Fast track through the airport, stretch out on board with a fully-flat bed and dine any time you’re hungry. Bid to upgrade to Business or First Class using Etihad Guest Miles or cash. Your original baggage allowance will still apply. Check your previous booking confirmation to find out how much baggage you can take with you on your trip.
As an Etihad Guest Member, you’ll earn miles from your original booking, plus we’ll give you an additional 10% bonus miles as well.
You’ll need your booking reference or ticket number to bid, which you’ll find on your flight confirmation email.
If you can’t find your booking reference, please contact our Global Contact Centres for assistance.
Remember, the higher your offer, the better your chances are of an upgrade – good luck!
We’ll review your bid and let you know if you’ve been successful. Your bid may be accepted any time after it has been submitted.
If your bid is accepted:
If your bid is not successful, you won’t need to do anything – you’ll keep your original ticket and will not be charged.
Here’s what you can expect with an upgrade to Business …
Upgrade to First and feel like you’re flying in your own private universe:
Who is eligible to bid for an upgrade?
You are eligible to bid for an upgrade if you are flying on an Etihad-operated flight with a confirmed ticket. You are not eligible for an upgrade if you have booked:
I have an Economy ticket. Can I bid to upgrade to Business and bid on an Economy Neighbour-Free seat?
Yes, you can place a bid for both – the upgrade will be considered first, and your bid for an Economy Neighbour-Free seat will be considered as a backup.
How do I pay for an upgrade?
Once your bid is successful, we’ll charge the credit card that you used to place your bid.
Other than the bid amount, do I need to pay any additional fees?
When you bid to upgrade, the airport departure taxes are applicable in certain countries. Any extra charges will be shown clearly in the upgrade offer submission process.
I have placed a bid, but I’d like to use a different card. Is that possible?
You need to cancel your current bid first if it is still inside the offer deadline window. Once you cancel the bid, you’ll be able to submit a new offer using your preferred card.
If your offer has been accepted but the card authorisation fails, you’ll receive an email with a link to enter your new card details.
Will my bid amount be refunded if my flight is cancelled?
In the event that your Etihad flight is cancelled, 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.
My bid has been successful, but I need to cancel my ticket. Will I receive a refund for my bid?
All bids are non-refundable.
My offer was successful, but at the airport, I did not receive a boarding pass for the upgraded cabin and stayed in my original seat. What should I do?
In the event that you are downgraded at the airport, call us. If the downgrade is attributed to Etihad, for example, in the case of an oversold cabin, schedule change or flight change, a full refund will be processed.
If the downgrade is caused by the passenger, a refund will not be processed.
I have already paid for a seat in Economy. What will happen if I’m upgraded to Business?
The amount that you have paid to reserve your seat will not be refunded when you are upgraded to Business.
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”):
1. You must be at least 18 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 bid to these Terms and Conditions.
2. You may submit either Upgrade or NFS Offers; or both 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 and Maximum bid values apply.
3. A bid, 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 bid, subject to these Terms and Conditions, to be considered for an Upgrade.
4. Etihad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to decide whether or not to accept your bid, 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 a bid is being made.
5. You may revise or cancel your bid up to six hours prior to your flight departure, provided that your bid has not already been accepted by Etihad and provided your credit card has not been charged. However, if your bids accepted before you cancel or amend your bid, you are legally bound to complete payment for the price stated in your original bid.
6. Etihad Select Upgrade is not eligible for the following bookings: Tickets booked using promotional fares and, redemption tickets, free tickets; already upgraded tickets, and multi-flyer tickets.
7. A bid 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. However, should you cancel your bid prior to processing; the offer shall no longer be a valid bid.
8. In the event Etihad re-accommodates you on to another flight due to operational reasons, any bids you made in relation to the original booking may be transferred to the new flight(s), subject to availability of seats in the upgraded cabin of service.
9. Etihad may accept your Offer any time during the period it remains a valid bid. In the event Etihad accepts your bid; 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’ll 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. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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 was cancelled, and Etihad re-accommodated you on another flight but in the cabin 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 bid and Etihad shall have not further liability to you.
- In the even the aircraft was downgraded from a wide body to a narrow body for any operational reasons, then the amount paid for the upgrade to Business class will be refunded
- Your bid 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.
12. 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, and will take about 10 – 15 working days to reflect in your account.
13. The fare conditions for the original ticket you purchased shall remain in effect and will be applicable even if your bid 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.
14. If you change your ticket, Etihad Airways has no obligation to seat you in the upgraded cabin, unless you pay for the Upgrade as per the airlines’ standard change policies and the policies and conditions associated with the fare class of original ticket.
15. Etihad does not guarantee specific seat assignments to Guests whose bids are accepted.
16. Etihad chauffeur services will not be available for upgraded tickets.
17. 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.
*Business Class product and services will be as operated by our partner airlines
18. Bonus miles will be credited only for Etihad Guest members. Members of other airline loyalty programs are not entitled to bonus miles.
19. In the event your bid was accepted and your credit card was charged the bid 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.
20. 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.
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.
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