Etihad Guest Selling Miles With 20% Bonus

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Etihad Guest has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles.

Buy Etihad Guest miles with a 20% bonus

Through October 30, 2020, Etihad Guest is offering a flat 20% bonus on purchased miles. You get that bonus no matter how many miles you buy, and you can even get it if you buy just 1,000 miles.

While a 20% bonus may not sound like much, Etihad sells miles at the reasonable cost of two cents each to begin with, which is much lower than the pre-sale price with other programs.

With Etihad Guest you can purchase up to 100,000 miles per calendar year pre-bonus (unless you’re a Platinum member, in which case you can purchase up to 150,000 miles). During this promotion you can buy miles for as little as 1.67 cents each.

I’d say that’s a reasonable cost, though we have seen better deals in the past. For example, several weeks back Etihad Guest offered up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles, which was the best promotion I ever recall seeing from the program.

Which credit card should you buy miles with?

Etihad mileage purchases are processed by, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending. So I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending.

Ordinarily I’d say that would be a card like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review), though you won’t want to use those for purchases that would be subjected to foreign transaction fees.

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Should you buy Etihad miles with a 20% bonus?

While I wouldn’t proactively pick up Etihad Guest miles at this cost, there are some excellent niche redemptions with Etihad where this price could be worthwhile. For example (these are all pre-COVID-19 routes, and we’ll see what the future looks like):

  • You can redeem just 44,000 Etihad Guest miles for a one-way one segment business class ticket anywhere Royal Air Maroc flies; unfortunately this isn’t quite as useful as it used to be, as you’re now limited to one segment, and can’t have a connecting itinerary
  • There are some solid redemption values for travel on Etihad flights, though Etihad Guest has a roughly distance based award chart where the cost varies based on the exact city pair

Royal Air Maroc’s 787-9 business class

I do think buying Etihad Guest miles for 1.67 cents each could represent a good value, though I should also mention that Etihad Guest is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Capital One, so for those with access to US credit cards, there are other useful ways to accrue these miles.

Earn Etihad Guest Points

But for those who don’t have access to US credit cards and/or who would rather pay 1.67 cents per mile than transfer points, buying Etihad Guest miles could represent a great deal.

At least that’s the case under normal circumstances, while it might not be the case right now for many, given the uncertainty.

Bottom line

Etihad Guest is selling miles with a 20% bonus, which translates to a cost of 1.67 cents per mile. We’ve seen better deals in the past and while I wouldn’t proactively pick up miles at that rate, some might find this useful for a topping off an account.

Does anyone plan on buying Etihad miles with a 20% bonus?