Consulting Etihad Guest’s partner award charts today I see they are blocked in the US. Same for award booking* and Reward Shop. All direct to this page, etihadguest.com/usdot which implies Department of Transportation. Except, American Airlines and ANA partner pages still load.
The message is “Sorry, this page is not available in the United States of America. If you have a query please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.”
*The odd thing is, over on etihad.com, award booking is still available. This only affects links that go to etihadguest.com.
I don’t follow the airline regulatory environment much other than to see who is trying to block competition and what flatulent justification they offer (yes, I figure flatulent is more apt than fatuous).
I know there are quirky point of sale issues when using American Airlines to book awards on Etihad. Especially for premium cabins you generally need to call AA in Australia or Singapore to find and put availability on hold, then call the US to ticket.
I glanced at FlyerTalk and saw nothing. Probably I don’t know how to search.
Using VPN to change to Canada all the pages load as normal.
What’s up with Etihad Guest? Is this new?