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Etihad launched a lucrative promotion recently where flyers can earn 25,000 miles per roundtrip ticket booked and flown on the airline in any class of service up to a maximum total of 50,000 miles.

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Per the promo page you must book your ticket on etihad.com before February 15 to any destination in any cabin and you will earn 25,000 Etihad Guest Miles. Select destinations in Coral Economy class will also earn double Etihad Guest Miles as well, and members can also earn triple miles for travel in Diamond First or Pearl Business Class until March 31, 2014.

To participate in this promotion, you should be an Etihad Guest member based in the UAE and your travel should originate from Abu Dhabi. Enter your Etihad Guest membership number at the time of booking to receive the bonus miles.

So while it says you must be based in the UAE, you actually just need a UAE address in your Etihad Guest account in order to qualify. The promo also says your travel should originate in Abu Dhabi, but that doesn’t sound like an absolute requirement. However, you might not want to chance it.

The example the promo gives is pretty compelling: when you travel between Abu Dhabi and Paris on a return ticket in Coral Economy Class, you will earn up to 38,004 miles (6,502 regular miles + 6,502 bonus miles + 25,000 online booking bonus).

The offer is only valid for tickets booked on etihad.com between February 4-15, 2014 and Etihad Guest members will earn a maximum of 50,000 miles irrespective of the number of tickets booked.  And don’t forget to quote your Etihad Guest membership number at the time of booking or you won’t earn the bonus miles. Only roundtrip tickets will count, and any tickets that are cancelled will have the bonus miles revoked as well.

What’s compelling about this bonus is that it can pretty much be for any roundtrip ticket in any class, so you could literally just do short, cheap hops around the middle east from Abu Dhabi – like to Dubai or Doha – and earn 50,000 miles relatively quickly. The only thing is, while 50,000 seems like a big number, in terms of Etihad’s mileage redemptions, it’s not actually. For example, it takes about 125,000 miles for a roundtrip economy award from JFK to Abu Dhabi, and over 175,000 miles in business class, so those 50,000 miles won’t get you very far.

Still if you have plans to fly the airline, you might as well score what could be a pretty lucrative bonus – especially considering most economy fares only earn 50% mileage anyway.

See our post on the Basics of the Etihad Guest Programme for more info.

Hat tip Mighty Travels

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