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What alternative FF programs are there to Etihad? (2018)

What alternative FF programs are there to Etihad? (2018)

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Old Feb 20, 18, 12:22 pm
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What alternative FF programs are there to Etihad? (2018)

Specifically those based in Abu Dhabi, what is an alternative FFP option we can look into?

Is the answer none?

If so, this probably explains why EY is able to do all the cuts... there's no real competition for them at least from within AUH

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Old Feb 20, 18, 7:03 pm
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EK from dxb.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 8:18 pm
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There are plenty of alternatives but the question is highly dependant upon flying frequency, routes, class of service etc etc plus of course, flexibility on stopovers & what it is that one prioritises...status, points upgrades, redemptions, credit card afilliations....YMMV
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Old Feb 20, 18, 11:21 pm
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If earn/burn is important to you, then AA would be a good choice because the premium redemption levels are noticeably lower in many cases.

However, if you have EY credit cards and/or value having elite status on EY for the benefits (including higher chance of op-up), then there's no real alternatives.

DXB is much easier to go with OW but AUH is pretty much an EY monopoly.
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Old Feb 21, 18, 12:35 am
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Bear in mind its only a 60-90 minutes drive to DXB for those that wish to capitalise on OW/*A/ST options
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Old Feb 21, 18, 1:47 am
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What still works for me (and many of us, I presume) from EY:
Close to airport
Status through credit cards

What I (increasingly) don't like about EY:
Deteriorating product (both Y and J)
Often more expensive (both from redemption + cash purchases) than even the Emirates

I was ready to move my allegiance to Qatar before they got shut off from AUH.
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Old Feb 21, 18, 3:20 am
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Bear in mind its only a 60-90 minutes drive to DXB for those that wish to capitalise on OW/*A/ST options
The drive to DXB gets old real fast, though, and adds an additional layer of uncertainty in terms of travel time. DXB T1 is not exactly an airport I am desperate to use, either.
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What still works for me (and many of us, I presume) from EY:
Close to airport
Status through credit cards
I would add guaranteed fully flat in J to the list. These days, I go into an EY flight in J with very few expectations other than sleep.
What I (increasingly) don't like about EY:
Deteriorating product (both Y and J)
Often more expensive (both from redemption + cash purchases) than even the Emirates
But with the sheer number of miles EY credit cards throw at you (both welcome bonuses and the miles for spend), it probably takes half the time to reach the same award compared to EK.
I was ready to move my allegiance to Qatar before they got shut off from AUH.
You and me both. Just my luck that the blockade started two months after I got QR Platinum QR J is vastly superior in just about every way, if you're on a 787/350/380 or a Qsuites 777.
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Old Feb 21, 18, 3:31 am
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I would add guaranteed fully flat in J to the list.
Laughable, obviously you have never flown on their ghetto a320's to MAA/CMB or Eastern Europe (including Moscow).
About 70% of all my flying (exclusively in J) is on this aircraft.
QR isn't much better in this regard as apart from a handful of 320's the rest don't have flatbeds and a few of those non-flatbed 320's have the ALMAHA interiors.
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Old Feb 21, 18, 6:08 am
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Bear in mind its only a 60-90 minutes drive to DXB for those that wish to capitalise on OW/*A/ST options
Also, DXB T1 is a veritable pleasure compared to the carnage of AUH
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Originally Posted by jaejaez View Post
What still works for me (and many of us, I presume) from EY:
Close to airport
Status through credit cards

What I (increasingly) don't like about EY:
Deteriorating product (both Y and J)
Often more expensive (both from redemption + cash purchases) than even the Emirates

I was ready to move my allegiance to Qatar before they got shut off from AUH.
You are mixing the airline and the airline frequent flyer program. They are not one and the same.
You can fly one airline and credit to another airlines ffp

The grass in not always greener on the other side
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Old Feb 21, 18, 1:09 pm
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Also, DXB T1 is a veritable pleasure compared to the carnage of AUH
Got to wonder if the Midfield terminal will become the largest RyanAir hub in the world !
All jokes aside, they won't have much to offer at this rate

I was invited to a day of helping define what the new terminal would be all about, they didn't know I was a Platinum frequent flyer with the airline it was just complete chance, it was meant to have a sub Louvre a theme park and all these unbelievably expensive things in sound dead spaces and weird and wonderful lights and so on - one wonders what will make the cut ?

they're accelerating the road building etc though a friend who supplies suggested that there's two years of wiring to be done though he's prone to exaggerate

What is the current date anyway?
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Old Feb 21, 18, 6:41 pm
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Got to wonder if the Midfield terminal will become the largest RyanAir hub in the world !
It doesn't need to be a RyanAir hub if it is an Etihad hub!
Although I have heard in the past that RyanAir may in a few years time start scheduling Long-Haul flights with a real flat-bed cabin and fit their EU fleet with real J seats.
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Old Feb 21, 18, 7:58 pm
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It doesn't need to be a RyanAir hub if it is an Etihad hub!
Although I have heard in the past that RyanAir may in a few years time start scheduling Long-Haul flights with a real flat-bed cabin and fit their EU fleet with real J seats.
No doubt at some point O'Leary will offer Long Haul with Ryanair, I'm not sure why they haven't yet, I know they were looking into it a couple of years ago..
But the flat-bed on LH and J seats on SH? (One could argue their 'priority boarding and extra legroom seat is Ryanair's J offering..)

That sounds weird coming from a company who wanted to charge 50 pence for the use of toilets onboard..
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Old Feb 21, 18, 8:02 pm
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What is the current date anyway?
you would think that they are at least targeting Expo2020. Missing that would be a terrible loss of face.
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Old Feb 21, 18, 8:04 pm
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Laughable, obviously you have never flown on their ghetto a320's to MAA/CMB or Eastern Europe (including Moscow).
About 70% of all my flying (exclusively in J) is on this aircraft.
QR isn't much better in this regard as apart from a handful of 320's the rest don't have flatbeds and a few of those non-flatbed 320's have the ALMAHA interiors.

Yea I hate those , especially on those after midnight departures where I can't keep my eyes open and just want to snooze for 3-4 hours... But instead I keep tossing and turning to find that sweet spot which doesn't exist and the flight attendant come by to put your seat into upright position.
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