Brussels currently has excellent coach and business class award space to Europe and Israel.
The least expensive way to book a Brussels award ticket is with Etihad. You can view the award chart here.
-A round-trip between JFK and Brussels is 21,972 miles in coach or 36,620 miles in business.
-A round-trip between Brussels and Tel Aviv is 12,096 miles in coach or 20,160 miles in business.
A business class flight from JFK to Tel Aviv would be the sum total of those requirements, or 56,780 miles round-trip.
DDF member jmansour just booked 3 business class awards to Israel for next Sukkos for 56,780 miles plus $100 in taxes per passenger. There are no fuel surcharges.
Etihad partner awards must be booked over the phone at 877-690-0767 and then click 1, 2, and then 1 to reach an agent. Etihad agents are very hit or miss, so booking a Brussels award can require some HUCA.
You also need to book Etihad partner awards at least 14 days in advance of travel.
Etihad also has incredible award charts for other airlines, like American and GOL and they don’t charge fuel surcharges. Etihad still uses American’s far more lucrative old award chart and discounted off-peak travel dates.
Etihad miles expire 24 months after they were earned.
You can transfer AMEX (1:1), Citi (1:1), or Starwood (20K:25K) points to Etihad, but only AMEX points transfer instantly. The best plan of attack would be to call Etihad, find an agent that sees the award space you need, ask for them to hold while you transfer AMEX points to Etihad, and then complete the booking.
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-The Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Etihad miles with the permanent 25% transfer bonus.
The Preferred card awards 1.5 miles per dollar everywhere, 3 miles per dollar on Uber and gas, and 4.5 miles per dollar on groceries if you make 30 transactions per month.
The EveryDay card awards 1.2 miles per dollar everywhere and 2.4 miles per dollar on Uber and groceries if you make 20 transactions per month.
You can also earn Membership Rewards points from consumer charge cards like the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express, and from business charge cards like the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Charge Card (limited time 50K signup bonus) or The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express has no annual fee and for a limited time offers 10 points per dollar at restaurants, 2 points per dollar everywhere, and a 30% annual points bonus based on the past year’s purchases. However you’ll need any of the membership rewards cards listed above to transfer points from that card into airline miles.
–Citi Thank You Premier, Prestige, and Chairman cardholders can also transfer points into Etihad miles. You can find credit card offers by issuing bank in the “credit card offers” tab at the top of this site.