At the moment you can earn bonus status miles when you transfer points to Etihad Guest from partner programs.
Earn up to 20K Etihad elite miles for transferring points
Between July 15 and August 30, 2020, Etihad Guest is offering one Etihad Guest elite qualifying mile for every mile transfered to the program:
- You must transfer at least 5,000 miles to be eligible for this promotion
- You are capped at earning 20,000 status miles through this promotion
- Once miles are transferred, the transaction can’t be reversed
- Elite miles will post to accounts within 10 business days of August 30, 2020
- Validity for this promotion is determined based on the date of the transfer provided by the partner program
- You can’t combine this with any other transfer offer
Etihad is offering status miles when you transfer points
Which transfer partners are eligible?
Points transferred from the following programs are eligible for this promotion:
Accor Limitless, Hilton, IHG, Radisson, Hyatt, Marriott, Shangri La, Joyalukkas, Smiles (Etisalat), AIMIA (Air Miles/My Reward Points), AMEX Membership Rewards, Hana Bank in Korea, Capital One in USA, Barclays in USA, Livelo in Brazil, Inbursa in Mexico, CITIC Bank in China, Ping An Wan li tong in China, SPDB in China, ICBC in China, Jing Dong coin in China, Cathay United Bank in Taiwan, Krungthai Card in Thailand, Commonwealth Bank in Australia, Standard Chartered Bahrain, UAE and Singapore, Citibank Global, ADCB Touchpoints, Al Hilal Bank (Joud points), Emirates Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD, FAB Stars, HSBC, National Commercial Bank
As you can see, quite a few partners are included, like major hotel programs, Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, etc. Do note some of the location specific restrictions for financial institutions.
Points transfers from Amex qualify for this promotion
Is this Etihad Guest promotion worth it?
For context, Etihad Guest has three elite tiers:
- Etihad Guest Silver requires 25,000 elite miles per year
- Etihad Guest Gold requires 50,000 elite miles per year
- Etihad Guest Platinum requires 125,000 elite miles per year
With this promotion you could potentially earn 20,000 elite miles, so that would get you 80% of the way to entry level status. The catch, however, is that Etihad Guest Silver status isn’t worth all that much.
Would I bother transferring miles to Etihad if I didn’t otherwise have status? Absolutely not. But if I were an Etihad frequent flyer and this could help me reach the next elite tier, then it definitely could make sense.
Etihad Platinum members get first class lounge access
Etihad Guest is offering one bonus elite mile for every mile you transfer to the program from select partners. In other words, transferring 20K Amex points to Etihad would earn you 20K elite miles, getting you 80% of the way to Silver status.
Personally I wouldn’t take advantage of this promotion if I weren’t otherwise loyal to Etihad, but if this could help you earn status, or reach a higher tier, it could be worthwhile.
Anyone plan to take advantage of this Etihad Guest promotion?
(Tip of the hat to Head for Points)