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Eligible Flights

All Ethiopian Airlines operated flights that have the desired cabin configuration on board the aircraft that will operate the flight are eligible for Upgrade Award. The Award cannot be used on code share flights operated by other airlines with an Ethiopian Airlines flight number.

Miles required for Awards

Upgrade Award Miles are applicable for one-way and one flight number. Any other routing will require combining two or more Awards in order to fulfill a redemption request.

Application and Ticketing Period

Application can be made from 365 days prior to the date of flight departure.

Eligible Cabin and Booking Class

Upgrade from Economy to Business (Cloud Nine) Cabin on Ethiopian Airlines operated flights is possible on eligible Economy cabin booking classes.

Award Application

Members should order Upgrade Award at Ethiopian Airlines Ticket Office for a higher cabin on advance reservation. Upgrade Award for flight can be completed at check-in and boarding process using a purchased ticket and confirmed boarding pass on the actual boarding date.


One infant (under 2 years of age) travelling with an adult and not occupying seat in the upgraded cabin is only required to be ticketed in the upgrade eligible booking class that is purchased as the adult. Both the infant and the adult will be upgraded to the higher cabin award mile indicated on the chart.

More than one infant or infant occupying seat is required to be ticketed in the upgrade eligible booking class that is purchased and in addition redeem full award miles per the number of seats occupied.


A child (above 2 years of age and under 12 years) using upgrade awards require redeeming the total award miles indicated on the chart.

Validity of Upgrade Awards

After being requested, upgrade awards are only valid for the applied flight.

Upgrade Awards are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.


Date changes on Upgrade Awards are allowed for a charge of USD 5.00 per flight. However, Silver and Gold Tier Members are allowed one time and two time changes of booking date, respectively, before flight commencement date for free.

No changes to the passenger name or name of the sponsor (person providing the mile) are allowed after applying for upgrade awards. To change the details of application, cancel and receive a refund prior to the departure of the reserved flight, then apply for a new Upgrade Award.


Waitlist is not allowed under upgrade awards.

Taxes and Other fees

Taxes and other dues should be paid by the passenger.

Note for Using Awards

Seats for Upgrade Awards have specific allocation. The seats are available on all flights. Seats may be unavailable with Awards on some flights even if seats are available with paid tickets on the same flight.

Upgrade Awards cannot be used together with Award Tickets.

When using upgrade awards, accumulation of miles is based on the booking class of the ticket purchased.

Upgraded class service is offered. However, when connecting from flights operated by other airlines to Ethiopian Airlines flights, and vice versa the luggage allowance of the upgraded class on the Ethiopian Airlines segment cannot be offered for luggage that has already been checked in by the other airline at the point of departure for collection at the final destination.

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