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


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?)


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?

Etihad Airways First Class Lounge Access Now Available For Cash

Etihad Airways is following on Emirates footsteps (read more here) by now allowing first class lounge access in Abu Dhabi for cash (payment by credit card only).

Etihad Airways First Class Lounge Access For Cash

The price is rather steep and starts at $200 for two hours if one is traveling in economy or business class and doesn’t have status with the airline.

Etihad Airways 20% Bonus Hotel Points To Guest Miles Conversions April 1 – 30, 2017


Etihad Airways has launched hotel points to Guest miles conversion promotion for transfers made between April 1 – 30, 2017.

Etihad Airways Guest Bonus Conversion Campaign April 2017

Members can get 20% bonus on all transfers made from select programs during the promotional period.

Etihad Airways Complimentary WiFi + iPads Business & First On US Bound Flights


Etihad Airways is trying to combat the electronics ban on its US bound flights and is now offering complimentary WiFi and iPads to business and first class passengers on those flights.

Etihad Airways Free WiFi iPad US Bound Flights

US bound passengers from select cities are required to check in their electronics (mobile phones excluded) and Emirates allows this to be done at the gate. Etihad allows this to be done before US immigration in Abu Dhabi.

Reader Question: Etihad Airways Forces To Purchase New Ticket At Check In?


A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email about an issue with Etihad Airways that forced the reader to purchase a new ticket for the flight at the time of check-in.

Reader Question Etihad Airways

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Compensation Clinic: Etihad Airways issues (Yet Again!)


Reader Question about Etihad Airways issue with kid meals, seats assignments, Etihad nannies, strollers and others.


Remember that you can always email us, send us a Facebook message or Tweet about the issues you have with hotels, airlines and other travel providers. We’ll feature one new Compensation Clinic each week.

Etihad Airways & Nicole Kidman Honeymoon Over


Jennifer Aniston has been selling the Emirates A380 on couple of commercials, and Etihad launched their advertisements featuring Nicole Kidman back in 2015.

Etihad Nicole Kidman

The contract between Etihad and Nicole Kidman has now ended and you can expect all the onboard commercials featuring her disappear shortly (if they haven’t already).

Etihad Aviation Group & Lufthansa Group Joint Press Conference Announces Deeper Partnership In Many Areas


Lufthansa & Etihad Airways have finally announced details of their new partnership which has been speculated about for weeks without anything major having leaked out so far.

The announcement came in a joint press conference held in Abu Dhabi yesterday where both CEO’s, James Hogan of Etihad and Carsten Spohr of Lufthansa unveiled the details.

Reader Question: Involuntary Downgraded On ETIHAD Flight Sold As Air Berlin Codeshare – Who Is Responsible?


Another Reader Question and yet another Involuntary Downgrade case this time involving a flight from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi operated by Etihad that was sold to our reader as an Air Berlin code share flight.

At the airport the passenger was confronted with the information from Etihad that his booking didn’t show to be in Business Class on the MEL-AUH segment despite having a printed confirmation in Business.

Etihad Group CEO James Hogan To Step Down Later This Year, Company Still Denies Further Investment In Lufthansa


Big news coming from Etihad today as news became public that President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group James Hogan will step down in the second half of 2017.

Hogan has spent more than a decade at the Abu Dhabi based carrier, transforming it from a small regional airline into a global player.

Reader Question: How To Request Individual Cash Upgrades On Etihad Airways And Does It Make Sense?


As part of our Reader Question series today we’d like to feature one request that reached us yesterday asking if it makes sense to pay for Etihad Airways cash upgrades.

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Etihad Announces Cost Cutting Including Reduction Of Jobs Amid Market Slowdown


Etihad Airways surprisingly announced that they would cut between 1,000-3,000 jobs amid a slowdown of the aviation market that saw the Middle Eastern Carrier expanding rapidly in recent years.


Etihad’s decision to step on the brakes could signalize a more conservative approach from the Gulf airlines that grew in both seat capacity and staff, but might have to scale back in order to keep pace with the market.

Etihad Airways Triple Guest Miles November 28 – March 1, 2017 (Book By December 17)

Etihad Airways has launched a triple Guest miles campaign a flight flown between November 28 – March 1, 2017, and booked November 28 – December 17.


The offers appears to be targeted as there are no ways to register for this offer on Etihad’s website. You should check if you have received an invitation.

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