Should I choose Etihad Guest or Velocity for Etihad flight earn and redemptions?

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Hi  – Am a newbie here but have thoroughly enjoyed lurking. Thought I might pose my question …

I am mainly interested in reward points for redemption on J or F flights to Europe. Am a bit of an EY fan and have always focused on collecting Etihad Guest miles – primarily through EY travel supplemented by points via Amex Platinum Edge.

After reading most of the material on Point Hacks I am coming to the conclusion I would be better off collecting Velocity points – even for Etihad flights. Redemption seems to be at a better rate and more opportunities to supplement via BP Fuel, good Amex rate, etc.

Have a EY trip in F to Europe coming up so trying to decide where to put those miles.

All advice gratefully accepted 🙂

 

 

  • Great question. I have two back for you! What are your Etihad flying patterns, and what’s your preference when it comes to points redemptions – redeeming for similar flights to your paid fares or completely different?

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Hi K … I usually make 1 or 2 paid J or F flights per year with EY to Italy.  The UAE-ITA legs are Alitalia which has a great 300% miles award for EY Guest (and nothing for Velocity).

For redemptions, I aim for one J or F flight to Europe (Paris/London/Geneva) per year and supplement my EY Guest miles with Amex points or if I am just a bit short I might buy some miles via SPG (but not so much now with the exchange rate).

I suppose one of other reasons for focusing on Velocity points is it gives me some options to try different metal … I’m a bit peeved about the EY ground facilities in AUH.  First world problem I know – but man does not live by EY alone.

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