Today, I received an email offer from Etihad Airways that was about the weirdest that any travel provider has ever sent me and even more so considering that you officially need an alcohol license to consume adult beverages in UAE.
Etihad Airways was pushing a Club membership that doles out 80,000 or 130,000 Guest miles for their yearly premium memberships.
You can access this offer using Etihad’s link here.
Here’s what they are selling:
If you purchase the Premium Private membership for 159 euros/month you are paying (159*12/80000) 2.4 euro cents per Etihad Guest mile. The price of an Etihad Guest mile is 2.3 euro cents (249*12/130000) for the Premium Partners membership.
I have no idea if these other benefits besides Etihad Guest miles offer any value. Seems that this is a rather new venture as they claim to have 1000+ members. They get the money upfront and the miles should post within 30 days after the promotion ends (August 31, 2016).
You can book premium cabin Etihad awards usually for less using American Airlines AAdvantage miles that you can also buy for cheaper during the frequent sales.
I am not quite sure why Etihad thought that sending this campaign would make sense for their members?
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
This is a time-limited exclusive offer for Etihad Guest members. The promotion period of this offer is from 1 June 2016 – 31 August 2016. Only new Finest Clubs members are eligible for this offer. Etihad Guest members signing up to Finest Clubs and paying the annual membership fee will earn 80’000 miles (for the first year only). Limit of one 80’000 bonus mile reward per member. To earn bonus miles, Finest Clubs will contact you after sign-up and payment through the promotional link www.finestclubs.com/membercard-plans?lp=etihad. Please allow up to 30 days after the promotion end date for bonus miles to be deposited to your Etihad Guest account. Membership fees cannot be withdrawn after crediting of the miles. Membership at Finest Clubs requires approval from the company and all members accept the Terms & Conditions, that can be found on the promotional link page. Etihad Guest reserves the right without advance notice to change or discontinue any miles promotion at any time.