Score lie-flat transcontinental business class for $350 with Etihad buy-miles promo

Dec 27, 2019

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A mileage program that constantly flies under the radar is the Etihad Guest Program — it’s got great award charts for many of its partner airlines like American, ANA and Virgin Australia. And while it can sometimes be a lengthy process to book an award flight, it can definitely be worth the hassle considering its great rates.

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That means that this latest Etihad buy-miles promotion could be your chance to score incredibly cheap business- and first-class awards. Through Dec. 31, the program is running a promotion where you can earn up to a 30% discount when purchasing at least 6,000 miles. Here’s how this deal breaks down:

Buy or Gift Discount
Buy 1,000 — 5,000 miles No discount or bonus
Buy 6,000 — 20,000 miles 10% discount
Buy 21,000 — 40,000 miles 20% discount
Buy 41,000 — 60,000 miles 30% discount

TPG values Etihad miles at 1.4 cents each — which is about average when it comes to airline miles. At standard rates, you’d have to pay 2.0 cents each per Etihad mile. But if you can maximize this promotion by purchasing at least 41,000 miles to receive the 30% discount, you could be snagging miles for 1.4 cents apiece.

By purchasing the maximum 100,000 Etihad miles with the 30% discount, you’d net 100,000 miles for just $1,400. And there are no taxes or processing fees added to that cost.

If that’s still too expensive for you, Etihad Guest partners with both Citi ThankYou Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards, where you can transfer points into the program at a 1:1 ratio.

Currently, The Platinum Card® from American Express is offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first three months. This card comes with a $550 per year annual fee (see rates and fees), but TPG argues that the benefits far outweigh this cost. Also, note that you may even be able to snag a targeted bonus of up to 100,000 points through the CardMatch Tool (offer subject to change at any time).

You can also transfer Capital One Miles to Etihad at a 2:1.5 ratio from cards like the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card or the Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business.

Related: Best ways to maximize Capital One miles

But buying miles at this low of a price can lead to some great redemptions in premium cabins that will get you your money back and a whole lot more. Let’s take a look at what you can book with this discount offer.

One-way transcontinental flight on American’s A321T in business for 25,000 miles

Cost: $400 for buying 25,000 miles — or $350 at the maximized 1.4 cents per mile rate

(Photo by Daryl Chua/The Points Guy.)

One-way to Casablanca, Morocco in Royal Air Maroc business class for 44,000 miles

Cost: $616 for buying 44,000 miles at the maximized 1.4 cents per mile rate

(Photo by Brendan Dorsey/The Points Guy.)

One-way to Europe, Japan or Korea in American Airlines business class for 50,000 miles

Cost: $700 for buying 50,000 miles at the maximized 1.4 cents per mile rate

(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.)

West Coast to Japan in ANA business class for 54,000 miles

Cost: $756 for buying 54,000 miles at the maximized 1.4 cents per mile rate
Routes: From Seattle (SEA), slightly more from other West Coast cities

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.)

West Coast to Korea in Asiana business class for 59,000 miles

Cost: $826 for buying 59,000 miles at the maximized 1.4 cents per mile rate

(Photo by Alex Macheras/The Points Guy.)

For additional tips, check out our guide on maximizing Etihad Guest Miles, which delves into the many great redemptions you can make with the program. Read here for an updated guide on booking partner awards through Etihad.

Note that Etihad caps each person at purchasing 100,000 miles each calendar year and typically limits to 60,000 miles per purchase. Since you aren’t able to buy all 100,000 in one purchase, you can buy two packages of 50,000 miles to score 100,000 miles at 1.4 cents each.

You can purchase Etihad miles here, and note that your purchase will be processed by Points.com, not Etihad. So, you won’t earn bonus rewards for using a card with airline spending as a bonus category.

With that in mind, you should use a card that offers a solid return on non-bonus spend, such as The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express, the Chase Freedom Unlimited or the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card.

Featured photo by JT Genter/The Points Guy. JT Genter contributed to this post.

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