Etihad has updated its award chart (without any notice) for award tickets with Jet Airways. Per the earlier chart, you could get a one way domestic ticket in India for as low as 601 Etihad Guest Miles. Per the new chart, you need at least 4,550 miles for an award ticket.
As expected, all the redemptions in economy class need more miles exponentially. Now it is a tiered award chart (Certain number of miles up to a certain distance) as opposed to the old chart which is purely based on the distance between that route.
Are there any positives?
Per the old chart, the number of miles needed for a domestic business class award is twice the number of miles needed for an economy award.
Per the new chart, you need only 2,000 miles over the number of miles needed for economy redemptions. So in some instances, business class redemptions are cheaper per the new award chart.
It would have been great, if the same logic has been applied to International awards. But, business class redemptions on International routes required twice the number of miles needed for an economy award.
Here are couple of examples:
Old Award Chart: New Delhi to Port Blair – 23,808 Etihad Guest miles for a one way Business Class award
New Award Chart: New Delhi to Port Blair – 16,55 Etihad guest miles for a one way business class award.
Old Award Chart: Ahmedabad to Kolkata – 15,523 Etihad Guest miles for a one way Business Class award.
New Award Chart: Ahmedabad to Kolkata – 13,550 Etihad Guest miles for a one way Business Class award
How earn Etihad Guest miles?
Etihad Guest is a transfer partner with Citi ThankYou rewards. You can transfer Citi ThankYou points at 1:1 ratio to Etihad Guest program. You can only transfer if you have Citi ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige card.
Citi ThankYou Premier: Earn 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. Annual fee $95 – Waived for the first year
Citi Prestige: Earn 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. Annual fee $450 – Not waived for the first year
Citi ThankYou Preferred: Earn 20,000 ThankYou points after spending $1,500 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer points earned from this card only if you have a Citi ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige
Points earned from Citi banking relationship cannot be transferred.
American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit card: You can earn 25,000 Starpoints after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer Starpoints to Etihadguest at a 1:1 ratio and you also get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.
Is it a good idea to transfer ThankYou points to Etihad Guest?
I would not recommend transferring Citi ThankYou points to Etihad Guest for redeeming with Jet Airways, as you may be able buy a revenue ticket for the same ThankYou points when booking through the ThankYou portal and you will not pay taxes (INR 600 – INR 2,500)
Etihad has made changes to the award chart for redeeming Etihad guest miles on Jet Airways. Earlier you could get an award seat starting as low as 601 miles, where as you now need a minimum of 4,550 miles after the change. This can have a huge impact if you are accumulating Etihad guest miles for redeeming on Jet Airways.
The only positive change is the lesser number of miles needed for some domestic business class awards. I would not recommend transferring ThankYou points to Etihad guest for Jet Airways award flights.
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