Etihad Guest 25% Off Flight Award Discount

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Etihad Airways is offering 25% off of the usual number of Guest miles that is required for award flights taken and ticketed between June 23 and July 31, 2013. This offer is valid for destinations that Etihad has listed on their promo page here.

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This offer is valid only for bookings made on Etihad’s website (no call center) and you need to use the promotional code RWD25PCT to get the discount. This offer is not available for Miles + Cash bookings.

Swissotel Circle Eleva Status After One Stay For Etihad Guest Gold Elite Members (And Maybe For Others Too)

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Swissotel Circle has a fast track offer for Eleva status after just one stay for Etihad Airways Guest frequent flyer program’s Gold Elite members.

Edit: This article has been corrected to reflect that this Swissotel account upgrade is ONLY available for Etihad Guest Gold ELITE members. 

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Eleva status usually requires 20 nights, but this fast track offer only one. There are some other offers for Eleva status after three nights for some bank credit card holders. You can access this offer on Etihad’s website here and on Swissotel’s website here.

Etihad Airways Guest Gold Status Match (Limited Time!)

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Etihad Airways has new limited time status match campaign for Gold or higher elites on other airlines. You can receive Gold elite status with Etihad’s program by taking advantage of this offer that is valid until June 18, 2013.

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Note that this offer is limited to the first 500 members. You can access Etihad’s web page for this offer here.

Etihad Airways Offer: Double Miles In Economy & Triple In Business/First Between May 26 & July 21

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Etihad has a new offer for double miles in economy and triple miles for business & first class for trips that are booked and ticketed between May 26 and July 21, 2013. This offer is valid for Etihad Guest accounts that are connected to BusinessConnect program and you can access it here.

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You can read my take on the Etihad BusinessConnect here. This offer is for double or triple personal Etihad Guest miles, but only for accounts that are connected to a BusinessConnect.

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.

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