All Mommy Miles and Points Bloggers Need to Start Flying Etihad, Stat!

Etihad has introduced onboard nanny services.

We are delighted to announce the introduction of our Flying Nanny on all long-haul flights, a dedicated childcare assistance programme offered onboard and on the ground to provide families with an extra helping hand when travelling with children.

All Etihad Flying Nannies are cabin crew members who have received additional training from Norland College, the world leader in training childcare professionals.

Our Flying Nanny, dressed in a distinguishable bright orange apron, will:

  • Begin assisting you right from the boarding gate, all the way until you and your family are comfortably seated on the plane
  • Help onboard with the preparation of bassinets for babies
  • Look after unaccompanied minors
  • Keep children entertained while you’re enjoying a nap, in-flight meal or entertainment

Now with our Flying Nanny onboard, you can rest assured that help is available when travelling with children on all long-haul flights.

For more information on Etihad’s family friendly offerings, visit

Etihad, of course, also has an onboard chef concept in first class. It just underscores for me how much a properly staffed contingent of flight attendants can do to make a journey more comfortable. They aren’t there merely “primarily for your safety” though of course they are there for your safety, too. (And the great work of the flight attendants onboard Asiana 214 on the ground in San Francisco suggests I think that it is possible to do both.)

Etihad has a redemption partnership with American AAdvantage. 50,000 miles or a Citibank AAdvantage credit card goes a long way towards the 67,500 miles each way that American charges for business class to the Middle East and India.

American Express Membership Rewards points holders will want to know that Etihad partners with Amex transfer All Nippon. Folks with Chase Ultimate Rewards balances will want to know that Etihad partners with Korean Air.

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  1. In your opinion which Etihad redemption is more economical and or easily available: ANA or korean Air? A side by side comparison will be very helpful please.

  2. @caveman – Of the three, AA is the only one that won’t charge YQ, so you should consider that first. But if you had to choose between NH and KE, definitely go with NH. On a roundtrip award in F between North America and the Middle East, you’ll pay 140-160k miles with NH versus 210k with KE.

  3. What is the best way to get first class on Ethiad? I have points with both AA and MR but being a *A flyer I am not familar with the programs. Thanks for any insights.

  4. Actually, since Etihad fares are not filed with fuel surcharges none of the airline mileage programs should add fuel surcharges onto Etihad awards. Which works out best depends on the specific route you’re flying and whether you need to have multiple airlines in the intinerary. All three airlines charge infant fares.

  5. Can someone point out a link/thread on how to redeem AA miles for a one-way economy fare on Etihad? Much appreciated.

  6. @Gary – That’s not correct. NH and KE both impose fuel surcharges on Etihad awards. I speak from experience. Etihad doesn’t use YQ to identify the fuel surcharge in the fare construction. They simply add it to the cost of the ticket. How that data is communicated to partner airlines is beyond me, but the fact is that NH and KE charge huge sums for fuel on Etihad awards.

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