My friend Rob at HeadforPoints has highlighted possibly the best air mile deal on any credit card in the UK. Etihad has now launched a promotion where you will receive 25,000 Etihad Guest miles if you take out the cards (free) and spend a £2,000 GBP within 90 days. This target can be achieved through a combination of Visa and Amex spend.
The card has a representative APR of 18.9% variable and you receive the standard 5,000 miles for your first purchase within 30 days. You receive an additional 20,000 miles for spending £2,000 GBP within 90 days. 25,000 Etihad Guest miles will get you a long way towards a one-way premium redemption. They are partners with American Express Membership Rewards, so you can top up your account via them at 1:1.
A one-way Economy ticket from Heathrow to/from Abu Dhabi is 31,071 miles.
Business is 44,107 miles one-way.
First is 55,357 miles one-way
Business Class and First Class redemptions come with free chauffeur transfers in Abu Dhabi (they will take you to Dubai if you want) and at 25 of their other outstations, including London.
Etihad does not charge fuel surcharges – a one-way ticket from Abu Dhabi to the UK costs around £15 GBP. Tickets from the UK cost more due to Air Passenger Duty but it is under £200 GBP.
Etihad is a partner with airberlin, although the redemption rates are higher than if you use Avios on airberlin.
Etihad is also a redemption partner with Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional. You should soon be able to redeem on Jet (India) and Air Serbia as part of the new Etihad Airways Partners alliance.
The miles will expire after two years – this will happen even if you have further activity on your account.
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