Etihad’s Gold Elite

Etihad Gold EliteEtihad Guest, Etihad Airways’ award-winning loyalty program, has unveiled a suite of new benefits for its top-tier Gold Elite members.

The benefits include:

· an increase in tier bonus miles from 50 per cent to 75 per cent
· complimentary Etihad Guest Gold membership for another member of the Gold Elite member’s choice
· check-in at the Diamond First Class counter regardless of class of travel
· an invitation for an accompanying guest to the exclusive Diamond First Class Lounges in Abu Dhabi’s Terminals 1 and 3, as well as luxury lounges exclusive to Diamond First Class guests at all other airports, when travelling together on the same flight, regardless of class of travel
· a guaranteed Pearl Business Class seat on an Etihad Airways-operated flight for any chosen date and destination, if booked at least 48 hours prior to departure

Barry Green, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Customer Relationship Management and Loyalty, said: “Etihad Guest is renowned as the world’s leading loyalty program and so we are always looking at new and exciting enhancements for our members.

“The new Etihad Guest Gold Elite member benefits, with 75 per cent tier bonus miles and Guaranteed Pearl Business Class seat, ensure that our elite offering continues to set the highest benchmark across the industry.”

Gold Elite benefits are available to Virgin Australia’s Velocity Platinum members when travelling on Etihad Airways-operated flights, and vice versa.

Note: The Etihad Guest Gold Elite tier level can be attained only by earning the required status miles. It is not issued at discretion by Etihad Airways under any circumstances.

About Etihad Guest:
The award-winning loyalty program, Etihad Guest, was launched in August 2006 and quickly established itself as one of the airline industry’s fastest-growing and most innovative loyalty programs. Etihad Guest now boasts more than 1.9 million members. The program offers members the opportunity to accumulate Etihad Guest Miles on flights with Etihad Airways as well as many global airline partners such as airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, and American Airlines. Members also enjoy accruing miles with our global partners, ranging from hotel accommodation and car rental to retail and financial products. Etihad Guest members can redeem against a selection of flights on more than 2,000 routes and more than 6,000 non-flight rewards from over 250 partners on the Etihad Guest online Reward Shop or converted to make cash payments in more than 30 million retail outlets worldwide with PointsPay – an unmatched loyalty proposition.

The unique benefits of the Etihad Guest program include:

· Immediate rewards –1MileRedemption feature, fly once and enjoy instant rewards
· No blackout periods – GuestSeats are available on all flights, and if a seat is available, it can be booked
· Anytime availability – all seats, including the very last seat, are available at any time
· Redeem OpenSeats at a mileage cost equivalent to the commercial price of the seat
· The widest choice – redeem on flights, products or services using the Reward Shop
· Miles plus cash – decide how many miles to use and contribute the rest in cash using our Miles+Cash feature.
· Miles that are worth more – one mile can be worth much more than in any other program
· PointsPay – a new redemption feature which liberates Etihad Guest Miles by converting them instantly to cash to spend at 30 million outlets worldwide.

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