Best Ways to Use Etihad Guest Miles for Maximum Value

Airline Partners

Air New Zealand, Air Serbia, ANA, American Airlines, Asiana, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, GOL, Hainan, Jet Airways, Korean, Malaysia, Oman, Philippine, Royal Air Maroc, SAS, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, and Virgin Australia.

  • Each Partner has a separate award chart. Click “know more” under a particular airline to see the chart. If you are located in the US, several award charts will not be visible due to Department of Transportation regulations. You can use a VPN to connect to another country and bypass this restriction. I uploaded a few of the ones that required a VPN.
  • Below are a few of the best award charts:
    • American– You must find saver availability. For economy search for booking code “T,” for business look for “U,” and for first class (on three-cabin flights) look for Z.
      • One-way price for business from North America: Europe (50,000), Hawaii (37,500), A321T transcontinental (25,000),  Japan or Korea (50,000), Asia (55,000), Caribbean (30,000), and Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific (62,500).
      • One-way price for first class from North America:  Europe (62,500), Hawaii (47,500), A321T transcontinental (32,000),  Japan or Korea (62,500), Asia (67,500), Caribbean (40,000), and Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific (72,500).
    • ANA – (best redemptions: short expensive flights on ANA or West Coast to Tokyo in Business class)
    • Asiana– (Distance based award chart. 59,000 points for LAX to Seoul in Business)
    • Royal Air Maroc – (best redemption: New York/DC/Montreal to Europe or Africa with a stopover in Casablanca for 88,000 points roundtrip)
    • Czech Airlines -(best redemption: Prague to Seoul in Business class for 25,610 points one-way)
    • Oman Air– You can fly Muscat to Milan or Munich for 38,000 in business, Muscat to Zurich and Frankfurt for 39,000 in business, Muscat to Paris for 42,000 points, and Muscat to London for 44,000 points one-way. 
    • GOL – (best redemptions: short expensive flights to small islands near Brazil)
    • Virgin Australia – (best redemptions: short to medium haul flights to small islands or from Australia to Bali)

Finding Award Space

  • Use United.com for: Air New Zeland, Brussels, Asiana, SAS, and South African
  • Use Delta.com for: Korean, GOL, and Virgin Australia
  • Use British Airways.com for Malaysian Airlines and Sri Lankan
  • Others: Airfrance.com for Czech, ANA.com for ANA, and AA.com for American Airlines

Booking: Call 877-690-0767 (it will take about an hour. Sometimes their award space does not match up with other airline systems or Expert Flyer)


Addendum

The award charts below are for one-way travel. Roundtrips would be double the points.


Award Chart for ANA

Distance in miles from Tokyo: Los Angeles (5,452), Chicago (6,275), and New York (6,745). 

Stopovers are allowed.


Award Chart for Royal Maroc

Stopovers are allowed.


GOL Award Chart

 


Asiana Award Chart

Distance in miles from Seoul: Los Angeles (5,994), Chicago (6,652), and New York (6,906). 

Stopovers are allowed.


Korean Airlines Award Chart

Distance in miles from Seoul: Los Angeles (5,994), Chicago (6,652), and New York (6,906).

Stopovers are allowed, but open-jaws are not allowed.