With Etihad flying their flagship A380 and 787 aircraft to many Australian cities, Etihad Guest is a worthwhile program to consider for those frequently travelling internationally. Generally one of the downsides of focusing on overseas airline programs is the lack of local points/miles earning opportunities. Fortunately for Etihad Guest members, there is a solid range of partners from credit cards to accommodation providers who offer miles earning opportunities for Australian based customers.
- American Express
- Radisson Blu
I have flown several times with Etihad and really enjoy their cabins and onboard service however I haven’t invested much time in Etihad Guest, instead preferring to credit my flights to Velocity Frequent Flyer. The downside to focusing on Velocity when flying with Etihad is that Velocity points cannot be used to upgrade from economy to business, or business to first. Generally I prefer to spend my points or miles on outright award redemptions, however for some flights, using points for upgrades can make good sense and offer good value.