Reader Question: Amex Points Transfer To Etihad And Now LAX-AUH Tickets Marked No Good To Fly?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email about interesting situation where they are with American Express point transfer and award tickets issued on Etihad Airways.

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Etihad Airways In Disarray When Guest Program Loses All/Most Email Addresses During IT Upgrade!

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Etihad Airways had tried to update the Guest loyalty program website and back end IT over the past few months but something has went terribly wrong during the last upgrade.

Etihad Guest Update Main

Apparently the airline’s loyalty program has lost email addresses for most members of its Guest program. Many need to update their passwords due to new interface and this requires sending an email with one-time code to the email address on file that the airline now doesn’t have on the database in use!

Air Berlin Insolvency Administrator Seeks Multi Million Euro Damages From Etihad For Causing Bankruptcy

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Air Berlin’s insolvency administration came forward this week with a bizarre claim that they consider Etihad being responsible for the German carriers sudden insolvency and now seek for a multi million Euro settlement.

Air Berlin will shut their doors this coming week and in search for extra money they are now going after Etihad Airways actually blaming them for the companies downfall.

Etihad Airways Select Programs To Guest 20% Conversion Bonus Through October 31, 2017

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Etihad Airways has launched new 20% conversion promotion from select program to Etihad Guest through October 31, 2017.

Etihad Airways Etihad Guest Conversion Promo October 2017

The offer is valid for all conversions made between October 1 – 31, 2017, from programs mentioned below only.

Le Club AccorHotels Etihad Airways Triple Guest Miles September 30 – November 30, 2017

Le Club AccorHotels has launched new bonus miles offer for Etihad Airways Guest program member stays both booked and consumed between September 30 – November 30, 2017.

Le CLub AccorHotels Etihad Guest Triple Miles September 30 - November 30 2017

Etihad Guest members can earn triple miles for their stays during the promotional period.

Etihad Guest Website Maintenance September 16 -18, 2017 (Carry Your Elite Card!)

Etihad Airways today has been emailing Guest program members about rather long maintenance that will take place between September 16 – 18, 2017.

Etihad Guest Website Maintenance

During the maintenance period all Guest program functions will be down and program members will be required to show their elite cards in order to avail themselves to elite benefits at airports per the information Etihad has posted on their website.

Financial Time: “A hard landing for the Gulf’s airlines”

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Financial Times run an interesting piece earlier this week that is worth a read for those that fly on any of the ME3 (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways).

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For the first time, the ME3 are projected to grow in low single digits this year and Qatar capacity wil actually decrease due to the blockage.

Etihad Airways “Enhances” Guest Program

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Etihad Airways sent out an email today to Guest program members about “new benefits” (read mainly benefit downgrades) coming our way this fall and early 2018.

Etihad Guest Benefit Downgrades

Gold and Platinum status will now be only valid for year (previously two), upgrades will require more miles as will probably most awards (some will require less), business and first class award fuel surcharges will increases by another $50 etc.

Etihad Airways Now Selling Guest Miles (Up To 100,000 Per Calendar Year)

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When I wrote a piece late last year (access here), I noted that Etihad Airways hadn’t followed many other airlines and started selling its miles yet outside of up to 25% during redemption process.

Etihad Airways Guest Buy Miles

Now, the airline is utilizing Points.com platform (most other airlines and hotel programs do the same) and allow members to purchase up to 100,000 Guest miles per year and up to 60,000 per transaction.

Airfare of the Day: Etihad Airways Cairo to Tokyo FIRST CLASS (SUITES) $1547 (One Way) / $2446 (Round Trip)

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Etihad Airways’ First Class restricted fares between Cairo and Tokyo. These prices apply for their SUITES First Class product.

Etihad Airways Posts $1.87 Billion Loss For 2016 (Mainly Writedowns)

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Etihad Airways, the smallest of the ME3, today released its 2016 financial results showing $1.87 billion loss for the year.

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The airline wrote down $1.06 billion on value of aircraft and further $808 million charge due to Etihad’s equity alliance partners (Alitalita and Airberlin).

Etihad Regional Becomes Adria Airways Switzerland (Etihad Sells It Stake)

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There was an interesting development past week when Etihad Airways announced that it had sold its stake in Etihad Regional (Darwin Airline) to Ljubljana based Adria Airways (Star Alliance member).

Etihad Regional

Etihad earlier sold its stake in Aer Lingus to IAG (parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling) and is going trough a “strategic review” since last year of various airline holdings it still has. Not sure what it will do with the Topbonus and MilleMiglia frequent flier programs it also controls?

American Airlines Ends Codeshare Agreements With Qatar Airways & Etihad Effective March 25, 2018

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American Airways informed both Qatar Airways, its fellow Oneworld alliance member airline, and Etihad Airways on June 29, 2017, that it would terminate its codeshare agreement with both effective March 25, 2018.

American Airlines Discontinues Qatar Airways & Etihad Codeshares

American Airlines AAdvantage members can continue to earn both elite qualifying and redeemable miles on flights marketed/operated by Qatar Airways flights as it is Oneworld member. AAdvantage members can only earn award miles for Etihad operated and marketed flights (sold without AA code).

Le Club AccorHotels Etihad Airways Triple Etihad Guest Miles July 18 – September 30, 2017

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Le Club AccorHotels has launched new offer for Etihad Airways Guest member stays worldwide.

Le Club AccorHotels Etihad Guest Triple Miles July 18 - September 30 2017

Etihad Guest members can earn triple miles for stays of minimum three nights that are both consumed and booked between July 18 – September 30, 2017.

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