Etihad Guest Frequent Flyer Program

Information verified correct on May 27th, 2016

Etihad guestCompare the frequent flyer program offered by Etihad Airways.

There's 66 aircraft in the Etihad fleet, flying to 84 destinations on over 1000 flights per week, making it one of the largest airlines in the Middle East. Etihad was born in Abu Dhabi in the year 2003, as a result of Royal Decree, and means union in Arabic.

It also has large stakes in airberlin and Air Seychelles.

Etihad Airways' main tenet is to provide the best of Arabian hospitality, a principle which has helped it win the 'World's Leading Airline' at the World Travel Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011.

Join the Etihad Guest Frequent Flyer program

What is the Guest program and how does it work?

Etihad's frequent flyer program is known as the Guest program. It's not drastically different to any of the other frequent flyer programs in how it works. You earn Guest Miles from flying, using a rewards credit card or spending on the items or services of program partners.

Once you earn enough Miles you can redeem them for a range of rewards including free flights, better seats on your flights, raffle tickets, excess baggage or items through the Guest Reward Shop.

Exploring the Etihad Guest program - Membership Tiers

One way you can maximise the benefits you get through the Guest program is by getting to a higher membership tier. These tiers can only be climbed by flying regularly, and the different tiers are mentioned below:

  • Etihad Guest
  • Etihad Guest Silver
  • Etihad Guest Gold
  • Etihad Guest Gold Elite
Etihad Guest Tiers

To rise through these levels you'll need to earn the appropriate number of Tier Miles. You earn a Tier Mile for every real mile you travel on an Etihad flight, with more earned depending on the class you fly. Once you get to a tier you'll need to either keep up the appropriate number of eligible flights each year or earn the appropriate number of Tier Miles.

Enjoy the higher status level benefit

Here are some of the benefits you get as you progress higher in the Guest program.


Guest membership is the base level every frequent Etihad flyer starts at. It comes with the regular benefits other frequent flyer programs come with, including a dedicated website and account to manage your account, the ability to set up a family pooling account to hold your family's combined miles, access to the online rewards store and the ability to record your travelling preferences.

Guest Silver

Etihad Guest Silver

Where things start getting more interesting is in the Guest Silver level. Here you get:

  • 25% bonus Guest Miles on every flight
  • A priority waitlist for busy flight routes so you don't miss out
  • A guaranteed Economy Coral seat if booked 24 hours in advance
  • Lounge access to the Pearl Business class lounge, or when flying in and out of Abu Dhabi, access to the Al Reem Lounge facility in terminal 1. This also has a dedicated check in facility.
  • A free 10 kg of extra baggage regardless of how full the flight is
  • A chauffeur service at all stages of your journey when travelling on Pearl Business or Diamond First Class.

Etihad Guest Gold Card

Guest Gold

Gold membership continues to up the ante. You'll get the following improved benefits in addition to the benefits listed above:

  • 50% bonus Guest Miles on every flight
  • 15 kg of excess baggage allowed even on full flights
  • Priority check-in and boarding regardless of the class you're travelling on
  • Faster immigration and baggage collection

Etihad Guest Elite Card

Guest Gold Elite

Gold Elite membership is the top of the Etihad membership food chain. In addition to improved benefits you'll also get:

  • 75% bonus Guest Miles on every flight
  • 20 kg of excess baggage allowed even on full flights
  • A guaranteed Pearl Business seat if booked 48 hours in advance
  • A guaranteed Coral Economy seat if booked 12 hours in advance
  • Access for you and a guest to the Diamond First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi International Airport
  • The ability to invite another Guest member to enjoy the benefits of Gold membership
  • The ability to nominate another person on your behalf to carry out your transactions

How do I reach these levels?

The table below shows the number of Tier Miles or Tier Segments needed to reach and maintain the various membership levels in the Guest program. Tier Segments are earned at the rate of one segment per Coral Economy Class flight, two segments earned per Pearl Business class flight and three segments per Diamond First class flight.

TiersAttaining a TierMaintaining a Tier
Tier MilesTier SegmentsTier MilesTier Segments
Etihad Guest Silver25,0002020,00015
Etihad Guest Gold50,0004040,00030
Etihad Guest Gold Elite125,00060100,00048

How do I earn Guest Miles?

Etihad Airplane

Earning Guest Miles is the same as most frequent flyer programs with a few exceptions. Here's how you can earn Guest Miles:

Flying with Etihad or partner airlines

The most basic way to earn Guest Miles is by using Etihad Airways when travelling. You'll earn Miles based on how many real miles you earn.

If you're a Guest member will earn 50% of the miles you fly on eligible flights, and if you have a higher membership you'll earn more, with Gold members earning 100% of the miles they fly, and Gold Elite earning even more than this.

For a Coral Economy Class flight from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow (a distance of 3409 miles) you'll earn:

Membership levelGuest Miles earned
Guest Silver2557
Guest Gold3409
Guest Gold Elite4261

As mentioned above you'll earn more points if you travel in a better class.

Airline partners

Etihad has a number of partners who you can fly with to earn Guest Miles. These include:

  • Airberlin
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Seychelles
  • Air New Zealand
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways - ANA
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Jet Airways

You'll also be able to accrue points with Codeshare partners including Aer Lingus, Air France and more.

Spending with bonus partners

Spending money with Etihad Airways' partners will also see you earn points. Below are the partners for hotels, financial partners, car rentals, shopping, telecommunications and entertainment.

Hotel partners

Below are the hotels which will earn Guest Miles and some of the earn rates you can hope to receive.

  • Accor Hotels
  • Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
  • Constance Hotels and Resorts - earn one Mile per one USD spent
  • Cristal Hotels -  earn one Mile per one USD spent
  • Danat Hotels & Resorts
  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Global Hotel Alliance
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hyatt
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts - earn one Mile per one USD spent
  • Maritim
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group -  earn 500 Miles on guest rooms and 800 Miles on Club rooms and suites for qualifying stays
  • Marriott Vacation Club Intl
  • The Merrion Dublin -  earn one Mile per one USD spent, or two if you're a Gold or Gold Elite member
  • Millennium
  • One to One
  • PointsHound
  • One&Only Resorts and Mazagan - earn one Mile per one USD spent
  • Park Inn by Radisson
  • Preferred Hotel Group
  • Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts
  • Raffles Hotels & Resorts - earn 500 Mile per eligible stay
  • Rocketmiles -  earn 1,000 - 1,500 Miles per night on bookings made on Rocketmiles
  • Rotana
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Swiss Belhotel
  • Swissotel Hotels & Resorts -  earn 500 Miles per qualifying stay
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • Viceroy Hotels and Resorts -  earn one Mile per one USD spent
  • Vision Hotels

Credit cards

Unfortunately at the time of writing there are no credit cards in Australia which allow you to directly earn Guest Miles as there are with the Emirates Skywards, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Velocity Programs.

If you want to earn Etihad Guest Miles using an Australian credit card you'll have to go down the rewards card route. This means rather than a regular frequent flyer card you'll have to earn points with a bank rewards credit card and then swap these points for Guest Miles.

You can currently only do this with an American Express card. Many of their cards will allow you to swap American Express Membership Rewards (MR) points for Guest Miles. These can be swapped at the rate of one MR point per one Guest Mile. A minimum transfer of 1,000 points apply to each conversion.

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Earn points shoppingShopping

Etihad have a number of online shopping partners which cover most bases. If you shop with these retailers and quote your membership number you'll earn points per dollar spent. This gives you a large number of potential ways to earn points by spending with retailers as diverse as Sony Creative Software,,, BBC Shop and more.

Financial partners

Etihad has partnerships with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Citibank, HSBC and a number of other providers, but unfortunately these services are not available in Australia.

Car hire

Etihad have partnerships with the following global car hire companies:

  • Avis -  earn 500 Miles per rental if you have regular Guest membership, or up to 800 Miles per rental if you're a Gold Elite member
  • Budget -  earn 500 Miles per rental if you have regular Guest membership, or up to 800 Miles per rental if you're a Gold Elite member
  • Europcar -  earn 500 Miles per qualifying rental
  • Hertz -  earn 500 Miles per standard rental or 1,000 Miles per Prestige Collection rentals
  • National and Alamo - earn 500 Miles per rental if you have regular Guest membership, or up to 750 Miles per rental if you're a Gold member
  • Sixt - earn 500 Miles for every car, or 1,000 Miles for every transfer with the Sixt limousine service

Other partners

There are other earning partners too. These include:

Entertainment. You'll earn points when spending on tickets at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi or Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi among others, and can earn points on membership to the Priority Pass program.

Telecommunications. Mobily, OneSimCard and Etisalat are a few of the different providers who allow you to earn points.

Redeeming Guest Miles

Like most frequent flyer programs, you can redeem Guest Miles in a number of ways, and for a number of different rewards.

Flights. As can be expected, using points to pay for flights is one of the more popular reasons why consumers opt for frequent flyer programs. For a one way flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi you'll be paying 68305 Guest Miles.

Upgraded seats. Another great way to make use of your Miles is to use them to upgrade a seat you've paid for already. This can see you fly in style and comfort. A Melbourne to Abu Dhabi flight can be upgraded from Coral Economy to Pearl Business with 56,076 - 70,095 Miles depending on what Coral Economy fare class you have.

Etihad First Class

Excess baggage. If you plan to be taking a fair bit of luggage overseas with you, or you go a bit overboard with shopping while on your trip you can use your points to pay for your excess baggage.

Donate your Miles. You can elect to donate your Guest Miles to a variety of charities including the Swiss Red Cross, Primary Construction, House of Hope and The Poor & Needy Project.

Raffle tickets. From time to time Etihad run raffle ticket promotions. These can include prizes such as an iPad Air, and cost 100 Miles per ticket.

Rewards store. Like most frequent flyer stores, the Guest program has a range of items you can redeem points for. Categories include travel, fun, experience, premium and much more.

Comparing the Guest program to other programs

Comparing a frequent flyer program for redeeming flights is beyond the scope of this article. If you wish to find out how Guest stacks up against value in terms of flight rewards you may wish to consult an frequent flyer program.

Here are some ways to compare the features offered by programs.

Points expiry

Etihad Guest Miles expire at different rates depending on your membership level. This is unique among frequent flyer programs.

Guest Two years from date of earning
Guest SilverTwo and a half years from date of earning
Guest GoldThree years from date of earning
Guest Gold EliteThree years from date of earning

This is unlike Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Frequent Flyer programs, which allow users to keep their points as long as they keep their accounts active every 18 or 36 months respectively. In this regard the Guest program doesn't compare well, but if you don't plan to build up your balances over two or more years this won't matter.

Other programs such as Emirates Skywards and Asia Miles will give you a flat three years with which to redeem your points, so in this regard Etihad Guest also doesn't stack up well.

Status comparison

The table below shows the number of Tier Miles or Status Credits earned for a flight of approximately 3,400 miles (roughly the distance from Sydney to Abu Dhabi).

As you can see, it takes a little over eight of these flights to reach Guest Silver membership or:

  • 4.16 flights of 3,001 - 5,000 miles with Virgin
  • Five flights of 3,601 - 4,800 miles with Qantas
Tier Miles/ Status Credits earnedStatus credits needed for silver membershipOther requirementsAnnual requirements to maintain silver level
Etihad Guest304925,000 or 20 Tier SegmentsNone20,000 Tier Miles or 15 Tier Segments
Virgin Velocity60250Two eligible sectorsEarn 200 Status Credits and fly two eligible sectors
Qantas Frequent Flyer60300Four eligible Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar flightsEarn 250 credits per 12 month period and four eligible flights

Let's now compare the benefits of the Guest Silver membership to the silver memberships of both Qantas and Virgin.

Etihad Guest SilverQantas Frequent Flyer SilverVirgin Velocity Silver
Points bonus?25% bonus on eligible flights50% bonusUp to 50% bonus (25% bonus for Etihad flights)
Priority reservation waitlist?YesYesYes
Alliance membership?NoYes, oneworld Ruby statusNo
Priority phone service?NoYesYes
Preferential seating?No, but ability to record your travel preferences onlineYes, you can select and store seating preferences, and select your seat at the time of booking or check-in for free.Ability to set a preference, and ability to select a seat from the reserved zone of your cabin. Preferential access to Qantas Award seats.
Extra baggage allowance?An additional 10 kg of baggage is allowed.An additional piece of baggage is allowed for economy domestic flights and two extra pieces of baggage allowed for business domestic flights. Additional baggage is also allowed for international flights, thought the amount will depend on the destination and travel class.A baggage allowance for domestic and international short haul flights, based on your fare type. Receive one extra piece of luggage when travelling to USA and receive an additional 10kg when travelling to other international long haul destinations.
Faster check in?NoInternational priority check inInternational priority check in
Lounge access?Yes, access to Pearl Business class lounge, and when flying out of Abu Dhabi, access to the Al Reem Lounge facility.Yes, one free pass to the Qantas ClubYes, two free passes to the Virgin Australia Lounges
Family pooling?YesNoYes

Pros and cons of the Etihad Guest program


  • Program allows family pooling of Guest Miles
  • Free membership
  • One of the largest airlines in the Middle East, so there are many flights and routes to choose from when selecting rewards


  • Guest Miles expiry is only two years, which doesn't match other programs
  • Attaining a higher status membership requires more flying than other programs
  • No membership to any airline alliances


What is Family pooling?

The Etihad Guest program allows family pooling. If you have a family membership, you could pool all the earned miles into one single account valid up to eight members in your family.

What is the membership fee?

Etihad Guest offers free membership. You do not have to pay anything to become a member. However in case of theft or loss of Etihad Guest cards, you will be subjected to a fee of 500 Guest miles for a replacement.

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342 Responses to Etihad Guest Frequent Flyer Program

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    Helen | May 19, 2016

    Yesterday I bought Etihad flights Sydney to Amsterdam and then Paris to Sydney from a travel agent. I presented my Etihad Guest Card but failed to ask about Flybuys points. Am I entitled to Flybuys points for these Coral Class tickets?

    Thank you.

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    Veronica | May 12, 2016

    How do i change my name in my membership from my married name back to my maiden name?

    • Staff
      Anndy | May 13, 2016

      Hi Veronica,

      Thanks for your question.

      The Etihad Guest Services Centre should be able to assist you in changing your name in their membership database. Please note that they may require you to submit through email, a copy of your passport and other relevant documents.

      I’ve sent you an email containing the contact details of Etihad Guest.


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    Sanjay | May 12, 2016

    How can I register as Etihad Guest ? As I am about travel with Etihad on 15th May.

    • Staff
      Anndy | May 12, 2016

      Hi Sanjay,

      Thanks for your comment.

      You should be able to register for Etihad Guest by simply clicking the “Join the Etihad Guest Frequent Flyer program” link above, just beside the green Enquire button.

      I hope this helps.


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    Muhammad | May 6, 2016

    Hi I am traveling in month of May with Etihad I got 8654 points can be upgrade my seat Economy class to Business class NYC to Isb

    • Staff
      Sally | May 6, 2016

      Hello Muhammad,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can use the mileage calculator on the Etihad website to determine whether you have enough points to upgrade your seat.

      If you do, you can then make a request online to upgrade your seat. This is subject to availability, though.

      I’ve emailed you the relevant links for your convenience.



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    Usman | April 10, 2016

    I want to be Eithad Airlines guest member on account of traveling mileage. How can proceed to acquire membership?

    • Staff
      Sally | April 11, 2016

      Hi Usman,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can sign up to the Etihad Guest frequent flyer program by completing and submitting an enrollment form online.

      I’ve sent you the link to the enrollment form via email for your convenience.

      I hope this has helped.



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    JIGNESH | March 25, 2016



    • Staff
      Sally | March 29, 2016

      Hi Jignesh,

      Thanks for your question.

      New Etihad Guest members can collect miles for flights taken within 3 months of their registration. As such, if your flights were taken in May 2015, you’ll be unable to collect points from them.

      In the future, make sure to quote your membership number at the time of booking to ensure you collect the points on your next flight.

      I hope this has helped.



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    ana | March 14, 2016

    Hi Etihad,

    It’s been a year since I’ve been a member of Etihad. But I haven’t receive yet my guest card. I just want to follow up and request to send in my mail address. Thank You

    ~Feedback Please.

    • Staff
      Sally | March 14, 2016

      Hi Ana,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Just to confirm, though, you have come through to, not Etihad.

      As such, we’re unable to confirm the status of your guest card. Instead, you’d do best to contact Etihad Guest directly on 1300 532 215.

      I hope this has helped.



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    BILLY | March 10, 2016

    Can Etihad Gold Member use the Emirates lounge in Dublin. Or can a gold member use the Etihad lounge Dublin if not flying with Eithad?

    • Staff
      Sally | March 10, 2016

      Hi Billy,

      Thanks for your questions.

      You can only use the Etihad airport lounges if you’re flying with Etihad that day. Unfortunately, Etihad Gold Members also don’t have access to Emirates lounges.

      Depending on availability, you might be able to pay a fee to enter the lounge if you’re flying with Emirates that day.

      I hope this has helped.



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    Karthikeyan | February 27, 2016

    Is any money should pay for guest card of Etihad on delivery or for order the card?

    • Staff
      Sally | February 29, 2016

      Hi Karthikeyan,

      I hope you’re well.

      No, there isn’t a cost to signup for the Etihad Guest program or to have your card delivered. However, if you’ve lost your Etihad card and need to order a new one, you’ll be charged a replacement fee of 500 Etihad Guest Miles.

      I hope this has helped.



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    Marcia | February 19, 2016

    I joined Etihad frequent flyers as a guest member, do you receive a card

    • Staff
      Sally | February 22, 2016

      Hi Marcia,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, you’ll receive a membership card. When you joined the program, you should’ve received a temporary Etihad Guest card that you can print and use until you’ve received your card.

      I hope this has helped.



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