Etihad and Saudia announce new earn and burn partnership

Members of the Etihad Guest and Saudia Alfursan programmes can now earn and redeem miles on flights across both carriers’ networks

UAE’s Etihad Airways and Saudi flag carrier Saudia have announced a new reciprocal loyalty agreement, expanding on the existing codeshare deal between the two airlines.

Members of the Etihad Guest and Saudia Alfursan programmes can now earn and redeem miles on flights across both carriers’ networks. Loyalty programme members from both airlines will also be able to earn Tier Miles and Tier Segments, helping them progress to the next tier level more quickly. In addition, members will be able to earn miles on Etihad and Saudia codeshare flights.

Etihad Airways executive director of guest experience, brand and marketing Terry Daly said: “As the aviation industry begins to restart and guests return to the skies, this partnership strengthens the airlines’ commitment to growing inbound business and tourism in their respective markets. It complements Etihad’s existing codeshare agreement with Saudia and opens more destinations for Etihad Guest members to earn and spend their miles through travel.”

Saudia chief commercial officer  Khalid Al-Bassam added: “We’re pleased to strengthen our partnership with Etihad through this latest agreement, which further builds on our shared history of successful collaboration. By offering our guests more opportunities to earn miles we are bringing greater value, flexibility and convenience to their travel experience, which will help fuel growth in demand and contribute to our goal of enhancing the Kingdom’s aviation and tourism sectors.”

The partners are also re-launching their codeshare cooperation beyond each other’s hubs. Under this extensive commercial partnership, which has seen more than 110,000 passenger journeys facilitated over the past two years, Saudia has added its ‘SV’ code to 15 destinations on the Etihad network in Saudi Arabia, Asia, the US and Europe. Similarly, Etihad has added its ‘EY’ code to Saudia destinations in the kingdom and Pakistan. 

The move facilitates growth and recovery for both airlines and provides greater choice, convenience and flexibility for guests and freight customers.

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