Etihad, the national & smaller global airline out from UAE, has launched a status match campaign that is limited to first 1000 participants. Etihad is matching other airlines’ Gold members or higher to Etihad Guest Gold. This offer is valid until April 26th or when participant quota has been reached.
Last week Etihad announced some not so good changes for its Etihad Guest frequent flier program. Unless you are flying full fare business or first class, the number of miles you will earn will go down.
The requirements of this status match campaign are very straightforward. You only need to email a copy of the frequent flier card and the miles statement to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your Etihad Guest frequent flier number.
There is also an offer of triple miles for business class and quadruple miles for first class for program participants. The details of this bonus offer are somewhat unclear. Apparently, they will send more detailed information for those that are matched to Gold.
I just applied for the tier match myself as I have been thinking of taking some Etihad operated flights in the not so distant future. I qualified for the Emirates Skywards Gold the other week, but haven’t received a new card yet. At least on the Emirates’ website you can just print a copy of the card. Then I printed out also my latest account statement as a PDF file, and sent a short email to the address above with my guest number and the two files as an attachment. We’ll see how long it takes for Etihad to update my status to Gold. Based on my previous correspondence with Etihad over the email they have been able to react rather fast.