Experiencing Etihad’s A380 Residence at the Milan Expo

During his May trip to the Milan Expo — this year’s version of the World’s Fair, held in Milan, Italy — TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan got to do the next-best thing to flying in the Etihad Residence: He walked through a complete replica. (All photos below are by the author.) I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some pretty…

Hanging Out with Alitalia and Etihad at the Milan Expo

Expo is shorthand for “World’s Exposition,” the more recent incarnation of the World’s Fair. TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan recently visited this year’s Expo, held in Milan, Italy — here’s his experience from the Alitalia and Etihad Airways pavilion. One of the highlights of the Milan Expo is the Alitalia and Etihad Airways pavilion, which featured all sorts…

Etihad Guest Changing Award Prices, Availability and More

Etihad Airways captured the imaginations of award travelers everywhere last year when it announced the launch of its A380 Residence, and the airline won even more hearts this past winter when it decided to honor one of the best mistake fares we’ve seen recently. Etihad may now be cashing in some of that goodwill after recently announcing some changes to the Etihad Guest…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi…

Etihad 4x Miles, Hilton SE Asia Sale, Southwest New Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Choice Hotels Stays You can earn up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at Cambria Hotels and Suites and 750 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at other participating Choice hotels through June 15,…

Flight Review: Etihad Diamond First, Tokyo-Abu Dhabi

Well-traveled TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shares his experience of snagging a mistake fare and flying to/from Tokyo Narita and Abu Dhabi—with his baby in tow.  Etihad, one of the so-called “Big 3″ carriers in the Middle East, has been in the news quite a bit lately. Its innovative A380 has taken in-flight luxury to the next…

Etihad Will Only Serve Elite Customers with New Twitter Account

Looking to bolster its customer service on Twitter, Etihad just launched an invitation-only account for elite members. The @EtihadPremium handle will offer five-minute response times to customer queries, as well as help with retroactive mileage claims and access to exclusive deals. According to a thread on FlyerTalk, Etihad Guest Gold members can request access to…

Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards with Etihad Guest

Citi ThankYou Rewards has stepped up over the past year by introducing new benefits to the program’s credit cards and improving its array of airline transfer partners. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at award opportunities on one of those partners to see what kind of value it offers. Citi recently released some great new offers for cards in the…

Which Airline Has Your Favorite In-Flight Meal Service?

TPG reader Michael tweeted me to ask about in-flight dining: @thepointsguy– “You love to hate on American’s first class meals, so which airline has your favorite meals?” If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of the nasty food pictures I’ve uploaded during my travels. No meal in the sky can really be expected to equal…

Citi ThankYou Rewards 25% Transfer Bonus To Etihad Guest Miles

Last July, Citi dramatically improved its ThankYou Rewards points program by adding a number of new airline transfer partners, including Etihad Guest Rewards. ThankYou points normally transfer at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000, so 1,000 ThankYou points = 1,000 Etihad Guest miles. However, Etihad is currently offering a 25% bonus on miles when…