Buying airline miles is a fastly growing tactic from airlines to bring in more revenue. Airlines like Alaska, Amercian, United and Avianca make massive profits every year from people buying miles. Heck even Qantas and Virgin Australia sell miles but at quite poor value and those are quite limited amounts.

Well now the next airline to sell miles in bulk is Etihad. Members are able to purchase upto 100,000 points in a calender year and they come in losts of 60,000 miles. The miles will post into your account withing 24 hours of purchasing them.

To head over and purchase Etihad miles, the link for the page is here.

The website page explains how to do it and even suggests using a co-branded credit card.

 As I said earlier, the airline sells the miles in lots of 60,000. The overall value for 1 mile is valued at 0.02$ according to Etihad’s website.

Here is what Etihad charge for miles: (all prices in USD)

  • 1000 – $20
  • 2000 – $40
  • 3000 – $60
  • 4000 – $80
  • 5000 – $100
  • 6000 – $120
  • 7000 – $140
  • 8000 – $160
  • 9000 – $180
  • 10000 – $200
  • 11000 – $220
  • 12000 – $240
  • 13000 – $260
  • 14000 – $280
  • 15000 – $300
  • 16000 – $320
  • 17000 – $340
  • 18000 – $360
  • 19000 – $380
  • 20000 – $400
  • 21000 – $420
  • 22000 – $440
  • 23000 – $460
  • 24000 – $480
  • 25000 – $500
  • 26000 – $520
  • 27000 – $540
  • 28000 – $560
  • 29000 – $580
  • 30000 – $600
  • 31000 – $620
  • 32000 – $640
  • 33000 – $660
  • 34000 – $680
  • 35000 – $700
  • 36000 – $720
  • 37000 – $740
  • 38000 – $760
  • 39000 – $780
  • 40000 – $800
  • 41000 – $820
  • 42000 – $840
  • 43000 – $860
  • 44000 – $880
  • 45000 – $900
  • 46000 – $920
  • 47000 – $940
  • 48000 – $960
  • 49000 – $980
  • 50000 – $1000
  • 51000 – $1020
  • 52000 – $1040
  • 53000 – $1060
  • 54000 – $1080
  • 55000 – $1100
  • 56000 – $1120
  • 57000 – $1140
  • 58000 – $1160
  • 59000 – $1180
  • 60000 – $1200

Does buying Etihad miles present good value?

As with most programs, it’s always how you use them. 100,000 points isn’t enough Guest points for a First Class redemption from Abu Dhabi to Sydney but you could use those points to upgrade an existing Business Class booking.

Etihad used to have some amazing rates from Brussels, they were only 36,620 miles in Business Class to New York but they now cost 88,000 miles which is a massive increase! for more on this head over to One Mile At a Time.

Etihad A380 Business Class

You can also use Etihad Guest miles for short-haul Australian flights on Virgin Australia as well as hops over to New Zealand, these are some great sweetspots.

Routes like Sydney – Cairns is only 13,800 Eithad points for Business Class, Virgin charge double that!

Sydney – Queenstown is another fantastic redemption at only 13,800 points in Business. There’s quite a few fantastic ones and it’s best to look at the award chart and find what you are looking for.

If you’re short on miles, you can also transfer over American Express Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 transfer rate.