In the past week Etihad have devalued their award chart for one of their European partners, Brussels Airlines. Etihad are partnered with several airlines, but using Etihad Guest miles to travel on Brussels Airlines was one of the best ways to get the best value for bum-in-seat miles. The rates quoted on their award chart pre-devaluation started at 930 Etihad Guest miles for return flights between Brussels and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The same journey now costs 10,000 Etihad Guest miles – that’s a huge increase in the amount of Etihad Guest miles required for the same journey. That being said, the changes to the Brussels Airlines award redemptions chart now align the airline more comparably across other Etihad partners.
Two Enhancements To The New Award Chart
One-way award redemptions are now available, and are charged at half of the return ticket, which is fair. One-way redemptions are great if you don’t have enough points for a return ticket, want to empty out a small Etihad Guest mileage balance, or are planning a complex trip where you don’t need a return ticket.
Another enhancement to the award chart is that more destinations have been added. The original award chart had a limited selection of Brussels Airlines destinations, while the new chart appears to have more options, with the furthest being Mumbai, India.
Bookings still have to be made through the UK call center by calling 0345 6081225.
Brussels Airlines Award Chart Pre-Devaluation
Brussels Airlines Award Chart Post-Devaluation
It appears that all redemptions have been impacted, more so for the shorter distance flights.
- Brussels to Paris Charles de Gaulle return flights in economy originally cost 930 Etihad Guest miles, and have now increased to 10,000 Etihad Guest miles
- Brussels to London Heathrow return flights in business class originally cost 2,060 Etihad Guest miles, and have now increased to 18,000 Etihad Guest miles
- Brussels to New York JFK return flights in economy originally cost 21,972 Etihad Guest miles, and have now increased to 54,000 Etihad Guest miles
- Brussels to New York JFK return flights in business class originally cost 36,620 Etihad Guest miles, and have now increased to 88,000 Etihad Guest miles
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