How to earn American Airlines miles on Etihad flights

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Last updated on July 13th, 2023
Originally published on May 25, 2023

Although it’s not part of an airline alliance, Etihad Airways’ partnership with American Airlines enables the Abu Dhabi-based carrier to reach more destinations and offer more flight choices. Etihad’s agreement with American Airlines also allows passengers to earn AAdvantage miles for Etihad flights.

Earned miles are based on the flight distance and a class of service multiplier. Read on to learn how to get Etihad flights credited to your American AAdvantage account, how to discern if flights are eligible to earn miles, and how to tell how many miles your flight will earn.

When do I add my AAdvantage account to Etihad flights?

You can add your American Airlines AAdvantage account information to an Etihad flight during the booking process or after the flight, provided it’s been at least 3 days.

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How to add an American AAdvantage account when booking Etihad flights

Here’s how to credit Etihad miles to your American Airlines AAdvantage account during the booking process.

1. Search for flights on the Etihad Airways website.

How to earn American miles on Etihad flights, step 1: Search for flights

2. Select the desired flights and fare type.

How to earn American miles on Etihad flights, step 2: Select flights

3. On the passenger information screen, click “enter your loyalty programme number”. Select American Airlines from the drop-down list and enter your AAdvantage number.

How to earn American miles on Etihad flights, step 3: enter AAdvantage number

4. Enter passenger information and click the “Continue” button. Follow the instructions to complete the booking.

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How to add Etihad flights to your American Airlines account after the flights

You can request to add Etihad flights to an American Airlines AAdvantage account after the flights if it’s been at least 3 days since the last flight. Use this form to make the request.

Enter your AAdvantage number and 13-digit ticket number. You may be asked for additional information which you can find on your boarding pass stub and / or ticket receipt.

How can I tell if Etihad flights are eligible to earn American Airlines miles?

Only the Etihad fare classes shown in the table below are eligible to earn miles with American; if a fare class doesn’t appear in the the table, it’s not eligible. You can view the fare classes that are associated with each fare type offered by Etihad here.

How many American miles do Etihad flights earn?

Etihad flight tickets are eligible to earn American Airlines miles based on the distance flown and the fare class. The table below shows AAdvantage earning rates for all eligible Etihad fare classes.

Cabin classFare classBase miles (x flight distance)Cabin class bonus
FirstP100%300%
FirstF, A100%175%
BusinessJ100%100%
BusinessC, D100%75%
BusinessW, Z100%30%
EconomyR100%10%
EconomyY, B100%
EconomyH, K, M, Q75%
EconomyL, V, U, E, G50%
EconomyT25%
Can I earn American Airlines miles on Etihad flights?

Yes. You can earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles for flights on Etihad Airways.

Are Etihad and American Airlines partners?

Etihad and American Airlines are interline partners that sell itineraries for one another, provide continuous baggage service, and allow passengers to earn miles on each other’s flights.

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Is Etihad part of Oneworld Alliance?

Etihad Airways is not part of the Oneworld airline alliance but has partnerships with some of its members, including American Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, and SriLankan Airlines.

Is Etihad part of Star Alliance?

Etihad Airways isn’t part of Star Alliance but does have partnership agreements with many of its members, including Air New Zealand, Air Canada, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Egyptair, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Swiss Airlines, and Turkish Airlines.

Is Etihad part of the Skyteam alliance?

Etihad Airways isn’t part of Star Alliance but does have partnership agreements with many of its members, including Air Europa, Air France, China Eastern, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle Eastern Airlines, and Saudia.



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