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Eti­had has made wide­spread read changes to its Eti­had Guestest pro­gramme. From Oc­to­ber ber 8, mem­bers who gain sil­ver, r, gold or plat­inum sta­tus will now re­tain it for only one year, in­steadd of two years for higher tiers un­der the pre­vi­ous set-up.

Be­fore, mem­bers who flew with any part­ner air­line for the first time re­ceived 500 wel­come bonus miles. This is now re­stricted to those whose first flight is with Eti­had, Air Ser­bia or Air Sey­chelles.

Gold mem­bers fly­ing on Eti­had-op­er­ated flights will be el­i­gi­ble to use the air­line’s busi­ness class lounge in Ter­mi­nals 1 and 3 at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional, while pre­vi­ously gold mem­bers trav­el­ling in econ­omy have only had ac­cess to the Al Reem lounge.

The number of re­ward miles has in­creased on two fare classes – “J” in busi­ness will go to 200 per cent and “F” in first to 275 per cent. From Jan­uary 15, the number of Guest miles re­quired for a “guest seat” (re­served for mem­bers and avail­able at re­duced fares with fixed mileage cost) will de­crease on cer­tain routes but in­crease on oth­ers.

There will also be an in­crease in the miles re­quired for up­grades. Eti­had says: “There will be an in­crease of US$50 on the car­rier sur­charge across some of our busi­ness and first class routes.” eti­had.com

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