The BIG Australian Celebration with Etihad Airways.

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Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, is set to celebrate the opening of international borders, alongside its 15th anniversary in Australia in the most significant way, with a world-first initiative – The BIG Australian Celebration.

Departing from Sydney on 2 April 2022, seats on the specially chartered 787 Dreamliner will be given to Etihad Guest members – with over 100 winners and their lucky plus ones set to enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime to Etihad’s home, Abu Dhabi.

Sarah Built, General Manager of Etihad Airways ANZ, said: “It’s been 20 very long months of waiting, wishing and wondering, and we are incredibly excited to finally be celebrating the opening of international borders, alongside a huge milestone – our 15th anniversary of flying to Australia.”

“Since first touching down in Australia in 2007, we are proud to have welcomed more than 9.5 million passengers across our Australian routes to Abu Dhabi, and are excited to be doing something unprecedented to connect once again.”

Lucky families will also be gifted the ultimate reunion, with Etihad Guest to fly in their far-flung loved ones to Abu Dhabi from destinations across its network, including the UK, Europe and North America. From long-awaited first meetings with babies only seen over FaceTime to long-distance partners, all Etihad Guest members need to do to be in with a chance to win is share their story via

Kim Hardaker, Director, Loyalty and Partnerships, said: “To reward our Australian Etihad Guest members’ incredible patience for travel, we’ve decided to give back in a big way with this once in a lifetime trip. We’ve also made our winners’ flight home an open ticket – meaning they can choose to stay a little longer or use Abu Dhabi as a base to see a bit more of the world.

“So whether you’ve been with us for years or are looking to sign up now and get started on your journey with us, we look forward to welcoming all our Aussie Guests back to Etihad and to our home in Abu Dhabi.”

Entrants to The BIG Australian Celebration will have the chance to win return flights four days of premium accommodation, alongside experiences to see the incredible sights of the cultural hotspot and explore the things travellers have missed after so long away. All members who enter will also receive 1,000 Etihad Guest bonus Miles.

Open until 8 March, and winners will be announced via phone on 14 March. For more information and to enter, visit