Etihad and Booking.com have announced a partnership wherein you can earn Etihad Guest miles on hotel bookings.
Booking.com is one of the most popular OTAs in the hotel booking space. It partners with several airlines including Emirates. Although, not all partnerships are equally rewarding.
Etihad and Booking.com Partnership Details
Only bookings made on www.booking.com/etihadguest are eligible to earn miles. You can earn 3 to 6 miles per US$ spent. Needless to say, you need to provide the Etihad Guest account number while making reservations.
The miles will be credited within 8 to 12 weeks of completion of stay.
I tested the website to check the miles earned if I book a hotel in Dubai. For most cases, the earning is 3 miles per US$. Note that only base fare is considered to compute the earnings.
You can earn miles on both pre-paid and pay-at-hotel options. There are few properties which provide better earnings. I could see only one property on the first page. This one gives 5 miles per US$
Potential Double-dip Opportunity
The top-end version has an annual fee of AED 2,000 and offers 200,000 points on sign-up. The points can be redeemed for AED 2,000 on travel and shopping expenses.
You get 10% discount on hotel bookings made on Booking.com. I believe it can be stacked with the Etihad partnership.
Etihad Guest is one of the most versatile airline miles programs out there. You should read my ultimate guide to redeeming Etihad miles for upgrades, outright redemption and partner airlines. It is a three-part series – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
If you are looking at credit cards to earn lots of Etihad miles within UAE, see the options here.