Etihad Guest is the frequent flyer program of the Etihad Airlines. You can be an Etihad Guest by simply filling out the registration form.
Earning the Miles:
You will be earning the Etihad Guest Miles (EGMs) every time you fly with Etihad or its partner airlines or spend with the non-airline partners. The non-airline partners are hotels, financial companies, car rental companies, Co branded cards, shopping, leisure and lifestyle companies, telecom companies, promotional activities and through the Earn Shop and the Earn Mall avenues. EGMs earned depend on cabin and fare class traveled. Earning ratio is the number of EGMs earned per 100 miles flown.
For Coral Economy class passengers, this earning ratio will be 50, 75 and 100% depending on whether fare class traveled is E, U, V, L, Q or M, K or H, B, Y respectively. Similarly, Pearl business class passengers will have earning ratio of 130 and 175% depending upon fare class of W,D or C, J. Diamond First Class traveler get to earn the ratio of 180 and 250% for fare classes of R and A,F respectively.
It shall further be noted that the Silver, Gold and Gold Elite Tier Members also get an additional Tier bonus of 25%, 50% and 75% on total distance flown. Pearl Business Class and Diamond First Class travelers get 50% and 100% cabin bonus on total distance of flight respectively as well.
The difference between the Tier Bonus and the Guest Miles earned is that the former are counted only towards determining the level of membership and these have nothing to do with the rewards, which are based exclusively on Guest Miles.
Preferred Airline Partners are airBerlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional.
Other Airline partners are Air New Zealand, Alitalia, ANA, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airline, Czech Airlines, FlyBe, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airways, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ukranian International Airlines and Virgin Australia.
Hotel partners are Accor, Atlantis the Palm Dubai, Constance hotels and resorts, Cristal hotels and resorts, Danat hotels and resorts, Fairmont Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt hotels and resorts, InterContinental hotels, Jumeirah, Mandarin hotels and resorts, Maritim Hotels and resorts, Marriott Vacation Club International, Merrion Dublin, Millennium and Copthorne hotels, OnetoOne hotels, PointsHound, One&Only, Radisson Blu, Preferred Hotel group, Raffles, RocketMiles, Rotana, Shangri-La, Swiss-Belhotel International, Swissotel, Starwood, Taj Group, Viceroy and Vision hotels.
Financial Partners of Itihad are Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abh Dhabi Islamic Bank, AMEX-membership rewards, AMEX-Saudi Arabia, Citibank, Etihad Guest Credit Card Account, HSBC, NBAD, Al Wathba National Insurance and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance.
Car partners include AVIS, Europcar, Hertz, National and Alamo, and Sixt.
Besides these, a number of other companies in industry verticals of shopping, leisure and lifestyle and telecom are the partners of Etihad for the purpose of earning and/or redeeming the Guest Miles.
Spending the Miles:
The Guest Miles earned can be utilised for reward flights, reward shops, Google Glass, Points Pay, excess baggage and donations.
Etihad ties up with Rev Worldwide and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank to offer reloadable Etihad Guest card. The main attraction of the card is 'walletplus' feature which will permit members to earn 1 Guest mile for every 2 USD spent in UAE and for every 2 USD spent elsewhere. It will also allow users to use it globally at 2.1 million ATMs where VISA card is accepted. Another feature that has been introduced for the first time is that facility of locking in the exchange rate is provided for transfering funds to a foreign currency wallet. The funds in walletplus can be converted into 11 currencies. It is also a smartphone friendly application. Further, the funds in the wallet are totally secure.
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