Etihad Airways' frequent flyers may be grounded, but their precious Tier Miles will continue to pile up over the coming months and ensure the retain their status in the Etihad Guest rewards program.
Between March and June, Etihad will issue free Tiler Miles to Silver, Gold and Platinum members based on " a monthly average of miles members earn flying with Etihad Airways and are required to maintain their existing Tier."
Guest Silver members report seeing 1,500 Tier Miles slide into their account every month, with Guest Golds garnering 3,000 Tier Miles and Guest Platinums pocketing 8,000 Tier Miles.
(Those amounts are in fact slightly off the 12 monthly targets to retain status – which sit at 20,000 Tier Miles for Silver, 40,000 Tier Miles for Gold and 100,000 Tier Miles for Platinum.)
The bonus Tier Miles will be automatically credited into every status member's account by the last day of each month, beginning March 31, and will continue to May 31, with Etihad allowing that an extension of the scheme "will be considered" depending on how the situation with COVID-19 flight cancellations plays out.
Members will receive only Tier Miles which contribute towards status, not Guest Miles which can be used for reward seats and upgrades
As a fillup for when its frequent flyers do start flying again, Etihad is also offering double Tier Miles on every flight up until June 30, 2020.