If you’re going to travel on this amazing fare to Abu Dhabi, India, Africa or Asia you may wonder whom to credit the flight miles to?
The key thing to know is that this deal has been booking into E class. Knowing the fare basis of your ticket will tell you what kind of miles you’ll earn with each of the possible programs you’d credit miles to.
Etihad is a frequent flyer partner of American AAdvantage. However, Etihad’s flights between the US and Abu Dhabi do not earn miles with American. (They do if it’s an American Airlines codeshare, but that’s not available with this deal.)
Flights beyond Abu Dhabi — say, Abu Dhabi – Johannesburg that some folks booked — do earn miles with American. For those flights you’ll earn 100% flown miles.
My recommendation is to credit miles for travel between Abu Dhabi and other destinations to American, but of course you don’t want to credit US – Abu Dhabi flights to American because those won’t earn miles.
ANA Mileage Club
E class tickets will earn 50% of flown mileage. This is an option for your US-Abu Dhabi flights. In fact for many people that are just flying to the UAE and back it will be my suggestion.
ANA is also a great American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner. So you won’t strand your miles, if you have Amex points you can add to your stash and use them for an award.
ANA miles expire after three years, however.
Korean Air Skypass
Some will want to credit their Etihad flights to Korean Air Skypass because points transfers from Chase to Korean should return next month.
That way they can top off a Korean account with miles from this trip and from available Chase points.
The problem is that the ‘E’ booking class on Etihad no longer earns miles in the Skypass program.
Etihad will award 50% flown miles on these fares. A simple New York JFK – Abu Dhabi roundtrip will earn 6867 miles with Etihad Guest.
Etihad is a Citi Thank You Points transfer partner so you can use points in that program to top off, if you wish. These points can be used, for instance, for Philippine Airlines business class between the US and Southeast Asia.
Etihad also has one of the most extensive miles-for-merchandise programs in the world. Less than 5000 miles can get you a wallet.
The Rest of Etihad’s Partners
Etihad also partners with:
- Air New Zealand
- Bangkok Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Czech Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hainan Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Oman Air
- Philippine Airlines
- Royal Air Maroc
- South African Airlines
- SriLankan Airlines
- Ukraine International Airlines
- Virgin Australia
Accrual rules will vary with each carrier.