using Plusgrade’s technology for bidding based upgrades.

50 Free Virgin America Or 100 Etihad Miles For PointsHound Sign Up (No Purchase Required)

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PointsHound has two new offers for either 50 free Virgin America Elevate Points (sign up here) or 100 free Etihad Airways miles (sign up here) for just signing up for their program.

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Both of these offers are set to expire on May 31, 2013. Last year, when PointsHound was offering free airline miles, the offers were retired early.

Etihad Airways Le Club Accorhotels Newest Airline Partner

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Le Club Accorhotels has quietly introduced a new airline partner Etihad Airways. You ca access Accor’s web page of partner airlines here.

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You can convert Le Club Accorhotels points that you have to miles 2 for 1 i.e. 2000 Le Club Accorhotels points becomes 1000 miles after conversion.

IAG Buys Vueling, Etihad Invests To Jet & Singapore Airlines Ups Its Share Of Virgin Australia

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It has been quite a 24 hours in the airline acquisition market; IAG ups its share of Vueling to 91% (read more here), Etihad buys 24% share of Jet Airways of India (read more here), and Singapore Airlines doubles its stake on Virgin Australia to 19.9% (read more here).

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IAG’s Purchase Of Vueling

US Preclearance (Immigration & Customs) Coming To Abu Dhabi?

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There was an interesting news piece last week about the new US Customs & Immigration preclearance location that is being planned to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. You can read more about this on WSJ (here) and on USAToday (here).

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This would be very interesting move. The US currently has preclearance posts in Canada, the Caribbean, and Ireland. You can access the list of these current locations here.

Etihad Offer For Double Coral Economy Miles (Targeted)

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Over the past year, I have received number of targeted offers for double/triple miles in business and first class on Etihad, but never before for economy. This targeted offer (that you can access here) is valid for travel between April 22 and May 30, 2013.

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Etihad will double the number of award miles that you earn for your economy flight.

Sign Up For Etihad BusinessConnect And Get 5000 Miles Bonus

Etihad has a promotion for 5000 bonus miles for signing up BusinessConnect program. The program is intended for small companies that don’t have discount contract with the airline. Etihad sent out an email regarding this program today and you can access it here.

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Etihad BusinessConnect allows the company earn miles for the flights that the employee takes. The employee continues to earn the usual number of miles to his/her personal Etihad Guest account.

Etihad Switching From Amadeus to Sabre – Be Ready For A Bumpy Ride

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Etihad sent out an email about the forthcoming switch from Amadeus reservation system to Sabre one that will take place on 23rd of this month. You can read Etihad’s statement about this change here.

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Switching a GDS (Global Reservation System) is a huge task. The airline is required to convert and move all the PNR and eticket information from the old system to the new one. During the “blackout” period, the Etihad personnel is likely required to do manual check in’s at the airport, if the passenger has not checked in beforehand.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Stopover Deal: First Night Free

If you have been planning on flying Etihad Airways, you may have come across their offer for a first night free offer. This is valid for stays of minimum of two nights that is in conjunction of Etihad flight in/out of Abu Dhabi. It is not valid for trips originating or ending in the city, however.

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Etihad has had this same offer for the past year and they have now renewed it until November 30, 2013. This offer is valid for tickets issued after December 1, 2012. You can read more about this offer on Etihad’s website here.

Etihad’s Double & Triple Miles Offer for Business & First Class

Etihad just sent out an offer for double miles for business class and/or triple miles for first class for travel between January 21 and February 4 that is valid ONLY for bookings that are made from January 20 to February 3, 2013. This appears to be a targeted offer and you can access it here.

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The other year, I credited bunch of business class flights that I took on Sri Lankan to Etihad. There weren’t any better choice for them. In 2012, I took advantage of Etihad’s offer of matching a status with a competing airline. I am now Etihad Gold until sometime in 2014.

Double Etihad, Jet or Qatar Miles at 20 Hyatt Properties in South West Asia

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Hyatt is offering double miles for Etihad, Jet or Qatar frequent flier members between December 1 and February 28, 2013, at 20 Hyatt properties in Southwest Asia. You need to use offer code SWADBL when making the booking.

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The participating properties for this offer are:

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas, Hyatt Regency Chennai, Park Hyatt Chennai, Hyatt Regency Delhi, Grand Hyatt Doha, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Park Hyatt Dubai, Grand Hyatt Goa, Park Hyatt Goa, Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina, Club and Spa, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Hyatt Regency Kolkata, Park Hyatt Maldives, Hyatt Regency Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Muscat and Hyatt Regency Pune.

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The Qatar’s web page refers to a 1000 bonus Qmiles that I believe is incorrect. This offer is for double miles that would be total of 1000 Qmiles per stay. The bonus amount is 500 Qmiles per stay and not 1000. If you are planning to collect Qmiles, make sure that you take a screenshot of the Qatar’s web page.

Conclusion

This offer may make sense if you have a one night inexpensive stay at any of the participating properties. Otherwise, I would just collection Hyatt Gold Passport points.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Double miles offer valid December 1, 2012-February 28, 2013 with Etihad Airways, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways at participating Hyatt hotels worldwide. All hotel reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Guest must request offer code SWADBL at time of reservation and check-in to receive bonus miles. Guest must choose miles for their stay. Guest must present a valid airline membership card at check-in and pay an eligible rate. An “Eligible Rate” is any hotel published room rate, including, but not limited to rates found on hyatt.com or any Hyatt Gold Passport, the Hyatt Daily Rate, Volume Rate, AAA and Senior Citizen rates, etc. “Ineligible Rates” are discounted rates, including, but not limited to, any free night stays, Internet wholesale rates (such as priceline.com, hotels.com, etc.), traditional wholesale rates (such as GOGO Worldwide Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, etc.), airline crew rates, airline employee rates, travel agency employee rates, Club at the Hyatt discount certificate stays, Hyatt Vacation Club stays, Hyatt employee or employee family discount rates, airline interrupted-trip vouchers or contracted rooms (a contract room is a room that has been reserved pursuant to a written and executed agreement between a hotel and a corporation, government agency or individual for a negotiated room rate in exchange for an agreed upon number of rooms to be rented for an extended period of time). One bonus per member, per room, per stay. Eligibility for miles is subject to the terms and conditions of participating airlines programme. Allow 6-8 weeks after your stay for your bonus miles to be posted to your airline account. This promotion is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Hyatt Gold Passport program. One bonus per member, per room, per stay. Offer is subject to terms and conditions of the Etihad Guest Miles program.

Etihad’s Refer a Friend First Flight Bonus

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Etihad is offering bonus miles for referring friends to their Etihad Guest frequent flier program. The referrer gets 5000 miles and the referred double/triple first flight bonus miles for business/first class flight. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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You can access this offer here. You can ask your friend to refer your or you can email me your name, email address and country of residence to john@loyaltylobby.com. I will have the sign up offer sent to you.

Conclusion

This offer is only good for  those that have business or first class Etihad flights booked and they haven’t yet signed up for the Etihad Quest program. It appears that this bonus only applies to the first flight and not ticket/trip.

Etihad and Garuda Indonesia Sign Codeshare Agreement

Etihad and Garuda reached an agreement last week regarding codesharing between the airlines. This was announced last week on 18th of last month and there was quite a bit of both paid and free publicity on the newspapers regarding this issue.

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Garuda will shift its Amsterdam flight to go via Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai and will codeshare on number of Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and number of cities in the Europe/Middle East.

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There is a comprehensive list of destinations that the airlines are going to codeshare on Airlineroute.net website.

As part of the deal, the airline from 02DEC12 will shift 4 weekly Jakarta – Dubai – Amsterdam route will to Jakarta – Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam, with A330-200 aircraft.

GA’s new Schedule and codeshare routes with ETIHAD as follows:

GA088 CGK1940 – 0100+1AUH0230+1 – 0655+1AMS 332 x246
GA089 AMS0940 – 1915AUH2045 – 0755+1CGK 332 x357

From 28OCT12, Garuda Indonesia and ETIHAD to codeshare on following routes.
Garuda Indonesia operated by ETIHAD GA9000 – 9099 and GA9900 – 9999 Series
Abu Dhabi – Amman
Abu Dhabi – Athens

Garuda Indonesia became SkyTeam candidate in 2012 and was set to join the alliance on 2012. This is now delayed and the new joining date is expected to be sometime in 2014.

There has been a lot of going on with the three Middle Eastern airlines lately. Emirates and Qantas signed up an agreement regarding the European traffic. Qatar decided to join the oneworld. Last week, Etihad signed an agreement with Air France-KLM and Etihad + Air Berlin (that is partly owned by Etihad).

Conclusion

Garuda Indonesia is quite a turnaround story. They had quite a few problems (crashing planes) at some point in the 2000’s and were put on an European Union black list. This ban of flying to Europe has been lifted.

I have only flown on Garuda once from Bali to Jakarta couple of years ago. The flight was uneventful and the service was typical what you can expect in Asia.

Etihad’s Offer for Double/Triple Bonus Miles for Business/First

Etihad has been sending these offers couple of times this year. I wrote about similar offer this spring that had really short validity period. This time the offer that Etihad emailed to me makes more sense. They are offering double miles for business class and triple for first class between October 16 and November 26, 2012.

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Note that these offers are targeted. They seem to send them out if you haven’t flown Etihad in business or first class, or there has been a lapse in activity.

If you are planning to fly Etihad in paid business or first class, it might make sense to sign up for the Etihad’s frequent flier program and hope that they send you one of these offers as well.

Conclusion

This is a timely offer for me. I have been contemplating of buying a business class fare for later this month and getting some extra miles never hurts. I did a status match for Gold status on Etihad’s Guest program earlier this year.

Here are the terms and conditions of this targeted offer:

This offer is exclusive to a select segment of Etihad Guests, and is available by invitation only. Bonus Miles Promotion is valid for all bookings made between 15 October and 26 November 2012 for travel between 16 October and 27 November 2012. The bonus miles earned will depend on the fare class booked. The bonus miles will be offered only on Etihad operated flights and does not include redemption flights. The bonus miles will be credited for every eligible flight flown during the promotion period. The bonus miles earned will be Etihad Guest Miles and not Tier Miles. Members only earn bonus base miles and class bonus miles. The bonus miles will be credited at the end of the promotion period. This promotion is not valid for travel to Ahmedabad.

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