Etihad has launched an interesting promotion for redemption flights (i.e. flights booked using your Etihad Guest miles). Until the end of 10 December 2014, they will reward anyone who books an Etihad redemption flight by giving them 25% of the miles they redeem back as a bonus, up to a maximum of 50,000.
You need to travel by 31 December 2015 (so while the booking window is tight, the travel window is not), and the bonus miles will be credited to your account once the journey has completed.
While this does not reduce the threshold number of miles you need to actually book the redemption flight, it’s a great way of effectively reducing your mileage spend, as the net effect is a 25% reduction in the number of miles you’ve burned on the redemption (e.g. spend 100k miles on a 100k redemption flight, take the flight, and then your Etihad Guest account will be reloaded with 25k miles).
The full terms and conditions are as follows:
*25% Redemption Bonus Offer Terms and Conditions
This offer is eligible for redemptions on Etihad GuestSeats, OpenSeats, & the Miles portion of the Miles + Cash redemption option. The 25% Bonus miles will only be awarded against the value of the miles redeemed. To receive the bonus, guests must book their redemption flight(s) between November 28th 2014 to December 10th 2014. The Etihad Guest Member making the redemption booking must be a passenger on this travel itinerary. The bonus miles will be only be awarded once the entire journey has been completed by the Etihad Guest Member who booked the redemption flight. If there is any ticket refund, full or partial, the complete value of the bonus miles will be deducted from the member account (taking into account the refund amount). All travel must be completed by December 31st, 2015. The maximum number of bonus miles awarded per redemption for this promotion is 50,000 Guest Miles. No black-out dates apply. Etihad Guest reserves the right to change this promotion at any time.
Etihad Guest redemptions are generally pretty good, with decent availability, reasonable mileage and very competitive tax rates, particularly out of Abu Dhabi.