Emirates Skywards vs Etihad Guest Programme  


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19/10/2017 2:34 pm  

The debate on what's the best for you or what work better for you is an endless topic that we will never get to settle. However, I thought of sharing the Emirates Skyward and Etihad Guest - airline's frequent flyer programme benefits.

Minimum Points / Miles guaranteed 
I've taken UAE - London Heathrow one way flight as an example. The actual distance between DXB-LHR is 3,400 miles and AUH-DMM is 3,402 miles. Notes to self, you earn flown miles based on the fare paid on the ticket, for this comparison we will compare the lowest class in Economy for both the carriers.

Emirates (Saver) - 900 Skywards Miles (450 on Economy Special)
Etihad (Saver) - 1705 Miles (852 on Economy Deal)

Upgrade to Business Class from Economy
Most of the frequent flyer work so hard on their miles to achieve a free upgrade to Business using their points, here is the comparison for an upgrade from Economy to Business using miles for flight from Dubai to London Heathrow (LHR). Both carriers do not accept upgrade request on tickets purchased on Special or deal fares to London. The comparison is done on Saver fares

Emirates (Saver) - 57,500 miles
Etihad (Saver) - 52,414 miles

Airline Partners
In order to maximise your options to earn extra points, the airline's partners are always a key to earn those extra miles for your next upgrade or free flight


  • Airline (16) - Air Mauritius, Alaska Airlines, easyJet, flydubai, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Malaysia Airline, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, Virgin America.
  • Banks (7) - Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, American Express, Citibank - UAE, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates Islamic, Emirates NBD, National Bank of Abu Dhabi
  • Car Rental (6) - Avis, Budget, Dollar Rent a Car, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt
  • Hotels (27) - Starwood Hotels, Marriott, Anantara, Atlantis, Avani, Booking.com, Hilton, Crown Hotels, Fairmont, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Hotel Group, Kempinski Hotels, Langham Hotels and Resorts, Accor Hotels, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, One&Only Resorts, Raffles, Rocketmiles, Rotana, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, The Address Hotels + Resorts, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, Traders Hotels, Trident Hotels,
  • Retail & Lifestyle (13) - Arabian Adventures, Careem, damas, Done events, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Holidays, Heathrow Rewards, Magrudy's, marhaba, MilesLife, Ski Dubai, The Wall Street Journal, Wild Wadi Water Park


  • Airline (26) - Air New Zealand, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, airberlin, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airline, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Etihad Regional, Garuda Indonesia, GOL, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Scandinavian Airlines, South African Airways, Srilankan Airlines, UIA, Virgin Australia
  • Banks (4) - National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial bank, American Express - Saudi Arabia
  • Hotels (35) - Accor Hotels, Agoda.com, Atlantis, Constance Hotels and Resorts, Club 1 Hotels, Cristal Group, Danat Hotels & Resorts, Dusit Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont, Gloria Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Hotels Group, Kaligo.com, Mandarin Oriental, Maritim Hotels, Marriott, Millennium & Copthorne, Anatara, Avani, Tivoli, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, onetoone hotels & resorts, One&Only Hotels, Pointshound, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Raffles, Rocketmiles, Rotana, Shangri-La, Starwood Hotels, swissotel, Taj Group, The Merrion Dublin, Viceroy Hotels & Resorts
  • Car Rental (10) - conxxe, rentalcars.com, rideways, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Careem, Shift Car rental
  • Retail & Lifestyle (51) - Al Anwaar Golden Jewellers, Al Jaber Opticals, Antler, Better Life, BoConcept, Chic Outlet Shopping, damas, flybuys, HEINEMANN Duty Free, Heritage Touch, Joyalukkas, Kalyan Jewellers, LifeStyle Fine Jewelry, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Mauzan, Mohammed Rasool Khoory & Sons, Montblanc, My City Miles, Natuzzi, Pan Emirates Home Furnishings, Premier Tax Free, The Living Room, Tryano, Al Wathba, Bazxar, Belevari cruises, Canadian Medical Center, CelebrityCruises, Cruise Master, Elite Pearl Yachts, Eton Institute, e-Rewards, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Gostudylink, Heathrow Rewards, Jones the grocer, Junoon, Live Free, Luxury Cruise Portfolio, LTI - Luxury Travel Intelligence, My List, Porsche Centre Abu Dhabi, Pret To Go, Royal Caribbean Arabia, Saadiyat Beach Club, Salwa Zeidan, The Economist, The First Group, Times, Middle East, TripAdvisor, Waterlovt



Emirates - 140

Etihad - 90

Frequent Flyer Tiers & Benefits
Since there are many benefits to highlight on each programme, I will pin-point the main difference


  • Silver (25,000 miles)
    • Access to Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai
    • 25% bonus Skyward miles on Emirates flights
    • 12 kg excess baggage
    • Complimentary Seat selection
  • Gold (50,000 miles)
    • Dedicated Contact Centre
    • Guaranteed seat on the plane in Economy, even on fully booked flights
    • Priority Baggage Delivery
    • 50% bonus Skyward miles on Emirates flights
    • 16 kg excess baggage
  • Platinum (150,000 miles)
    • 'Last seat' Classic Flex Plus reward ticket
    • Gold Partner nomination
    • Guaranteed seat on the plane in Business, even on fully booked flights
    • 75% bonus Skyward miles on Emirates flights
    • 20 kg excess baggage

General rules on the programme:

- Cash+miles is accepted
- Upgrade on board the aircraft is accepted
- Miles are valid for 3 years from date of travel


  • Silver (25,000)
    • 25% bonus Skyward miles on Etihad flights
    • Guaranteed seat in Economy (when booked 48 hrs in advance)
    • Lounge access in Abu Dhabi airport, Belgrade and Seychelles
    • 10 kg excess baggage
  • Gold (50,000)
    • 50% bonus Skyward miles on Etihad flights
    • Guaranteed seat in Economy (when booked 24 hrs in advance)
    • 15 kg excess baggage
  • Platinum (125,000)
    • 75% bonus Skyward miles on Etihad flights
    • Guaranteed seat in Economy & Business  (when booked 12 hrs & 48 hrs for business in advance)
    • 20 kg excess baggage

General rules of the programme

- Cash+miles is accepted
- Upgrade using miles is accepted during the check-in time
- Miles are valid for 2 years for basic members, 2.5 years for Silver and 3 years for Gold & Platinum

Let me know your opinion

Edited: 3 months  ago


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