Etihad Guest Selling Miles With 60% Bonus (1.25 Cents Each)

Etihad Guest Selling Miles With 60% Bonus (1.25 Cents Each)

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Etihad Guest has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles.

Etihad Guest offering bonus on purchased miles

Through Friday, August 27, 2021, Etihad Guest is offering a tiered bonus when you buy miles:

  • Buy 4,000-20,000 miles, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 21,000-40,000 miles, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 41,000-100,000 miles, get a 60% bonus

With Etihad Guest you can purchase up to 100,000 miles per calendar year (unless you’re a Platinum member, in which case you can purchase up to 150,000 miles). If you max out this promotion you can purchase a total of 160,000 miles for $2,000, which is a cost of 1.25 cents per mile.

This is in line with best promotions we’ve seen on purchased Etihad Guest miles in quite a while. Being able to buy Etihad Guest miles for 1.25 cents each is potentially a great deal.

Which credit card should you buy miles with?

Etihad mileage purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending. Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending.

Ordinarily I’d say that would be a card like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review), though you won’t want to use those for purchases that would be subjected to foreign transaction fees.

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Should you buy Etihad miles with this promo?

While I wouldn’t speculatively pick up Etihad Guest miles, there are some excellent niche redemptions with Etihad where this price could be worthwhile. For example:

Royal Air Maroc’s 787-9 business class

I do think buying Etihad Guest miles for 1.25 cents each could represent a good value, though I should also mention that Etihad Guest is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Capital One, so for those with access to credit cards in the United States, there are other useful ways to accrue these miles.

American Express® Gold Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • 4x points at restaurants
  • 4x points at U.S. supermarkets, on up to $25,000 in purchases annually
  • 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com
  • $250
American Express® Business Gold Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 4x Membership Rewards points on airfare purchased directly from airlines
  • Access to Amex Offers
  • Redeem Amex Points Towards Airfare
  • $295
The Platinum Card® from American Express
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 5x points on flights purchased directly from airlines or through Amex Travel (up to $500k/year)
  • $200 Annual Uber Credit
  • Amex Centurion Lounge Access
  • $695
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 1.5x on purchases of $5,000 or more in a single transaction up to 1MM bonus points per year
  • Redeem Points For Over 1.5 Cents Each Towards Airfare
  • Amex Centurion Lounge Access
  • $595
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • 2x points on purchases up to $50k then 1x
  • Access to Amex Offers
  • No annual fee
Citi Premier® Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 3x Points on Airfare
  • Earn 3x Points on Hotels
  • Earn 3x Points at Restaurants
  • $95

But for those who don’t have access to lucrative credit cards and/or who would rather pay 1.25 cents per mile than transfer points, buying Etihad Guest miles could represent a great deal.

Bottom line

Etihad Guest is selling miles with a 60% bonus, which translates to a cost of 1.25 cents per mile. That has the potential to be an excellent deal, though personally I still wouldn’t buy miles without a specific use in mind.

Does anyone plan on buying Etihad miles with this offer?

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  1. embpilot

    First off, these miles have a rolling 18 month expiration date which can be reset by earning, spending or buying any amount of miles and keeps that validity for another 18 months!

    Second, @lucky the bonus is not active and does not show during the purchase process. Maybe this was an offer Etihad only gave to you?

  2. C. Weston

    I would do it in a heartbeat if there was a way to preserve the miles, They expire in 2 years without a way to extend them.

  3. Stan P

    What would be the reason for not getting bonus miles ? Zero balance or there is another specific requirement for eligibility for getting the bonus ?

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embpilot

First off, these miles have a rolling 18 month expiration date which can be reset by earning, spending or buying any amount of miles and keeps that validity for another 18 months! Second, @lucky the bonus is not active and does not show during the purchase process. Maybe this was an offer Etihad only gave to you?

C. Weston

I would do it in a heartbeat if there was a way to preserve the miles, They expire in 2 years without a way to extend them.

Stan P

What would be the reason for not getting bonus miles ? Zero balance or there is another specific requirement for eligibility for getting the bonus ?

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