Tuesday - Oct 23, 2018

How to find award availability on Etihad Airways?


Etihad Airways is one of the preferred carrier to fly from/to India. Award space is pretty reliable for travel from/to USA and I have seen instances where there are as many as 4 business class awards on a flight.

Etihad has one of the best fleet

Etihad has one of the best fleet

 

Etihad Airways is a partner with American Airlines. You can redeem AAdvantage miles for travel with Etihad Airways.

Some of the benefits with Etihad Airways

  • Preclearance when travelling to USA
  • Fleet includes some the most advanced Aircraft available in the market – A380 & B787
  • Complimentary Chauffer service for Business class and First Class passengers (Even award tickets)

 

How to find award space?

Award space with Etihad Airways can be found online and you do not need to have an account with Etihad Guest.

Step 1: Follow this link and enter the origin and destination

 

Enter your origin and destination and class of travel

Enter your origin and destination and class of travel

 

Step 2: Find the availability

 

Look for "Guest Seat"

Look for “Guest Seat” to be able to redeem AAdvantage miles

 

If you are planning to book with Etihad Guest miles, you can find more awards at different levels of redemption. In the above example, you only have 1 Guest Seat, but 4 Open seats that can be redeemed with more Etihad Guest miles.

But for redemptions with AAdvantage miles, ignore the miles and prices shown in the Etihad website as American Airlines  uses a different zone based award chart (See below)

 

AAdvantage award chart

AAdvantage award chart: Need 67.5K miles for a one-way business class award from “Indian Subcontinent to North America”

 

You are only able to redeem AAdvantage miles for “Guest seats” with Etihad Airways, and these awards cannot be booked online. Starting Feb-03-2015, American has eliminated the phone booking fees for awards that cannot be booked online. you may pay around $50-60 towards taxes and fees

Redeeming AAdvantage miles for Business Class awards gives you best chance

Redeeming AAdvantage miles for Business Class awards gives you best chance

 

Etihad Airways awards can be booked with AAdvantage miles (American). You can book an award to any location Etihad operates using AAdvantage miles (Need not be from/to USA). Once you confirm that there is “Guest Seat” availability for a specific award, you can call AAdvantage at 800-882-8880 and book the ticket.

  • Note that AAdvantage can also search the availability, but it would be efficient if you know the date upfront
  • AAdvantage will let you hold an award for 5 days (free of cost). This is a great feature to finalize your plan
  • AAdvantage lets you change the date without any fee as along as origin and destination does not change

 

Right now, there are two great credit card offers to earn up to 100,000 AAdvantage miles.

Citi/ AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard

  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 or more in eligible purchases.
  • No Annual fee for the first 12 months, then $95 and many more..

US Airways Premier World MasterCard

  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles after first purchase and payment of $89 Annual fee (not waived for first year)
  • No Foreign transaction fee
  • Companion certificate

Conclusion:

Redeeming AAdvantage miles for Business/First class award tickets with Etihad Airways is one of the great ways to travel from/to India. You just need 67,500 miles for a one way business class award from India to USA.

If you hold Citi/ AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard, you also get back 10% of the redeemed miles (up to 10,000 miles)

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