How to book Etihad

By Chris Chamberlin, July 17 2015
How to book Etihad

With a return ticket price of $87,000 between Sydney and London, The Residence on Etihad’s Airbus A380s is generally off-limits to travellers redeeming their frequent flyer points rather than spending their cold hard cash.

However, if you’ve notched up millions of Etihad Guest miles – 3,719,101 miles to be precise – you’re in with a fighting chance, at least for a one-way fare:

For the full return journey, prepare to part with 7,438,202 Etihad Guest miles and just under $500 in taxes and fees, delivering around 1.16c of value from each mile redeemed.

From flying alone, you’d need to take a whopping 263 return business class trips to London on mid-priced fares to accrue as many miles, or a still-high 137 return trips in first class on the most common ticket types.

However they’re earned, those seven-odd million miles could instead deliver 17 return first class jaunts under the new Etihad Guest award rates.

As one final hurdle, each individual Etihad Guest mile in your account expires roughly two years after it was originally earned for base-level members, meaning you’d need to be pulling in almost two million miles per year to book even a one-way fare before those points vanish.

The expiry window is extended by an additional six months for Silver cardholders and an extra year for Gold and Platinum members, but for all but the highest of high flyers, a sojourn in The Residence will remain but a dream.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Dec 2014

Total posts 286

Gosh, wish I could afford that!

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 May 2011

Total posts 27

This seems to  work out at really low redemption value of 1.17 cents per FFP.

QF Platinum

24 Jan 2013

Total posts 141

First apartment already a really good product. I'd take up the 17 return first class journeys over the single residence trip any day. 

21 Sep 2012

Total posts 16

Maybe a silly question but can the residence be booked withAA Miles?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

You wish.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

Total posts 249

Probably never - they'll just have it exlusive to Eithad flyers. 


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