Etihad has announced that they are now a transfer partner with Starwood, meaning you’ll get the normal 5,000 mile bonus for transferring 20,000 miles into the Etihad Guest program.
Etihad’s own award chart isn’t great, so this won’t help much there. But they do have a bunch of partner airlines, and there are some great values to be had in those charts (unless I’m mistaken, I believe there are fuel surcharges included with partner airlines, though please correct me if I’m wrong there). That aside (well, you can’t really brush off those fuel surcharges so easily, but still…), here’s where I think there’s good redemption values on partner airlines with Etihad (all mileage below is roundtrip):
BRUSSELS AIRLINES (chart here)
Short-haul intra-European is 5,500 miles in coach.
Brussels to West Africa is 35k-40k miles in coach, 58k-66k in business (60k/90k if you used United miles)
ANA (chart here)
US – Tokyo is 65k/95k/120k (United charges 120k in biz and 135k in First)
ALITALIA (chart here)
Short-haul intra-European is 7k miles in coach
Mid-haul intra-European is 12k miles in caoch
Italy – Morocco/Lebanon/Israel/Syria/Egypt/Jordan is 18k coach, 36k business (compare to 40k/60k using SkyMiles)
Rome – Lagos is 30k/60k coach/biz (compare to 70k/100k using SkyMiles)
JET AIRWAYS (chart here)
New York – Brussels is 50k/75k/100k in coach/biz/first.
Yes, that’s a bit of a random assortment, but there’s some good mileage values there, especially within Europe. Always good to have in your back pocket.
UPDATE: Jet Airways just announced that after 5 years they’re dropping JFK-Brussels on September 10th. So much for that. They’ll still fly Newark-Brussels.