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Your Etihad booking reference or reservation code has only 6 characters – either all alphabets or alpha-numerical. Booking references appear differently based on where you booked your ticket.

If you find a difficulty finding your Etihad booking reference, kindly send your ticket number starting with 607 to to check the eligibility and send you an offer link to place a bid for an upgrade.

You have finally submitted your offer and a confirmation have been sent to your preferred email address. Do you want to increase your chances of getting upgrades? Do you want to strengthen your bid? Have you changed your mind? A link to your offer details is included in the confirmation email that allows you make changes to your bid as required.

Please retain the email as it allows you to check the status, modify or cancel your offer, via this link, at any time.

Should you require any further assistance, please contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for the Etihad Select Upgrade service?
If you are flying with Etihad Airways, holding a confirmed ticket document number that starts with 607, and are not under the categories mentioned below, then you are eligible for the Etihad Select Upgrade service (subjected to seats availability).

Categories not eligible for Etihad Select Upgrade:

  • Tickets booked as ‘Breaking Deals’ fares  (booked in classes T, E for Economy Class and Z for Business Class)
  • Tickets booked through Guest Seat rewards
  • Redemption tickets
  • Free tickets
  • Tickets already upgraded using miles
  • Multi-flyer tickets
  • Group bookings
  • Ticket with infant

Who will receive an Etihad Select Upgrade email notification
Etihad Guest members are given high preference to receive the upgrade email. The criteria to receive an email notification are:

  • Purchased ticket issued on Etihad Airways document number 607
  • Flight booked at least 3 days prior to departure
  • Confirmed Business Class or Economy Class ticket booked in eligible Fare Family
  • Valid email address or valid Etihad Guest member number (this should be updated on the booking record)

Are there only certain destinations that the upgrade is applicable for?
Upgrades are not restricted to any destination. The opportunity to upgrade depends on the number of seats available on each flight.

Can I use the Etihad Select Upgrade on Etihad Airways flights which are operated by its partner airlines?
The Etihad Select Upgrade is available for some of our flights operated by our partner airlines, where ticket issued in Etihad Airways document starts with 607. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for these flights on our partner airlines.


When I try to enter my booking reference and last name a mismatch error massage appear, what should I do in this case?
Please check your Etihad 6-letter Booking reference/Last Name and try again. You can send an email to quoting your ticket number starting with 607 for further assistance.

Would you be sending me a confirmation SMS in the event my offer is successful?
No, you will only receive a confirmation email from Etihad but you may get an SMS from your bank to advise of  a charge to your credit card.

My offer has been successful and Etihad has informed me via email. However, I have not seen the email. Will I be notified at the time of check-in?
Yes, you will be notified at the time of check-in.

I cancelled my original offer, but now I would like to make a new offer.  How can I do this?
After cancelling your initial offer, you can make a new offer using the links in the original upgrade offer email that was sent to you.

What will happen if I have made an offer and it has not been successful?
You will receive an email 24 hours prior to departure informing you that your offer has been unsuccessful. No amount will be deducted from your card and you can travel with your existing ticket.

During check-in you may want to ask for an Airport Instant Upgrade, in case premium seats become available. Note that this upgrade does not include the lounge access and is sold at a fixed price.

If I received an email informing me that my offer has been unsuccessful, can I make an offer again?
No, if your offer has been unsuccessful, another offer cannot be made. 

Is it possible to upgrade my confirmed Economy Class ticket to a First Class ticket?
No, your confirmed Economy Class ticket can only be upgraded to the next higher cabin which is Business Class.

Will I have the option to choose my seat at the time of upgrade?
No, you cannot choose your seat at the time of online upgrade. You can request for your preferred seat during check-in.

I have booked for 5 guests under the same booking reference. Is it possible to upgrade for two guests only?
If you have booked via Etihad Airways, you can call our Global Contact Centres and ask the agent to split your booking. If you have booked via travel trade, you can ask your travel agent to split your booking.

Request for booking split should be done 3 days prior to the departure date to avoid the expiry of offer submission. 

I am too late to make an offer, what are my chances of securing an upgrade?
Your chance of securing a seat depends on its availability. You should ask when you check in if it is possible to upgrade using an Airport Instant Upgrade.

What are the documents that I need to present at the airport?
For confirmation purposes, you need to bring your updated travel itinerary that was issued when your upgrade was successful or your online check-in details and credit card that was used for purchasing the upgrade.

I have a booking and my family are on a different booking, if I submitted an upgrade offer for all the bookings, will you link those offers together?
To have the upgrade offers linked, please send an email to We will put a note in the system to link the offers together.


Can I choose any amount I want for my upgrade offer?
The system has a default minimum and maximum bid amount set. It will not accept any offer lower than the minimum amount or higher than the maximum amount.

What does the strength indicator mean on the offer page?
The strength indicator is a guide that shows the strength of your bid but does not guarantee its success.

Can I offer different amounts for the upgrade for each segment of my journey?
Yes, you can offer different amounts for each eligible segment.

Can I change my offer to a higher or lower amount?
Yes, you can change the amount before you receive a confirmation email informing you whether your offer has been successful or not. All you need to do to change your offer is to use the link from the upgrade offer email.

Are there any taxes to be paid when using Etihad Select Upgrade?
The airport departure taxes are applicable in certain countries. Therefore any extra charges will be shown clearly in the upgrade offer submission process.

What fare rules apply for my upgraded ticket?
The same rules apply as the original fare purchased, including change fees and cancellation penalties.

If I have an existing offer and wish to use a different card, how can I change my card information?
You need to cancel your current offer first if inside the offer deadline window. Only after cancellation will you be able to submit a new offer using your preferred card.

When your offer is selected for processing but failed, you will receive an email with a link to enter your new card details.

Will the amount I offered be refunded if the flight where I have been upgraded has been cancelled?
In the event of a flight cancellation from Etihad, we will try to accommodate you in the upgraded cabin on your next flight. Otherwise, we will refund the full upgrade amount (within 10 days) to the card used for purchase.

My offer for upgrade has been successful. However, I would like to cancel my ticket for that segment of journey. Will the amount I offered for the upgrade be refunded?
If you are cancelling/changing your ticket, then no refund will be offered for the upgrade. The same rule applies if you are cancelling/changing your entire trip and one segment of your journey has been upgraded.

My offer for upgrade has been successful. However I would like to change another segment of journey on the same ticket. My travel agent is not able to reissue the ticket.
Once your ticket is reissued by an Etihad office for Etihad Select Upgrade, any subsequent changes to the ticket can be done by the Etihad Select Upgrade system. For such changes,

I have already purchased an Extra Leg Room seat on my existing booking. What will happen if I get upgraded with any of the Etihad upgrade program?
The amount paid for an Extra Leg Room seat will be refunded when you are upgraded to Business Class.

What are my available payment options?
Currently, the only available option is payment through credit card.


What are the benefits for an upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class?

  • On the segment of the flight that you have been upgraded to, you are eligible for Business class baggage allowance.
  • You can carry additional baggage based on your tier within the Etihad Guest programme.
  • You are entitled to priority boarding and check-in and have access to our Business Class lounges. 
  • Etihad chauffeur services will not be available for upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class.

What are the benefits for an upgrade from Business Class to First Class?

  • On the segment of the flight that you have been upgraded to, you are eligible for First class baggage allowance. You can carry additional baggage based on your tier within the Etihad Guest programme.
  • You are entitled to priority boarding and check-in and have access to our First Class lounges.
  • All Etihad Guest members and non-Etihad Guest members will get 2 one-way chauffeur-driven transfers to or from the airport. If you are a Silver, Gold or Platinum Etihad Guest member, you can enjoy up to 8 chauffeur driven transfers to or from the airport.

When one segment of my trip is upgraded, what is the additional baggage allowance for my whole trip?
Additional baggage allowance applies only on the segment that has been upgraded.

For example, A confirmed ticket from Sydney to London has the first segment (Sydney-Abu Dhabi) upgraded. Additional baggage allowance applies only on the upgraded segment (Sydney-Abu Dhabi). For the remaining segment (Abu Dhabi-London), your baggage allowance will depend on the cabin booked. 

Will I earn Etihad Guest Miles for an Etihad Select Upgrade?
Yes, you will earn Etihad Guest Miles for the upgrade. You will earn the base miles (as per the flown distance) plus a 10% additional bonus for the relevant cabin upgrade. Only Etihad Guest members are eligible for bonus miles. Platinum, Gold and Silver members will continue to earn the Tier Bonus which is always calculated on the base miles earned, hence the upgrade does not affect the number of miles awarded. Tier Miles & Segments will be earned as per the upgraded cabin.

If you have any concerns or need further clarification please write to

Data Privacy

Transfer of personal information

We need to transfer personal information to the Etihad group of companies as well as allow third party service providers to process your personal information where this is needed in connection with a service they provide to us. This means your personal information may be located in various countries around the world, such as the U.S and the UAE.

Please note that different privacy laws may apply in these countries from any laws that may apply in the country where you are located. We will always strive to adopt the highest standards of privacy protection, wherever your personal information is located and adopt appropriate measures (consistent with locally applicable privacy laws) to secure an adequate level of privacy protection.  

For more information and to access the Etihad Privacy Policy, please click here.

Please click here or write to the Ethics and Compliance Office, Etihad Airways, PO Box 35566, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates if you have any concerns about our compliance with applicable privacy laws - we will aim to respond to your concerns as soon as possible and we may make seek further information from you in order to provide a full and complete response. In some countries, you may have rights to raise the matter with a relevant data protection authority or ombudsman.

Terms and Conditions

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  1. The following terms and conditions ("Terms and Conditions") shall apply to an offer (“Offer”) made by you (“Guest”, “you”) to Etihad Airways (“Etihad”, “we”, “us”) for an opportunity to upgrade from the class of service that was originally purchased for travel with Etihad to one class of service higher (“Upgrade”).
  2. You must be at least 21 years of age and able to enter into binding contracts. You shall be deemed to have the authority to act on behalf of and to bind the person or persons named or included on the Offer to these Terms and Conditions.
  3. Guests may only submit one Offer per flight which corresponds to the purchased ticket issued on Etihad Airways document number 607, and offers must always be made and paid by using a credit card. Minimum/Maximum upgrade offer values apply.
  4. An Offer, when submitted by you in association with a booking made with Etihad, whether made directly with Etihad or indirectly through other means, and presented to Etihad, shall entitle the person or persons named on the Offer, subject to these Terms and Conditions, to be considered for an Upgrade.
  5. Etihad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to decide whether or not to accept your Offer, and it makes no representation that any Guest will be upgraded regardless of whether or not seats are available in the class of service for which an Offer is being made.
  6. You may revise or cancel your Offer through the hyperlink on the offer email before 28 hours of your departure, provided that your Offer has not already been accepted by Etihad and provided your credit card has not been charged. However, if your Offer is accepted before you cancel or amend your Offer, you are legally bound to complete payment for the price stated in your original Offer.
  7. Etihad Select Upgrade is not eligible for the following bookings: Tickets booked using promotional fares and Guest Seat rewards, redemption tickets, free tickets; tickets already upgraded using miles, ticket with infant, and multi-flyer tickets.
  8. An Offer that complies with these Terms and Conditions will be valid (“Valid Offer”) from the time of its submission to Etihad, with the validity of the offer expiring at the scheduled departure date and time, or, in the event that the flight has been delayed, the time at which the airplane doors have been closed for departure. Furthermore, should you cancel your Offer, the offer shall no longer be a Valid Offer.
  9. In the event Etihad re-accommodates you on to another flight for whatever reason other than your default, any Offer you made in relation to the original booking may be transferred to the new flight(s), subject to availability of the upgraded class.
  10. Etihad may accept your Offer any time during the period it remains a Valid Offer. In the event Etihad accepts your Offer, your credit card shall be charged the full amount immediately upon acceptance, and Etihad will revalidate your existing ticket reflecting an Upgrade for each Guest included in your original flight booking. You will receive an updated travel itinerary highlighting the new cabin of service. The total amount charged will include all applicable pre-payable taxes and fees (if any) for the Upgrade. The total amount that you must pay to us will be disclosed to you prior to you submitting your Offer. An Upgrade that has been issued by Etihad can be changed or transferred only in accordance with applicable Fare Rules and our Condition of Carriage.
  11. The charge on your credit card may appear in the name of “Etihad Select Upgrade”. You agree that you cannot challenge or dispute a charge for reason of the name appearing on the credit card statement is Etihad Select Upgrade.
  12. There will be no refunds, credits, or exchanges once your Offer has been accepted by Etihad and your credit card has been charged, except under the following conditions:
    - The flight for which your Offer was accepted and you were upgraded was cancelled, and Etihad re-accommodated you on another flight but in the class of service of your original booking, in which case the amount paid for the Upgrade will be refunded to the payment card that was used to pay for the Upgrade and Etihad shall have not further liability to you.
    - Your Offer was accepted and you were given an Upgrade, but you were not able to be seated in the upgraded class of service for reasons attributable to Etihad, including, but not limited to, a change in equipment, a delay in the connecting flight that resulted in your missing the connection on which you were upgraded, but excluding reasons attributable to your actions, including, but not limited to, you on your own volition opting to change flights, you missing a flight.
    - You are entitled to refunds, credits, or exchanges under applicable Fare Rules and/or our Conditions of Carriage.
  13. Should refunds be approved, they will be processed in the currency in which the Upgrade amount was charged. Such refunds would be limited to amount charged for the upgrade and no bank related charges will be refunded, note that refund usually takes about 10 working days to reflect in your account.
  14. The fare conditions for the original ticket you purchased shall remain in effect and will be applicable even if your Offer has been accepted and you have been upgraded, including, but not limited to, cancellation policies, change fees, baggage allowance, and rules relating to the accrual of frequent flyer miles.
  15. If the Guest changes their ticket, Etihad Airways has no obligation to seat them in the upgraded class of service, unless they pay for the Upgrade as per the airlines’ standard change policies and the policies and conditions associated with the fare class of original ticket.
  16. Etihad does not guarantee specific seat assignments to Guests whose Offers are accepted and who are upgraded. Etihad does not guarantee that you will be offered a meal for the class of service to which you have been upgraded, nor other amenities generally associated with the class of service to which you have been upgraded.
  17. Etihad chauffeur services will not be available for upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class.
  18. Lounge access applies only on the upgraded segment. For example if a guest was upgraded on Sydney-Abu Dhabi, the guest is eligible to use the lounge in Sydney airport, not in Abu Dhabi.
  19. Please re-view extra legroom terms and conditions. If guest has already purchased extra leg room seat and later upgraded to Business Class via Etihad upgrade program, Etihad Global Contact Centers or purchase an upgrade at airport, amount paid for Extra Leg Room seat will be refunded.
  20. The following Etihad Airways flights are eligible for Etihad Select Upgrade which are operated by our Codeshare Partners airline:

    Etihad Airways codeshare flights*

    Route (to/from)

    Partner airline

    EY 5995 | EY5994


    Air Serbia (JU)

    EY 1401 | EY 1402 | EY1753 | EY1752


    airberlin (AB)

    EY 1997 | EY1998


    airberlin (AB)

    EY2870 | EY2871


    Alitalia (AZ)

    EY 7065 | EY 7064


    Alitalia (AZ)

    EY 4111 |  EY 4118


    Air Seychelles (HM)

    EY 1757 | EY 1756


    airberlin (AB)

    EY 6450 | EY 6451


    Virgin Australia (VA)

    EY 2878 | EY 2879


    Alitalia (AZ)

    EY 1981 | EY 1980


    NIKI (HG)

    *Business Class product and services will be operated by our partner airlines. 

  21. Bonus miles will be credited only for Etihad Guest members, Members of other airline loyalty programs are not entitled to bonus miles.
  22. In the event your Offer was accepted and your credit card was charged the Offer amount but the Upgrade was not provided, you may apply for a refund.  Your request must include the original boarding pass for the flight in question.  If you are not able to provide the original boarding pass for the flight in dispute, Etihad is under no obligation to refund you for the amount you paid for the Upgrade.
  23. Etihad reserves the right to modify and otherwise change these Terms and Conditions at their own discretion. Except as provided for in the preceding sentence, no amendment, modification or waiver to these Terms and Conditions shall be binding on Etihad unless made in writing and signed by an authorized officer of Etihad.
  24. These terms and conditions should be read in conjunction with Etihad Airways’ Condition of Carriage, Website Terms of Use, and Privacy and Security Policy which you can read on

The failure of Etihad to exercise any of its rights shall not be construed as a waiver or relinquishment of the future performance of any of its rights, and your obligations with respect to such future performance shall continue in full force and effect.