Back at the beginning of June (and again in July), Etihad was offering a status match to the first 500 members to send in a scanned copy of their gold or higher tier membership card and mileage statement from any other airline. I never heard back and just assumed that I was not one of the first 500. However, yesterday I received the following email from Etihad:
Great, so now what? Well, the majority of benefits for Gold members are already provided to passengers traveling in first or business class and are only available when actually flying on Etihad. As they are not a member of an alliance, there are no reciprocal lounge benefits either. However, they do have one valuable benefit for Gold members which is not otherwise available:
Chauffeur Service – Etihad Guest Gold members can enjoy this service at all points throughout their journey when traveling in our Pearl Business or Diamond First Class.
I wasn’t sure if this applied to award flights, but I just called and I’m now confirmed for chauffeur pickup on my “Burn my HHonors Points” Maldives trip for December! Well worth the 5 minutes it took me to apply for the match…
Did you receive your match?