We recently discussed about American Express adding Etihad Guest as a transfer partner. Through 06/15/2016, You can get 30% bonus miles when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest.
You can transfer in multiples of 1,000 Points and you will receive 1,300 points for every 1,000 MR points.
Is this is a good deal?
You can redeem Etihad Guest miles for award tickets on American Airlines. If you are planning to redeeming AA miles for domestic travel or international travel on AA metal, you can instead use Etihad guest miles and rather save the AA miles for redemption’s on Partner airlines (Cathay Pacific, Qatar etc..)
Etihad charges the same number of miles as American award chart, however you need to book them over phone. with this promotion, you are paying 30% less.
Here is an example, if you would like to redeem Etihad guest miles for traveling to India on Etihad metal. You are looking at about 150K miles for a one way first class award ticket to Mumbai plus $327.90 in taxes/fees.
With the 30% bonus miles promotion, you only need 116K Membership reward points. For the same itinerary, American Airlines would charge you 115,000 AAdvantage miles.
The only drawback is the taxes+fees, but you are having a great chance of indirectly redeeming Membership Reward points as AA miles.
Etihad also lets you pool miles with the Family membership, so you can consolidate all your Membership Reward points to one Etihad guest account and redeem for something big.
Through 06/15/2016, You can get 30% transfer bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Reward points to Etihad Guest.
Etihad Guest is an useful program with a decent redemption chart, you can use Etihad guest miles for redeeming awards on AA metal. You can also pool miles with a family membership.
Etihad Guest program is also great for short haul travel on Etihad. Note that, Etihad Guest miles expire after 3 years of acquiring.
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