Etihad selling travel vouchers with 50% bonus

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From now till 24 June, get a 50% bonus when you buy Etihad travel vouchers with a 2-year validity.

With cashflow as tight as it is, we’ve seen numerous hotels offering bonuses on gift cards or discounted vouchers for future stays. However, I can’t think of too many airlines which have started selling bonus travel credits. 

Etihad Airways looks set to buck that trend with a 50% bonus on travel vouchers. 

Etihad is selling travel vouchers with a 50% bonus

etihad travel vouchers

From now till 24 June 2020, Etihad is selling travel vouchers with a 50% bonusTravel vouchers can be bought in any denomination from US$250 to US$65,000 (!)

etihad travel vouchers

All vouchers are valid for a period of 2 years, and can be used for travel from 1 August 2020 onwards. Vouchers cannot be refunded, and are non-transferable. However, you can use a voucher to pay for someone else’s travel. 

Vouchers can only be purchased through the Etihad contact centre (i.e not online), and you’ll need to be an Etihad Guest member to buy one. Your voucher balance (plus the bonus) will be reflected in your Etihad Guest Travel Bank account. 

Any flights booked with Etihad travel vouchers will earn regular mileage credit as per normal.

Should you buy Etihad travel vouchers?

Etihad Business Class
Etihad B787 Business Class | Photo Credit: Upgraded Points

This is effectively a 33% discount off any future Etihad travel, and seems to be a good deal given the fairly long time period you have to use it. 

The concern of course is whether Etihad will still be around to honor the credits. If the airline goes belly up you’ll become an unsecured creditor, which probably won’t end well. That said, Etihad is the pride of Abu Dhabi, and I can’t see the government not stepping in should it be necessary. Stranger things have happened before, I suppose. 

What card should you use to buy Etihad travel vouchers?

I’m guessing these transactions will be processed over the phone with the CSO, so they’ll count as offline foreign currency airline spending. You can use the cards below to maximize the miles on your purchase.

 Earn RateRemarks
UOB Visa Signature
Apply here
4 mpdMin S$1K FCY per s. month, cap at S$2K FCY per s. month
UOB Lady’s Card
Apply here
4 mpd*Cap S$1K per c. month
UOB Lady’s Solitaire
Apply here
4 mpd*Cap S$3K per c. month
SCB X Card
Apply here
3 mpdUntil 30 Jun 20. Min S$2K per c. month
SCB Visa Infinite
3 mpdMin S$2K per s. month
BOC Elite Miles 
3 mpdUntil 15 Jun 20
DBS Altitude
Apply here
3 mpdMax S$5K per c. month
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month
*Must declare travel as quarterly 10X category

Conclusion

Etihad’s 50% bonus on travel vouchers is as generous as airline promotions come, and I’ll be giving it some thought over the next few days.

I’m seeing round-trip Etihad Business Class fares between Singapore and Athens for S$2,900, which with a further 33% discount would be mighty tempting. For those of you with deeper pockets, it’d also be an opportunity to try The Apartments or even The Residence for…somewhat less. 

Will you be buying Etihad travel vouchers?

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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BuildTheWall

I assume we’ll get the usual miles – what are the best options to credit?

ithh

No guarantee that miles will be awarded if vouchers are used. Should check the Ts&Cs.
If travel for SG residents is not allowed to the Middle East, do we get a refund?

Andrew

Just wondering, how did you work out the 33% discount?

Dave

Paying $1000 for $1500 worth of flights? 🙂

Zharif

Say you buy 500$ of credit, you’ll get an additional 50% in value (250$) credited to your account.
 
Now in total you have 750$.The given 250$ bonus is 33% of your new total.

Bernard

Can the credit be use to buy air ticket on promotion?
 
thanks

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