Some of the rationale for writing on this site is to act as a bookmark for certain information, tips & tricks that I’d like to save for myself for the future. The benefit of publishing publicly online means that if anyone else gives a crap then they might find it too. This post falls firmly in that category.
I have a bunch of Etihad Guest miles sitting in a family account from a big trip 3 people made to Australia from Europe last year. On their own the miles are enough for a business class one way to Abu Dhabi and onward to the southern Mediterranean or Middle East. Useful, but not that useful.
For just another few hundred miles I’d have a large enough stash to cover off a redemption on their somewhat odd Brisbane – Singapore routing, return, in Business class. Much more useful for a hop to Asia, and beyond.
So, how to accrue a few hundred miles at minimal cost?
- Car and Hotel Partner purchases. Budget, Europcar & Hertz are all local car rental partners; and all the major chains will allow you to credit to Etihad.
- Transfers into Etihad Guest from other programs. Priority Club, Hyatt and Hilton all allow transfers into Etihad Guest – with relevant transfer minimums though. You can transfer Australian Membership Rewards points to Priority Club at a rate of 3:2. More calculations on these can be made in the reward program conversion calculator.
- Etihad Guest ‘Earn Miles’ shopping mall. This is where it gets interesting… and possible to earn just a few hundred points with minimal outlay and effort. Take a dig around – purchases from Apple, iTunes, Dick Smith and more all could qualify.
- Flying. OK, but this is the easy option. Credit some Virgin Australia flights to Etihad, even from a family member under Etihad Guests family member rules.
There you have it. Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments.