You Can Once Again Redeem American Miles For Etihad First & Business Class In Advance

Filed Under: American, Etihad

About a month ago I wrote about how Etihad seemed to be restricting partner award redemptions for travel in premium cabins to & from the US. This meant that it was only possible to redeem American AAdvantage miles for Etihad first & business class to & from the US within 30 days of departure, regardless of whether or not Etihad showed saver level award availability through their own program.

Interestingly this restriction seemed to be on Etihad’s end, rather than on American’s end, since Etihad’s other partner airlines couldn’t see those seats either.

Prior to that American already sometimes couldn’t see Etihad award availability, though that didn’t seem to be correlated to how close to departure the travel date was. However, there was a workaround at the time, which was that American’s Australia & New Zealand call centers could see Etihad premium cabin award space when the US call center couldn’t. That largely stopped working a few month ago, though.

Well, there’s good news on this front, as reported by Straight To The Points. It appears like you can once again redeem American AAdvantage miles for travel in Etihad first & business class in advance by calling American’s New Zealand call center. The space they see should match the “Guest” space that shows directly through the Etihad Guest program, which you can easily search online.

So if you’ve been wanting to redeem miles for Etihad first or business class out of the US more than a month out, this is a great opportunity to do so. You can phone up American’s New Zealand call center atĀ 09-308-4014.

Happy booking!

  1. @Lucky. There was ALWAYS availability on Etihad via AA Singapore reservations for flights between the US and Middle East/India. The past 60 days My family and friends redeemed them for business and first for flights departing within a month all the way through a few flights for next year.

  2. @Varun

    Those redeeming AAdvantage miles are helping keep the airline afloat. Gives them at least a little revenue for seats that would fly empty.

  3. This totally works – I got IAD – AUH in February when beforehand I couldn’t. Both J and F were available.

  4. Thanks to you lucky i have just arrived back into sydney from muscat via abu dhabi in etihad first apartment long haul sector.
    The cabin and customer service was outstanding and it was the best 100k AA points that i have ever spent.
    Thanks again lucky and btw the australian call centre for AA is the best option for booking especially if you get one of the senior ladies in the call centre.

  5. Is there a way to fly NYC to SE Asia with a stopover at AUH (or in the reverse direction) on Etihad in first using AA miles?

  6. @chris US to SE Asia via the Middle East will price out as 2 awards when using AA miles.

    @Ev mostly credit card sign up bonus – CitiBank and Barclay’s both have AA cards. Furthermore, the Amex SPG cards (personal and business) earn starpoints that can be transferred to AA.

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