New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner! Save Miles on Flights in the US, to Europe, and Asia!

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Great news for folks with AMEX Membership Rewards points!  Via View From the Wing, you can now transfer your points to Etihad.  And there are some award flights that are great deals!

For example, you can use Etihad miles to pay fewer points on airline partner American Airlines for a Business Class or First Class ticket to Asia or Europe.  And, you’ll save miles on First Class flights within the mainland US and Canada!

New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

Etihad Is the Newest AMEX Membership Rewards Transfer Partner. Use Etihad Miles to Get Great Deals on Certain Flights, Like on Airline Partner American Airlines

I’ll explain how it works!

How to Use Etihad Miles for Award Flights

Link:   The Ultimate Guide to Etihad Miles

Etihad is the newest AMEX Membership Rewards airline transfer partner.  Effective right away, you can transfer your AMEX Membership Rewards points to Etihad instantly at a 1:1 ratio.

You can use Etihad miles for an award seat on their flights.  Emily and I flew First Class with Etihad to India and liked the service and comfort.  And, it’s usually easy to find an open seat.  Although we used American Airlines miles.

New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

You Can Use Etihad Miles for Etihad Flights, Including First Class!

Etihad flies from North America to the Middle East, India, and the Maldives.  Using Etihad miles can be a good option for flying coach to the Indian subcontinent.  Because they have more award seats available than many other airlines.

You can even fly to the US in First Class with enclosed suitesBusiness Class with lie-flat beds, and coach (with flying nannies!)

New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

Need a Ride? Etihad Will Give You a Chauffeur to and From the Airport If You Book a Business Class or First Class Award Ticket With Etihad Miles

If you fly in First Class or Business Class, you also get a chauffeur to and from 39 airports, which is a great way to begin or end a trip!

Be sure to read my series on how to redeem Etihad miles!

Don’t Use Etihad Miles for Etihad Flights!

Link:   Etihad Mileage Calculator

Folks who like to fly Business Class or First might benefit from this new partnership.  Because Etihad offers great service and usually has good number of award seats available.

New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

Want to Fly in Etihad’s Business Class or First Class Seat? You’re Better Off Using American Airlines Miles

But keep in mind, you’ll pay a LOT of miles for an award seat.  For example, it costs:

  • 88,391 Etihad miles for a one-way Business Class seat from New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi
  • 117,560 Etihad miles for a one-way First Class seat from New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi

So a round-trip First Class ticket between New York and Abu Dhabi would cost ~235,000 Etihad miles.  And the price you’ll pay varies by route, because Etihad charges based on how far you fly.

Instead, I recommend using American Airlines miles for an award ticket on Etihad flights.  Because you’ll pay fewer miles for the same seat!

Etihad has a mileage calculator to check the amount of miles you’ll need for an award seat.

Here’s how to find an Etihad award seat.

Using Etihad Miles on American Airlines Is Sometimes a Better Deal!

Link:   Etihad American Airlines Award Chart

Link:   Etihad Airline Partners

It’s better to use American Airlines miles for an award ticket on Etihad flights.

And, it’s better to use Etihad miles for certain American Airlines award flights!

New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

Switcharoo! You’ll Pay Fewer Miles to Asia on American Airlines When You Book Through Etihad

For example, you’ll pay:

  • 50,000 Etihad miles on an American Airlines flight to Asia 1 in Business Class (including Japan and Korea)
  • 55,000 Etihad miles on an American Airlines flight to Asia 2 in Business Class (including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore)
  • 62,500 Etihad miles on an American Airlines flight to Asia 1 in First Class
  • 67,500 Etihad miles on an American Airlines flight to Asia 2 in First Class
New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

Want to Visit Tokyo on American Airlines? You’ll Do Better With Etihad Miles!

Compare that to what American Airlines charges for their own award seats:

  • 60,000 American Airlines miles to Asia 1 in Business Class (including Japan and Korea)
  • 70,000 American Airlines miles to Asia 2 in Business Class (including China and Hong Kong)
  • 80,000 American Airlines miles on an American Airlines flight to Asia 1 in First Class
  • 110,00 American Airlines miles on an American Airlines flight to Asia 2 in First Class

In each of these examples, you’ll pay fewer Etihad miles than American Airlines miles.

User Fewer Miles When Flying Business and First Class to Europe

You’ll also save on American Airlines Business Class and First Class award flights to Europe.  And First Class award flights within the continental US and Canada!

So depending on where you want to visit, it’s worth checking Etihad’s American Airlines award chart to see if you can do better with Etihad miles.

New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner Save Miles On Flights In The US To Europe And Asia

Etihad Has Lots of Airline Partners to Choose From, Like Air Berlin and ANA. You Can Use Etihad Miles for Partner Award Tickets

Etihad also partners with airlines like Air New Zealand, Air Berlin, ANA, and Virgin Australia.  But keep in mind, each airline partner has their own award chart.

This could be an excellent option if you have lots of AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Or if you want to save your airline miles for other award seats!

Note:   You must call Etihad at 888-838-8443 to book an award seat on ANY partner airline.

Which Cards Earn AMEX Membership Rewards Points?

The following cards earn American Express Membership Rewards points that can be transferred to travel partners:

Personal CardsBusiness Cards
Premier Rewards Gold Card From American ExpressThe Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
American Express® Mercedes-Benz PlatinumThe Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
AMEX EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
AMEX EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
American Express® Gold Card
American Express® Green Card
Blue from American Express® Note: These are the ONLY AMEX cards that earn Membership Rewards points that can NOT be transferred to airline & hotel programs. But you can use these points on the Membership Rewards website for other redemptions. Includes personal AND small business versions of the card.

Remember, you can also transfer Citi ThankYou points and Starwood points to Etihad.

Bottom Line

Etihad is the newest AMEX Membership Rewards transfer partner!

This is great news because you can save lots of miles on flights within the US, and to Europe and Asia on Etihad’s airline partner American Airlines!

Of course, you can also plan a trip to a destination where Etihad flies (like India or the Middle East).  But you’ll do better by redeeming American Airlines miles for most Etihad award flights.  You can use Etihad’s mileage calculator to check the price of your award flight to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Note you’ll have to call Etihad to book an award seat on any of their airline partners, which also include ANA, Air Berlin, and Virgin Australia.

Will you transfer your AMEX Membership Rewards points to Etihad Airways?

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14 responses to “New AMEX Membership Rewards Partner! Save Miles on Flights in the US, to Europe, and Asia!

  1. Always great to have more options. I believe you should have had this part say 55,000 miles though instead of what you have at 50,000.

    “50,000 Etihad miles on an American Airlines flight to Asia 2 in Business Class (including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore)+

  2. @Scooter – Thanks! I’ve updated the post.

  3. What is the expiration policy of Etihad miles? Hope it is nothing like Singapore miles.

  4. Few questions here:
    1. Is there a tool that would give me the exact amount of miles for partners?
    2. The off peak dates listed for AA still reflect the old AA chart. Have they changed?
    3. For routes like Indian Sub-Continent – South Pacific (example, BOM-BOB), how can we complete a booking?

  5. Ah thanks! Another point option for me to get home!

  6. @Patrick – They’ll expire in 2 years on the last day of the month in which they were earned:
    http://www.etihadguest.com/en/earn-miles/how/

    @Ankur – No tool that I know of specifically for Etihad miles (or that includes Etihad miles).

    There are no off-peak dates for booking Business Class and First Class award flights with American Airlines miles. I’ve used the current award prices:

    https://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/redeemMiles/american-airlines-award-chart2016.jsp

    You’d have to call Etihad to make a booking on a partner airline. Hope that helps!

    @Ruby @ A Journey We Love – Glad you found it useful! 🙂

  7. AA does not fly to Thailand so you can’t do that like you say. What is the best and cheapest way to get to Thailand using AmEx points? Prefer one way as I will use Alaska miles for the return.

  8. The number for Etihad Airlines is missing a digit.

  9. @Nick – I’d have to look into that. Here are all the ways to get to India with AMEX Membership Rewards points:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/09/24/the-ultimate-guide-to-american-express-membership-rewards-points-part-2-all-the-ways-to-get-to-india/

    Hopefully that gives you some ideas on how to plan your trip to Thailand!

    @Nathan – Corrected, thank you!

  10. Daraius: I’m referring to the off-peak dates in Etihad’s chart for AA you shared http://www.etihadguest.com/Documents/Etihad%20Guest/member%20benefits/American-Airlines-redemption.pdf

  11. @Ankur – The prices to book American Airlines flights with Etihad miles displayed on the page you linked to on Etihad’s website should be the most up-to-date award prices.

  12. Their award chart is confusing. It reads 20,000 one way to Europe or is it 50,000. If it is 50,000 then may as well use AA miles and save your American Express rewards?

  13. Sorry to say, but Etihad flights (and one lounge in Bangkok) were huge let down after much anticipation after various bloggers over-the-top reports.

  14. D,

    You may want to advise the readership of the extreme dearth of premium cabin availability on AA metal transcon flights before people start transferring all their MR points to Etihad.