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


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.

Electronics Ban Is Gone From Etihad Airways Flights To United States


The US administration announced enhanced screening procedures for flights destined to the United States last week (read more here) in place of expanded laptop ban. The Middle Eastern airports where the original laptop/electronics ban has been in place since March could have it removed if they comply with this enhanced screening.

Etihad Airways Laptop Ban No More

Etihad Airways is the first airlines (that I am aware of) that has been able to remove the laptop/large electronics ban from the flights to the United States effective immediately. Abu Dhabi is also the only airport in the region that offers the US preclearance facility meaning that passengers arrive as domestic at the US ports of entry.

Delta Releases 15 Minute “Documentary” About The Dangers Of ME3 (Watch & Vomit!)


Delta Air Lines released the other day 15 minute long “documentary” about the gulf carriers trying to inform its employees what is at stake.

The video certainly is one sided painting Delta as a saint and Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as nothing but government run airlines hemorrhaging money and conspiring to “overthrow” the US carriers.

Etihad Discontinues Complimentary Chauffeur Service Outside Of UAE For Tickets Issued July 3, 2017

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Etihad today made an announcement that they would discontinue complimentary chauffeur service for first and business class passengers outside of the UAE for tickets issued on or after July 3, 2017.

Etihad Chauffeur Service Gone

Those traveling on the A380 Residence will continue receive this service. Passengers in all other cabins can utilize paid ground transportation methods to/from the airports.

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

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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.

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