Etihad Awards Now Bookable With American Miles

by on October 22, 2011 · 18 comments

in American, Etihad

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

I know many TPG readers have amassed nice sums of AA miles through the many Citi deals and I suspect many more will be accrued as we approach December 1, which is the last day to accrue miles from non-flying methods for Million Miler qualification.

That said, this week AA announced that you can now use your AA miles for flights on Etihad Airways. If you aren’t aware, Etihad is a United Arab Emirates carrier that is known for 5 star service – especially in first class.

Flat bed suites

Just a little step up from American First class

While this redemption option isn’t for everyone, it’s a new option nonetheless and a great gateway to exotic destination like the Maldives and Seychelles.

Etihad flies to the following destinations – I’ve bolded the ones that are on my short list of destinations. AA is not currently charging fuel surcharges, so this is a great alternative to British Airways if you are trying to go to the Middle East/Africa.

Ben at One Mile at a Time does a great job describing how to search award availability, so check that out for more information.

North American Gateways: Chicago, New York, Toronto

Destinations: Alexandria, Almaty, Amman, Astana, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Bengaluru, Brisbane, Brussels, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago, Chittagong, Colombo, Damascus, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dublin, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lahore, Larnaca, London Heathrow, Male, Manchester, Manila, Melbourne, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nagoya, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Peshawar, Riyadh, Seoul, Seychelles, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tehran, Thiruvananthapuram, Tokyo, Toronto.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Previous post:

Next post:

  • Michael

    Great news! Can u fly from lax-Cape Town on them in biz or do u need to make a positioning run
    ? And how many miles do u need?

  • Anonymous

    How many miles do they require to fly to those destinations… for instance to New Delhi or Kathmandu.. how many would you need to redeem?

  • Mqs

    Any idea what the European gateways are? Eg can you do ORD-LHR or ORD-CDG? (or JFK).

    I can’t seem to find their connecting information or hub airport from north America online.

  • Mqs

    To answer my own question looks like
    Abu Dhabi

    From JFK or ORD

  • Jon

    So is there way to book on Etihad with BA miles (soon to be Avios)? Big thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, if we use Etihad to fly US-India (since AA requires these to over the Atlantic, so CX/JL are out), would one pay a higher rate since it transits the Middle East?

  • PanAm

    You’ll have to book two awards in that case, as AA won’t allow NA–>Africa via Middle East (or generally any 3rd region)

  • Anonymous

    Most USA -> S. Africa flights go via London

  • Kevincure

    Two awards, I’m afraid. This also means that Etihad is not a good option for the Seychelles – use it for India (same region as middle east) or Maldives.

  • Jenny

    How many AA miles does it take to fly Etihad 1st class from the U.S. to Maldives? Thanks.

  • Hwtj

    no. middle east and india are considered the same zone.

  • Anonymous

    I just booked a one way on Etihad from JFK to DEL in Business Class using 67,500 miles and 30 in tax/fees.

  • Anonymous

    67,500 to india and $5 in tax

  • Antonio

    I flu last april using Etihad Business Class from AUX to Miami, via JFK and ORD on the way back; I used AA codeshare. It was at a fantastic price and the service is outstanding, including the Six Senses SPA treatment at Etihad Lounge plus the limo driver picking you up at the hotel. Totally recommended

  • Chris

    I need the opposite; I’d like to use my Etihad miles on another carrier, is that possible?

  • Chris

    I need the opposite; I’d like to use my Etihad miles on another carrier, is that possible?

  • Pingback: Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products | The Points Guy()

  • Robert Bixby

    How many miles would this require?
    If it forced to two awards, how would they break down.

    It may not be perfect, but it may be better than paying 75,000 – 150,000 miles AND the $1,000.00 in fees to fly through London.
    Thanks in advance!!!

Print This Page