Etihad to increase frequency to the Maldives for the summer months

Perfect for a weekend get-away

Etihad has announced that they will add 4 addition weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Male, the capital of Maldives, between July 1 and September 17 2017.

This will be in addition to the daily flight they are already operating to this island paradise, making it 11 weekly flight between the two capitals.

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American Offering up to 50% extra miles when purchasing miles.

American Airlines AAdvantage program is now offering a promotion if you want to buy miles, specifically up to 50% bonus miles for free, depending on how many miles you do want to buy.

I know it might sound a little bit off topic for the Sandpit to be talking about AAdvantage miles, however, there is a (actually 2) very good reasons behind it. First of all, American Airlines is part of the OneWorld alliance, meaning that their miles can be used to redeem flights with Qatar Airways. Secondly, they are also a partner with Etihad Guest, meaning that you can use AAdvantage for flights with Etihad.

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50.000 Bonus miles with ADCB Credit Card

ADCB Etihad Guest above credit cards

ADCB has just published another promotion, one that I myself see no chance to participate in, but they are giving out 50.000 bonus Etihad Guest miles to the top 10 spenders in non-AED currency on their creditcard.

This means you have to spend in any other currency that AED (for example online shopping on or similar), and be one of the top 10 spenders among all ADCB credit card holders between now and January 15th to be eligible for this bonus.

I would not even dare to guess how much the biggest spenders put on their creditcard in one month, but I am sure it is quite a lot more than my budget, but good luck to those who wants to try 🙂

Up to 20.000 extra Etihad Guest Miles for ADCB card holders

ADCB Etihad Guest above credit cards

This is possibly a targeted promotion, but I have just received the following text from ADCB:

Earn 2.500 bonus Etihad Guest Miles with every AED 2.500 spent with your ADCB Credit Card. Offer valid on shopping and dining purchases made locally until 28 January 2017. Maximum bonus of 20.000 Etihad Guest Miles. T&Cs apply

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2016 and what to expect in 2017

So, 2016 has come to and end, and 2017 is just about starting.

It has been the first year for this blog, but hopefully I will be able to keep it going for a while longer. It has been my first attempt at blogging, and there has been a lot to learn, and a lot of mistakes made. I am still trying to learn as much as I can, but as long as my daily average hits is in the area of 12-18 readers pr day I guess it will be a while longer before I can resign from my current job and become a full time traveler and blogger ;D

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Up to 600 dirhams cashback with CitiBank Creditcards

Citbanks best card for earning miles with Etihad, Emirated and Qatar Airways
Citbanks best card for earning miles with Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways

Citibank is now offering up to 600 dirhams cashbak if you apply for any of their credit cards online.

The only requirement for getting the cashback is that you have to spend at least 5000 dirhams on the creditcard to get 300 dirhams statement credit, or 10000 dirhams to get 600 dirhams credited back to your account. This means up to 6% back on your spends for the first 10.000 dirhams you spend on the card, a better deal than most deals you can find out there right now.


The promotion seems to be valid for a selection of CitiBanks Credit Cards, my favorite that I am currently using myself is the Premier Miles, where you earn Citi miles on all your spends, which you can then credit to any airline program you choose (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways and many others) at a 1:1 ratio, making it an excellent currency if you are not particularly loyal to just one of them.

CitiBank's Cerdit Card Promotion
CitiBank’s Crrdit Card Promotion

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30% discount on Etihad economy and business class – 2 days only!


A special offer is available with an exclusive 30 per cent discount off available fares when staff, their friends or family purchase Economy or Business Class tickets online to any destination on the Etihad Airways network between November 8 and 12, for travel between January 15 and June 30, 2017.

Bookings under this offer can be made on using promotion code STFBUS for Business Class and STFECO for Economy Class travel.

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ADCB 150.000 miles promo ending today.


A few weeks ago I wrote about the new promotion for ADCB credit card, and this promotion is coming to an end today.

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Etihad 24 hour sale is on!


Etihad has just announced their 24 hour worldwide sale, at it comes with some great deals on certain destinations, and incredible availability.

I have tried to make a few mock bookings, and all destinations I searched had available flights on the dates I selected, and at the price that was advertised! I quite often find it hard to find the promotion fares, but this time it was not the case, availability is everywhere.

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Transfer miles to Etihad with a 20% bonus


For the remaining part of October Etihad Guest members can transfer miles from partner programs to their Etihad Guest account with a 20% bonus.

This promotion has been run a few times before by Etihad Guest, and is a good opportunity to get rid of miles in other programs that you are anyway not able to spend on anything, but I am not sure if I would do it if I was planning to use those miles for something within the original loyalty program, or if you don’t have any plans to spend miles with Etihad in the next couple of months.

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