Eti­had Guest over­haul an­nounced

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Eti­had Air­ways is mak­ing a num­ber of changes to its Guest scheme from July 8.

Earn­ing miles: The num­ber of Eti­had Guest miles earned will change in seven of the air­line’s 13 fare classes. Five fares – first class R, busi­ness class D and econ­omy classes T, L and Q – will of­fer more miles, while two – busi­ness class Z and econ­omy class E – will of­fer fewer.

Re­demp­tion rates: In econ­omy, the num­ber of miles re­quired for a Guest Seat will fall on flights over 6,000 miles and stay the same for flights less than 6,000. In busi­ness, the num­ber of miles will stay the same on flights over 6,000 miles and in­crease be­low 6,000. In first class, re­demp­tion rates will in­crease on all sec­tors.

Us­ing miles for up­grades: The air­line says “route, cabin and fare class of the orig­i­nal book­ing will de­ter­mine the num­ber of miles re­quired for the up­grade but, over­all, the num­ber of miles re­quired for an up­grade will in­crease”. Those who buy “break­ing deals” fares won’t be able to use miles to up­grade.

Fuel sur­charges: Eti­had says sur­charges levied on some Guest Seats into Abu Dhabi will be re­moved. In­stead, a “car­rier charge” will be added to Guest Seat book­ings: US$50 per sec­tor in econ­omy, US$100 in busi­ness, and US$150 in first class.

More Guest Seats: The min­i­mum num­ber of Guest Seats avail­able in busi­ness will go up by 20 per cent, equat­ing to an ex­tra 1,000 seats on pop­u­lar routes each month. There will be at least five econ­omy Guest Seats on ev­ery flight.

Us­ing miles for Open Seats: Mem­bers will be able to use miles to­wards “break­ing deals” fares in econ­omy and busi­ness. A dis­count of up to 30 per cent will be avail­able for a busi­ness and first class Open Seat on ten pop­u­lar routes, in­clud­ing from Abu Dhabi to Lon­don. eti­had.com

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