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:
- You can redeem just 44,000 Etihad Guest miles for a one-way one segment business class ticket anywhere Royal Air Maroc flies; unfortunately this isn’t quite as useful as it used to be, as you’re now limited to one segment, and can’t have a connecting itinerary
- There are some solid redemption values for travel on Etihad flights, though Etihad Guest has a roughly distance based award chart where the cost varies based on the exact city pair; it’s a shame that Etihad Airways will be retiring its A380s, which feature the carrier’s best first class product
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.
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.
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?