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One Example of Where Starpoints are More Than Double the Value of Marriott Rewards Points

In this promotion where you can earn 20 percent more Etihad Guest miles when converting from partner currencies through Monday, October 31, 2016 is one example of where Starpoints are more than double the value of Marriott Rewards points — but an explanation of the details of the promotion is needed in order to provide an illustration of that point.

All you need to do is select from your choice of 16 points conversion partners consisting of…

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Your Chance to Win Tickets for Two Aboard the Airbus A380 Aircraft Operated by Etihad Airways

To celebrate its Airbus A380 aircraft flying daily between New York and Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways is offering to give away to one winner of this promotion tickets for two people to try out the new aircraft for themselves as passengers — but you must be a resident of the United States who is 18 years of age or greater and who is a member of Facebook in order to participate in this contest.

No purchase is necessary; and there is a limit of a maximum of one entry per person for the duration of this promotion — but you must…

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Are Middle Eastern Carriers Really Superior to Other Commercial Airlines?

“Have you flown one of these middle eastern carriers? I’d love to know what you think. Should other airlines be worried? Is the competition unfair?”

George Hobica — the founder of Airfarewatchdog — asked those questions in this article in The Huffington Post pertaining to his experience as a passenger in the business class cabin on airplanes operated by Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

Why, yes I have, George — and I initially agreed with you on my first flight on Etihad Airways, where I wrote that “this is one of the better economy class cabins I have ever experienced” and that “my first experience suggests that Etihad Airways is a top choice.”

However…

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Earn Double Miles With Etihad Guest

You can earn double miles with Etihad Guest if you fly as a passenger in the economy class cabin between Thursday, September 17, 2015 and Tuesday, December 15, 2015 — but you must register for this promotion by Monday, September 28, 2015.

To be eligible for this offer, you must…

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Earn Up to Quadruple Miles With Etihad Guest — But…

Effective through Tuesday, September 15, 2015, you can earn quadruple Etihad Guest frequent flier loyalty program miles when you travel as a passenger seated in the first class cabin; and triple Etihad Guest miles in business class.

Simply book your next trip with Etihad Airways, Alitalia, Jet Airways, airberlin, Air Serbia or Air Seychelles — but you must register here before Monday, July 20, 2015; and…

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Etihad Airways: My Third Flight — On a Jet Airways Aircraft This Time

I arrived at Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport — which serves the greater Johannesburg metropolitan area — for a flight operated by Etihad Airways, which was scheduled to depart just prior to 10:00 in the morning.

There was a line which wrapped around in a queue several times. It was probably between 15 to 20 minutes before I was able to check in, which really was not all that bad considering how long was the queue — and I dislike waiting in lines.

The agent behind the counter handed me a card printed on a heavy coated stock, which is shown below on the right. The message on it was as follows…

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Etihad Airways: My Second Flight

After my first flight on a Boeing 777-300 aircraft operated by Etihad Airways from New York to Abu Dhabi had concluded, I had greater than six hours before the departure of my next flight, which was at 2:00 in the morning and whose destination was to Johannesburg.

I walked the long trek from gate to gate; and I found a row of stools nearby with a counter equipped with electrical outlets which can accommodate different plugs — no adapter needed. Internet access was complimentary in Abu Dhabi International Airport; but after a while, it became so painstakingly slow that I was forced to give up…

…but by that time, the gate area became more and more crowded. There were certainly a lot of people heading to Johannesburg.

Unlike the flight from Abu Dhabi which…

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Etihad Airways: My First Flight

After escaping the predicted snowstorm in Atlanta — and successfully bypassing a ground stop as a result — I found myself in Terminal 4 of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Fortunately for me, Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways both use Terminal 4 for their operations, which turned out to be quite convenient for me: no transfers between terminals; no chance of having to go through the airport security checkpoint; no having to go outside in the cold weather.

I have heard good things about Etihad Airways; and this is the first time I fly on an airplane operated by that airline as a passenger. I walked up to the counter at the gate when it opened — I found it mildly ironic that the previous flight at that gate was operated by El Al — and had absolutely no problems checking in for my flights to Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi. I received my boarding passes within minutes. I then went to sit down in a chair at a gate opposite the one being used by Etihad Airways.

As I sat there…

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$80,000 Airfare for One Round Trip?

If you want to to fly as a passenger in The Residence aboard Etihad Airways between London and Sydney via Abu Dhabi, it will cost you approximately $80,000.00, according to this article by Ben Schlappig of the One Mile at a Time weblog.

Back on May 4, 2014, I first reported on The Residence, which includes three “rooms”; a butler; a chef at your service who can prepare your favorite meal if you do not prefer the available gourmet offerings; and a VIP travel concierge service to take care of you from the moment of reservation right through until the end of their stay with Etihad Airways — from a luxury chauffeur to private check-in and lounge.

Regardless…

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