Earn Status Miles When You Transfer To Etihad Guest

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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

Bottom line

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)

  1. How long does the status last? If is just for this year, and considering traveling is very restricted god know for how much longer, it might not be worthwhile to bump fir next tier..

  2. Thanks for the info. I am an expat in the gulf, currently lacking about 6k miles to reach silver status. I guess etihad silver benefits are not that great (but extra luggage are def. useful when flying in eco) but based on my past experience, there is a good possibility (even more likely, this year) it can be matched to Gulf or Oman air ‘s silver status which does offer lounge access in BAH or MCT.

  3. With EY just joining with Aeroplan it starts to become much more interesting. Without Covid I would be jumping on an AC flight to YYZ/YUL and thence onward to the Maldives.

    The unknown is the upgrade status. If I book an aeroplan flight in Business to MLE, which only has F on the YUL/YYZ-AUH leg, can EY miles be used to upgrade to F on that leg?

    With Aeroplan you pay for F for the entire flight, no matter the distance flown in J. I had booked a reward flight YLW-YUL-YYZ-ZUR-LHR-AUH-MLE with only LHR-AUH in F but still paid the full Aeroplan F points. When EY pulled the 380 off the London leg I immediately cancelled as they would not adjust the miles even though F was no longer in the picture.

    I am assuming that the answer is no – but one could always hope.

  4. I’ve been wondering how to find availability for booking AA flights with Etihad miles. Did Web Special replace SAAver awards? Is just calling Etihad the best route or is there a way to check before hand? Thanks!

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