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Ethiopian will apply its own Denied Boarding Compensation scheme on all International flights on the basis of distance flown. However compensation given in MCO will be refunded at a 50% discounted price in cash.

Children between 2 and12 years of age are entitled to 50 % of the above Denied Boarding Compensation Scheme.

EU regulation shall apply for flights departing from Europe. 

Dot rules apply for flights originating from USA.

  • Passengers who have been re-protected on other means shall not be paid with DBC if the delay at point of arrival does not exceed four hours when compared to the original schedule.
  • Carriage is denied for reasons beyond the control of ET he/she is not checked in before or at the latest check in time.
  • The behavior, health condition or immigration status of the passenger as such entitles ET to refuse the passenger.
  • He/she has refused to comply with the lawful instructions of ET
  • He/she has refused to undergo security check
  • Holding ID(Airline staff ticket) ticket or reduced rate ticket.
  • Holding a ticket blacklisted as lost, stolen, fraudulent or otherwise suspicious.

Denied Boarding Compensation (DBC) will be paid to a passenger who: 

  • Has a valid ticket purchased from ET or an agent of ET irrespective of whether the ticket is a document of ET or any other carrier having Interline Agreement with ET.
  • Holds a confirmed and valid booking on that particular ET flight.
  • Has presented himself/herself for check-in for the particular ET flight at the time and place specified by ET (before counter/check-in activity for the particular flight is closed) within the latest check in time or within the stations minimum connecting time (MCT) for connecting passengers and is in possession of the necessary travel documents.
  • You will be re-routed to your final destination at the earliest opportunity or protected on the next Ethiopian flight.
  • The cost of the ticket will be reimbursed without penalty for the part of the journey not made on Ethiopian.
  • Telephone call, refreshment, meal and accommodation will be offered as per the table above.

Volunteer – means a person who has a valid ticket, a confirmed reservation and presented himself/herself for check-in within the required time limit and who responds positively to a call for passengers to surrender their confirmed reservation in exchange for compensation.

Overbooked Flight means a flight where the number of passengers holding confirmed reservation and presented themselves for check-in within the required time limit exceeds the number of available seats on that flight/compartment.

Denied Boarding means refusal to accommodate passengers on a flight although they have valid ticket, a confirmed reservation on that flight and presented themselves for check-in within the required time limit due to an overbooking.

This program will not be availed for passengers if:

  • Passenger did not show up at the airport for check-in (no-show passengers), regardless of there reservation status will not be entitled for this program.
  • Early departure.
  • Delayed flights on domestic services.
  • Delayed flights beyond Ethiopian Airlines control such as:
    • Adverse weather conditions
    • Political turmoil at point of the passenger’s origin or destination
    • Safety or Security concerns
    • Industrial disputes
    • Labor and other strikes
    • ATC or/and other airport operational problems beyond ET’s control.

All paying passengers who have checked-in and already accepted for travel on a delayed flight are entitled for the compensation program regardless of their original reservation status and the following will be offered:

  • Snacks and telephone calls will be offered depending on the delayed time.
  • Meal will be offered during normal meal hours.
  • Hotel accommodation may not be extended to local joining resident passengers. However, assistance may be given, if needed, in transportation.

Protection plan shall be made immediately for passengers with connecting flights beyond to their final destination.

Unaccompanied minor shall be rerouted as quickly as possible even on ET flights that are overbooked.

Passenger should not be rerouted via countries for which he/she holds no proper travel documents such as (transit) visa.

Passengers shall be protected to fly to their destinations by the fastest means available.

Delayed flight is any scheduled passenger flight departing or arriving behind its original schedule because of mechanical, operational or other reasons. A delay, cancellation or disruption is beyond Ethiopian Airlines control when it is caused by circumstances such as weather, strike, sudden airport closure or political situation.

  • Schedule change, delay or cancellation, will be advised to all passengers preferably before they departed from home or hotel. If already at the airport they will be advised at the time of check-in or at the gate with apology. Please take care to provide us with accurate contact information.
  • If the delay is extended and accurate information cannot be obtained (due to the nature & cause of the delay), the airline agent will take passengers’ contact and keep them informed about the developments. The information advice could be supported by technology like SMS, updating the information on the web site, etc…
  • Real-time flight information is also available by calling our central reservation office on +251116179900.
  • For All departing and transit passengers Ethiopian Airlines will send a message free of charge to one of their relatives at the point of stopover or destination.(Please refer delayed/ cancelled flight compensation table)
  • Passengers shall be updated on the situation every 15 minutes staring from 30 minutes before scheduled time of departure.
  • Refreshment shall be given for a delay more than 2 hours. If however, the time of departure is close to breakfast, lunch or dinner time, the service shall be the appropriate meal.

How does this upgrade opportunity work?

 After you have booked your flight ticket you may be invited to make an offer to upgrade to a higher class than was booked. The invitation will link you to a website where you can indicate which flights you would like to make an offer to be upgraded on.

  Step 1 – select how much money, per person, you wish to offer to be upgraded per flight

 Step 2 – enter your payment card information that will only be used if you are selected to be upgraded. You should also confirm or enter an email address on this page, this is what we will use to communicate with you about your request

 Step 3 – Review the details to ensure everything looks good, tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions, and submit your request

 You will receive an email confirming your request. You can use this to modify or cancel your offer up until the deadline shown by clicking the included link.

In the days prior to your flight we will notify you via email if your request for an upgrade has been successful or not. If your upgrade offer has been accepted, your credit card will be billed with the amount you offered and your flight will be rebooked to the higher cabin. On the day of travel you should check-in as a passenger traveling in the business class. If your upgrade offer is not accepted, you pay nothing and travel in your original booked cabin.

 How do I get invited?

 There are a number of ways you can access the upgrade site:

  • Retrieve your booking in our Manage My Booking area and look for the banner  (Cloud Nine,Get Upgraded at Your Price)
  • From our dedicated information page about the program here
  • If an email address is associated with the booking, you may receive an email seven (7) days prior to travel

How do I participate if I don’t get an email/ see an invite?

Passengers travelling on tickets purchased by miles, Infant Tickets may not be eligible to participate. If your booking fits the designated criteria yet you have not been invited to participate, you can contact us  at  


How do I stop receiving the upgrade invite email?

At the bottom of the email you will see an “Unsubscribe” link. If you do not want to receive upgrade invite emails from us you can click this to be removed from our mailing list

 What do I do if I accidentally clicked to unsubscribe?

 You can contact us at  to be re-added to the mailing list

Ethiopian Airlines Plus Grade Current Available Routes

Addis Ababa (ADD), EthiopiaAbidjan (ABJ), Ivory Coast
Abuja (ABV), Nigeria
Accra (ACC), Ghana
Stockholm Arlanda ( ARN), Sweden
Beirut ( BEY), Lebanon
Bujumbura ( BJM), Burundi
Bangkok Suvarnabh ( BKK), Thailand
Bamako ( BKO), Mali
Mumbai (BOM), India
Brussels (BRU), Belgium
Brazzaville (BZV), Congo Republic
Cairo (CAI), Egypt
Guangzhou (CAN), China
Paris   De Gaulle (CDG), France
Cotonou (COO), Benin
Cape Town (CPT), South Africa
Dar Es Salaam (DAR), Tanzania
Delhi (DEL), India
Dakar (DKR), Senegal
Douala (DLA), Cameroon
Dammam (DMM), Saudi Arabia
Doha (DOH), Qatar
Dublin (DUB), Ireland
Dubai (DXB), United Arab Emi
Entebbe (EBB), Uganda
Enugu (ENU), Nigeria
Lubumbashi (FBM), Congo Dem Rep
Rome Fiumicino (FCO), Italy
Kinshasa   Ndjili (FIH), Congo Dem Rep
Frankfurt (FRA), Germany
Gaborone (GBE), Botswana
Goma (GOM), Congo Dem Rep
Sao Paulo Guarulh (GRU), Brazil
Hargeisa (HGA), Somalia
Hong Kong (HKG), Hong Kong S A R
Harare (HRE), Zimbabwe
Washington Dulles (IAD), Dc
Seoul Incheon Int (ICN), Korea Republic
Jeddah (JED), Saudi Arabia
Djibouti (JIB), Djibouti
Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa
Kilimanjaro (JRO), Tanzania
Frankfurt (FRA), Germany
Kano (KAN), Nigeria
Kigali (KGL), Rwanda
Khartoum (KRT), Sudan
Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Malaysia
Kuwait (KWI), Kuwait
Luanda (LAD), Angola
Los Angeles (LAX), Ca
Libreville (LBV), Gabon
Lome (LFW), Togo
London Heathrow (LHR), United Kingdom
Lilongwe (LLW), Malawi
Lagos (LOS), Nigeria
Lusaka (LUN), Zambia
Madrid (MAD), Spain
Mombasa (MBA), Kenya
Muscat (MCT), Oman
Manila (MNL), Philippines
Maputo (MPM), Mozambique
Milan    Malpensa (MXP), Italy
Nairobi  Kenyatta (NBO), Kenya
Ndjamena (NDJ), Chad
Niamey (NIM), Niger
Ndola (NLA), Zambia
Tokyo Narita (NTR), Japan
Yaounde Nsimalen (NSI), Cameroon
Ouagadougou (OUA), Burkina Faso
Beijing (PEK), China
Pointe Noire (PNR), Congo Republic
Shanghai Pudong (PVG), China
Riyadh (RUH), Saudi Arabia
Mahe Island (SEZ), Seychelles
Malabo (SSG), Equatorial Guin
Tel Aviv      Tlv (TLV), Israel
Vienna (VIE), Austria
Toronto On (YYZ), Canada
Abidjan (ABJ), Ivory CoastAddis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia
Abuja (ABV), Nigeria
Accra (ACC), Ghana
Stockholm Arlanda ( ARN), Sweden
Beirut ( BEY), Lebanon
Bujumbura ( BJM), Burundi
Bangkok Suvarnabh ( BKK), Thailand
Bamako ( BKO), Mali
Mumbai (BOM), India
Brussels (BRU), Belgium
Brazzaville (BZV), Congo Republic
Cairo (CAI), Egypt
Guangzhou (CAN), China
Paris   De Gaulle (CDG), France
Cotonou (COO), Benin
Cape Town (CPT), South Africa
Dar Es Salaam (DAR), Tanzania
Delhi (DEL), India
Dakar (DKR), Senegal
Douala (DLA), Cameroon
Dammam (DMM), Saudi Arabia
Doha (DOH), Qatar
Dublin (DUB), Ireland
Dubai (DXB), United Arab Emi
Entebbe (EBB), Uganda
Enugu (ENU), Nigeria
Lubumbashi (FBM), Congo Dem Rep
Rome Fiumicino (FCO), Italy
Kinshasa   Ndjili (FIH), Congo Dem Rep
Frankfurt (FRA), Germany
Gaborone (GBE), Botswana
Goma (GOM), Congo Dem Rep
Sao Paulo Guarulh (GRU), Brazil
Hargeisa (HGA), Somalia
Hong Kong (HKG), Hong Kong S A R
Harare (HRE), Zimbabwe
Washington Dulles (IAD), Dc
Seoul Incheon Int (ICN), Korea Republic
Jeddah (JED), Saudi Arabia
Djibouti (JIB), Djibouti
Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa
Kilimanjaro (JRO), Tanzania
Frankfurt (FRA), Germany
Kano (KAN), Nigeria
Kigali (KGL), Rwanda
Khartoum (KRT), Sudan
Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Malaysia
Kuwait (KWI), Kuwait
Luanda (LAD), Angola
Los Angeles (LAX), Ca
Libreville (LBV), Gabon
Lome (LFW), Togo
London Heathrow (LHR), United Kingdom
Lilongwe (LLW), Malawi
Lagos (LOS), Nigeria
Lusaka (LUN), Zambia
Madrid (MAD), Spain
Mombasa (MBA), Kenya
Muscat (MCT), Oman
Manila (MNL), Philippines
Maputo (MPM), Mozambique
Milan    Malpensa (MXP), Italy
Nairobi  Kenyatta (NBO), Kenya
Ndjamena (NDJ), Chad
Niamey (NIM), Niger
Ndola (NLA), Zambia
Tokyo Narita (NTR), Japan
Yaounde Nsimalen (NSI), Cameroon
Ouagadougou (OUA), Burkina Faso
Beijing (PEK), China
Pointe Noire (PNR), Congo Republic
Shanghai Pudong (PVG), China
Riyadh (RUH), Saudi Arabia
Mahe Island (SEZ), Seychelles
Malabo (SSG), Equatorial Guin
Tel Aviv      Tlv (TLV), Israel
Vienna (VIE), Austria
Toronto On (YYZ), Canada
Stockholm Arlanda ( ARN), SwedenRome Fiumicino (FCO), Italy
Vienna (VIE), Austria
Bujumbura ( BJM), BurundiKigali (KGL), Rwanda
Bangkok Suvarnabh ( BKK), ThailandKuala Lumpur (KUL), Malaysia
Bamako ( BKO), MaliDakar (DKR), Senegal
Paris De Gaulle (CDG), FranceBrussels (BRU), Belgium
Cape Town (CPT), South AfricaGaborone (GBE), Botswana
Dakar (DKR), SenegalBamako ( BKO), Mali
Douala (DLA), CameroonMalabo (SSG), Equatorial Guin
Dublin (DUB), IrelandLos Angeles (LAX), Ca
Entebbe (EBB), UgandaJuba (JUB), South Sudan
Kigali (KGL), Rwanda
Rome Fiumicino (FCO), ItalyStockholm Arlanda ( ARN), Sweden
Gaborone (GBE), BotswanaCape Town (CPT), South Africa
Hong Kong (HKG), Hong Kong S A RTokyo Narita (NTR), Japan
Seoul Incheon Int (ICN), Korea RepublicHong Kong (HKG), Hong Kong S A R
Juba (JUB), South SudanEntebbe (EBB), Uganda
Kigali (KGL), RwandaBujumbura ( BJM), Burundi
Bangkok Suvarnabh ( BKK), ThailandBangkok Suvarnabh ( BKK), Thailand
Los Angeles (LAX), CaDublin (DUB), Ireland
Libreville (LBV), GabonYaounde Nsimalen (NSI), Cameroon
Lusaka (LUN), ZambiaH Harare (HRE), Zimbabwe
Tokyo Narita (NTR), JapanHong Kong (HKG), Hong Kong S A R
Yaounde Nsimalen (NSI), CameroonLibreville (LBV), Gabon
Malabo (SSG), Equatorial GuinDouala (DLA), Cameroon
Vienna (VIE), AustriaStockholm Arlanda ( ARN), Sweden


Are all of my flights eligible to upgrade?

Only those flights mentioned in the email or indicated after clicking the invite are eligible for an upgrade. The identification of eligible flights is made sole by the airline’s discretion.

How do I know if my flight is eligible?

You can verify your eligibility by providing your last name and booking reference in the Manage My Booking Section on our website ( Alternatively, we may send an email to all eligible passengers and invite them to make an offer 7 days prior to departure of the first sector of the booking. Please ensure that you provide your email address when making your reservation. Passenger can also check eligibility on the marketing page.

 Are there only certain destinations that the upgrade is applicable for?

 The following are list of destinations that are eligible for an upgrade.  However, we are constantly adding destinations to the program. So, we encourage you to check always your eligibility on our marketing page:  Addis Ababa- Dubai, Addis Ababa - Cairo, Addis Ababa – Paris De Gaulle, Addis Ababa –Cape town, Addis Ababa - Dublin, Addis Ababa - Frankfurt, Addis Ababa - London Heathrow, Addis Ababa- Kuala Lumpur, Addis Ababa- Hong Kong, Addis Ababa- Seoul, Addis Ababa- Shanghai, Addis Ababa- Sao Paulo, Addis Ababa- Nairobi, Addis Ababa- Toronto, Addis Ababa-Los Angeles, Addis Ababa-Madrid, Addis Ababa-Dammam, Addis Ababa-Doha, Addis Ababa-Kuwait, Addis Ababa-Muscat, Addis Ababa-Mumbai, Addis Ababa-Stockholm and Addis Ababa-Milan.

 Are there any specific reasons why I might not be eligible to make an upgrade offer?

 There are several different factors that may impact your eligibility to make an offer to upgrade, these include:

  • If  you do not have a ticket yet
  • If your reservation is not confirmed yet
  • If your flight is not operated by Ethiopian airlines
  • If the flight you are travelling on is not currently accepting offers
  • If you are booked with an infant
  • If  you are travelling with 8 or more passengers ( Total booked 9 or more passengers)
  • If your ticket is not issued on ET Stock i.e. a ticket number with 071 Prefix

 Can I upgrade on partner airline flights?

 Right now only flights operated by Ethiopian airlines are eligible.

 Why is there a price range and not just one price?

 The program is a bid-based system built on the willingness of the passenger to pay for an upgrade. When submitting a bid, by moving the slider on the strength meter on the offer page, you see an indicator of how strong the bid is

 How do I select the upgrade amount I want to pay?

 Move the slider to show how much you would like to pay for each flight shown on the page

 Why do I need to pay per segment?

 Bids are accepted per flight segment, you may not be able to be upgraded on all segments.

 How much should I offer?

 All flights have a range from which you can select the value you want to offer. The strength meter, found on the offer page, can help you determine the strength or your offer. The gauge is to be used as a guide, not confirmation that your offer will be successful

Is there a minimum amount I must offer for an upgrade?

 Each flight has minimum and maximum assigned offer value and your offer must lie between these two values.

 Can I choose any amount I want?

 The system has a default minimum and maximum bid amount set. It will not accept any offer lower than the minimum amount or higher than the maximum amount.

 What do I do if the price I want to offer isn’t shown on the slider?

 If you do not wish to offer at least the minimum value you will not be able to participate in this program. There may be other upgrade options available to you, can contact us

 Why is there a minimum amount?

 We have set a minimum amount per person to ensure that all offers are within the range we are able to consider to be upgraded.

 What is the strength meter for?

 This will let you know how strong the offer amount selected is. Offer amount is not the only indicator of the likelihood your upgrade will be accepted however it is an important component. Upgrades are selected at the discretion of the airline, based on availability; as such there is no guarantee that your offer will be accepted, even at the highest permitted offer amount.

 What does it mean if I make an offer amount that is at the top end of the dial?

 The strength meter is a guide that shows the strength of your offer amount. An offer in the green section means that the offer amount is strong but does not guarantee a successful bid.

 Can I select different upgrade amounts for different flights on my itinerary?

 Yes, simply use the slider to set how much you would like to pay for each flight shown on the page

 How can I increase my chances of being upgraded?

 There are many factors that determine whether or not an offer for an upgrade will be accepted. The main factors are the participation of other passengers booked on the same flight, the amount the passenger is willing to pay for the upgrade and the status of the airline’s Frequent Flyer Program.

 Can I make an offer to upgrade if I am travelling with a child?

 Yes, as long as the child is not an infant and the offer amount for the child is the same as the offer amount for the adult in the same booking.

 Is the amount per person or for my whole group?

 Your bid is per passenger on your booking reference, and all passengers on the same booking must participate.

 Can I bid for everyone in my group or just me?

 If there are multiple passengers in your booking you must bid to upgrade all of the passengers.

How do I make an offer just for me, not my travel companion?

 You need to split your booking so you and your travel companion will have a separate booking reference each. If you have booked via the airline, you can contact the reservation office and ask the agent to split your booking. If you have booked via travel trade, you can ask your travel agent to split your booking. Request for booking split should be done 3 days prior to the departure date to avoid the expiry of offer submission.

 What do I do if I have multiple flights on my itinerary?

 Offers are made for each sector of a journey so if you are travelling on more than one sector you will need to choose which you wish to upgrade on and make an offer for each.

 What do I do if the segment I want an upgrade on isn’t eligible?

 With this program, you can only place a bid on flight segments that are eligible to request an upgrade.

 What do I do if I don’t want to make an offer for a particular flight?

 If you do not wish to make an offer to upgrade on any flight, you can just ignore the invite you have received to make an offer. If you wish to make an offer on some segments but not others, you should move the bidding slider to the far left until you see “No Offer”. This means you do not wish to make an offer on this segment and won’t be considered to be upgraded.

 How do I know how many passengers are included in the offer?

 When you are going through the offer process, you will see how many passengers are included under “Your Offer” section. This should match the count of passengers booked together on your booking reference.

 How do I know which passengers are included in the offer?

 The offer is for all passengers on your booking reference.

 Is there a time limit to make an offer?

 The offer window closes 50 hours prior to the departure date of each flight. You can also make changes up until this time.

 Is there another way to make an offer?

 No, you can only make an offer through the invite email you have received or by login in to the Manage My Booking Section on the website.

 Can I make an offer if I don’t have a ticket yet?

 No, you must have made a reservation in order to request an upgrade 

What are the steps I need to follow to submit an offer?

 You may receive an email 7 days prior to the departure of your trip, inviting you to make an offer. Alternative, you can login to Manage My Booking online using your booking reference.

  • Choose the flight sector you would like to upgrade, and move the slider to indicate your offer.
  • Enter your contact and payment details in the fields provided.
  • Review and submit your details.
  • After completion, you will be emailed confirmation of your upgrade offer. You can use this email to modify or cancel your offer.

 What do I need to review?

 Please review the offer amounts and totals for each sector of your trip to ensure that each matches your intention. Please also verify you have entered the correct payment & contact information. You should also review and agree to the program Terms & Conditions.

 What are the terms & conditions?

 The terms and conditions are the full program details. They can be found on the “Review & Submit” page or on under the program section on our website. The terms & conditions must be agreed to before submitting your bid.

 Why do I need to agree to the terms & conditions?

 The terms & conditions spell out the full rules of the program and we cannot process your request until you indicate you have read and agree to these.

 What do I do if I don’t agree to the terms & conditions?

 If you do not agree to the terms & conditions you won’t be able to participate in the program.

 What do I do if I get an error when clicking to submit my request?

 Go back through the offer process and check that you have entered all details correctly. If you are still receiving an error message, you can contact us at  

 What do I do if I didn’t get any email after submitting my request?

 Please wait [4 hours] as it may take time for the email to be generated. Also please check your spam folder on your email account.

 Can I call the airline to place a bid?

 No, this service is currently only available online.

 Can I change my offer to a higher or lower amount?

 Yes, you can change the amount up until the deadline noted in your upgrade requested email or up until your offer is accepted, whichever happens sooner. All you need to do to change your offer is click the link in the upgrade offer email and use the slider to select your new offer amount.

 What do I do if I need to change my payment card after I have submitted my offer?

 To change the credit card information, you must first cancel your request and then re-submit the offer via the button on the cancel confirmation screen or e-mail you receive.

 What do I do if I need to cancel my offer?

 You can cancel your offer by clicking on the cancel link in the upgrade requested e-mail you received when you submitted your bid.

 How do I change the amount offered?

 You can modify your offer by clicking on the modify link in the upgrade requested e-mail you received after submitting your bid.

 I forgot to make my offer before offer window closed. Can I still submit an offer?

 No, once the offer window has closed you are no longer able to submit an offer. All offers must be made at least [50 hours] prior to the departure date of each flight segment. 

When will I be charged?

 As part of the upgrade selection process we may authorize your card for the offered amount, we will only take payment after your upgrade has been confirmed. This will happen when your bid is accepted, which can be anytime between 50 hours and 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure time.

 Do I pay now for the upgrade?

 No, you only pay for the upgrade at the time when your bid is accepted. This can be anytime 50 hours and 24 hours to the scheduled departure time of each segment.

 Can I pay with two different cards?

 No, each upgrade for your booking reference can only be paid for in one transaction by the same credit card.

 What if I don’t have a credit card?

 In order to make a bid, a valid credit card is needed.

 Why do I have to give you my credit card information?

 Credit card information is needed to process your upgrade in the event your offer is accepted. We collect this now and it is stored securely with the payment processor to be used only in the case you are selected to be upgraded.

 Can I pay with points/ miles?

 Payment for [Cloud Nine Upgrade Program] must be paid for with a credit card. You may also be eligible to request an upgrade with miles; more information can be found

 Are there any taxes or fees to be paid when bidding for an Upgrade?

 The total amount shown on the offer confirmation screen includes all pre-payable airline taxes and fees. Excepted from this are any fees or charges your financial institution may impose for transactions with your payment card, please contact your card issuer for more information.

 Does it cost anything to make an offer to upgrade?

 We do not charge any booking fees or sign up fees for making an offer to be upgraded. 

When do you decide who gets upgraded?

 We will take a decision on upgrades [b/n 50 hours and 24 hours ] before departure. You will be notified by email as to whether your offer has been accepted or not.

 How do you assess my offer?

 We take several criteria into consideration when assessing upgrade requests. These include the value of your offer and the value of other offers for the same cabin class, your frequent flyer member status, the number of seats available in the higher cabin class and the number of passengers in the booking. Once our assessments have been made you will receive an email indicating whether your Upgrade request was successful or not.

 How can I increase my chances of being upgraded?

 You should submit the best offer price you are willing to pay. The only way to guarantee you travel in the higher cabin is to purchase a full ticket for travel there.

 How do I know if I’ve been upgraded?

 If your bid is successful, you will be notified by email b/n 50 and 24 hours  before the scheduled departure of each flight.

 Would you be sending me a confirmation SMS in the event my offer is successful?

 All communications around your request will be via email. You may however receive an SMS from your bank, if you have requested these, to advice of activity on your credit card, which is normal as we start the upgrade evaluation process.

 When will I know if I’ve been upgraded?

 If your offer has been accepted, you will receive an email confirming your upgrade within b/n 50 and 24 hours before the scheduled departure of your flight.

 How can I find out the current status of my request?

 In the email we sent confirming that we received your request there is a link to View the details, if you click this and select the appropriate flight you will see the status of your request in the top right corner of the display.

 What does it mean if I see an authorization for the upgrade amount on my card?

 As part of the upgrade decision process we may validate if the payment card provided has sufficient funds available. This is not a guarantee that you will be upgraded however is a step in the acceptance process.

 What happens if there is an authorization that’s declined by my bank?

 As part of the upgrade decision process we may validate if the payment card provided has sufficient funds available. If funds are not available, we will not proceed with the upgrade acceptance.

If this happens, you will receive an email from us with two options to make funds available for the upgrade:

1) Call your bank to approve the transaction and ensure funds are available, then click the email link to let us know

2) Click the link to provide us with new card details

 Once notified we will re-try the upgrade acceptance if there are seats available and if there is sufficient time to fulfill the upgrade prior to departure.

 What happens if I am not upgraded?

 You will receive an email around 24 hours prior to departure informing you that your offer was unsuccessful. No amount will be deducted from your card and you can travel in your booked cabin.

 If my offer is unsuccessful, will I be told why?

 No. Numerous factors impact the selection process and therefore we cannot specify why certain offers are unsuccessful.

 Can I transfer the upgrade to another flight if my bid is successful?

 Successful upgrades are non-transferable, non-refundable, and are valid only on the flight and date shown.

 Can I increase my offer after I find out I was not upgraded?

 No, if your offer has been unsuccessful, another offer cannot be made. It’s important to put your best offer forward initially for the best chance of being upgraded.

 How will my Frequent Flyer Status be recognized?

 We may recognize your loyalty by giving higher priority to requests made by [Gold and Silver] members.

What do I do now I’m upgraded?

 There’s nothing more you need to do. Remember that the upgrade only applies for the flight segment indicated. The fare conditions of the original ticket, including cancellation policies, change fees and frequent flyer miles earned will continue to apply.

 What are the documents that I need to present at the airport?

 You should bring your new itinerary that was issued when your upgrade was successful.

 Do I have more baggage allowance?

 You will have additional baggage allowance for the sector that has been upgraded. Note that this applies only on the segment that has been upgraded.

 Can I check-in later than usual?

 You will follow the check-in rules of the cabin you have been upgraded to, find more about check-in times

 Can I use the lounge?

 Where we have a lounge available you can enjoy the available benefits of the cabin you have been upgraded to.

 Where is the lounge?

 Please visit our website to locate the lounge available for your trip. Alternatively, please ask a member of the staff at the airport for the location.

 Is there a limousine service?

 There is no limousine transfer included with the upgrade.

 Do I get a better meal?

 You will enjoy the services onboard of the cabin you have been upgraded to.

 Will my pre-ordered meal request be transferred to my upgraded cabin?

 All special requests recorded for the original flight ticket in will be transferred when you are upgraded to the next cabin, including special meals.

 Can I pick my seat?

 You cannot select a seat at the time of requesting an upgrade, however after your offer is accepted, you can login in to My Booking online using your booking reference, and pick your seat from the seat map.

 What do I do if the seat I want isn’t available?

 You can request your preferred seat during check-in or at the airport. Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee the availability of any specific seat or location in the cabin.

 What are the fare rules of the upgraded ticket?

 If your upgrade request is accepted, the ticket conditions of travel of your original ticket reservation (before the service class upgrade), will remain in force, including the conditions for minimum and maximum stay, cancellation, and changes. 

Why am I being offered an upgrade?

 From time to time, we have unsold seats in our Business class. Instead of flying them empty, we offer our passengers booked in Economy class the opportunity to make us an offer to upgrade to that premium seat. If you see an invitation to request an upgrade, your booking has one or more flights that are eligible to participate. The invite does not mean that you are guaranteed to be upgraded.

 Why should I upgrade?

Each of our cabins offers you a different level of service. Although you have purchased a ticket in your current cabin, you may wish to experience a higher level of service and comfort. You can find more information about each of our cabins here:

Cloud Nine service

Economy service

 How is this different to the other options for upgrading my ticket?

 If you were to adjust your ticket today to rebook your trip to a Business class on all segments, you would be charged the difference between the fare you have paid and the fare for the business class. Our upgrade program does not change the rules or cabin of your original ticket; it provides you the opportunity to experience a higher class of travel and is charged as a cost in addition to the fare you have already paid per segment upgraded.

 How is this different to buying a ticket outright in a Business class?

 When purchasing a ticket in business class your ticket will carry all of the rules of the business class and you will have a confirmed seat in that cabin. This is the only way to guarantee that you will travel in business class. This upgrade program uses unsold seats, if they are available in the days prior to departure of each flight sector, selecting the best offer/s for those seats to give you the experience of an upgrade.

 What do I get if I am selected to be upgraded? What is included in the upgrade?

 If you are upgraded, you will have the experience of flying in the higher cabin for that flight. This includes:

  • Business Class Check-In
  • Lounge Access (where available)
  • Priority boarding
  • A luxurious seat in our Business Class cabin
  • Award winning business class service
  • Priority baggage

What isn’t included in the upgrade?

The fare conditions of your original ticket remain unchanged, including cancellation policies, change fees and earned frequent flyer miles.

Will I earn additional business class bonus miles for the upgraded flight sector?

No. You will earn miles according to the type of fare you purchased for the economy class ticket and no additional bonus miles will be granted for the upgrade. This applies both for Sheba Miles members and Frequent Flyer members of Partner Airlines within Star Alliance.

On Ethiopian flight, 12-18-years is considered as adult and can travel alone (unaccompanied child service available up on request).  Please check the rule with other airline if your travel involves flights on airlines other than Ethiopian airlines.   
As some airport authorities may require to see the print out of your ticket it is recommended to have your ticket print out.

Customers who make their booking through may cancel their reservation without penalty by contacting Global call center  or local ticket office  up to 24 hours after the reservation is made, if the reservation was made seven days or more prior to the flight’s departure. This rule applies for passengers departing from US only.

Yes , Ethiopian accept Mobile payment from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Yes, Ethiopian accept local debit card from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Togo, Niger, Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali and Burkina Faso

For security reasons, the holder of the credit card may be contacted by email to verify the credit card used at the airport or at nearby Ethiopian ticket office for in person verification. 

Yes, except passengers originating from Sudan all passengers are allowed to make online payment. Passengers originating from Sudan are required to purchase their ticket at the nearest Ethiopian city ticket office after completing their booking online.

When you purchase your ticket online, your booking is confirmed at the time of purchase and you will receive a confirmation on your screen and also by email indicating that your transaction was successful.

You cannot lose an e-ticket as it is electronically generated and stored in our reservation system.

While booking online, you will be provided with a link to 'Fare Rules'. Please ensure you read the rules in detail and contact Ethiopian airlines offices for any clarifications.

Online customers, who break their journey for more than 72 hours, need to reconfirm their flight by contacting the nearest Ethiopian Airlines office. This can be done either by using telephone or by directly contacting the nearest Ethiopian office in person.

In the case of expense account reporting, you can use your boarding card stub, which was issued at check-in and/or the Ethiopian airlines issued Electronic ticket itinerary/receipt.

Yes. We offer selected special requests which can be selected from a pre-defined dropdown on the booking page.

Currently, we cannot accept any credits or vouchers for online purchases.

You can choose seat type at the time of booking on “Seat selection Page” or during online check-in.

Yes, you can book online for anyone provided you will be one of the travelers and use your valid credit card and provide correct passenger details while booking. 

Payment with a credit card for another person is alternatively possible if you choose ‘Pay at Agency’ option to make a booking online and contact the nearest Ethiopian Airlines office to complete the payment using your card.

You can book a flight up to 10 months in advance provided the applicable fares are available.

Yes, you can select "Pay at agency" option to book your reservation online and pay in cash at Ethiopian airlines office.

For passengers selecting hold reservation and pay latter option the below ticket time table is applicable:-

If Departure time is

Booking will be cancelled after
Less than 48 hours12 hours
Between 48 and 72 hours24 hours
Between 72 hours and 3 month48 hours
Above 3 month3days

Yes, you can hold your reservation and pay later with credit card at our call center or at any local Ethiopian ticket office.

Before finalizing the booking or making payment, you can modify your cities, travel dates & times along with your connection preference.

You can book one-way ,return trips or multiple cities in Economy and Business class. Bookings can be made only for adults, children and infants.

To obtain only our flight schedules, select "Flight Schedules" at the home page, insert the sector and date of travel and click on the "Find Schedule" Button.

To enter the airport and for check-in, you must present the itinerary receipt along with valid photo identification: Passport (for international passengers).

E-tickets will be issued for all bookings made online at

On a successful purchase the system will generate an Electronic Ticket and a printable itinerary receipt will be displayed. The itinerary receipt is your confirmation of travel. You will also receive an email with the status of your booking. You can print the confirmation shown on your screen or print the email.

Then all you have to do is walk in to the airport and check-in with valid photo identification and printed itinerary receipt. Your boarding pass will be issued against the itinerary receipt.

Ethiopian airlines is committed to the safety and security of the online transactions. Customer's credit card is as safe as possible when booked

Information exchanged with us online is treated securely and protected by using the internationally accepted and industry standard powerful encryption technology (secure socket layer, SSL). This software encrypts customer's personal data as it is sent between the browser and our systems.

The web booking engine is directly connected to Sabre Reservation System & payment gateway(s) for credit card processing.

Debit card is also accepted if it is branded with Master, visa and American express 

Note: Local debit cards are acceptable from few African countries.

Payment for online booking can be made through credit card/debit card, mobile or in cash at Ethiopian airlines offices. Ethiopian accepts VISA,MASTER,AMERICAN EXPRESS , DINERS CLUB, union pay & UATP cards and PayPal.  

Please note: The credit card used to pay for tickets is required at check-in or during refund processing for verification.

Once you have confirmed your booking online, we will immediately debit your credit. This applies even if you decide to change your travel plans right after. Please contact the nearest Ethiopian office should you like to rearrange your travel plans or would like to seek a refund. Please note that refund and/or cancellation charges may apply according to applicable fare conditions.

All revenue tickets booked online will earn miles. Please ensure that the frequent flier number is provided in the form while booking.

Yes, you will see a confirmation page after making a successful booking. If you do not see one, please contact us at

Currently, we can only handle new bookings made directly online. If you already have a ticket, please contact your travel agent or Ethiopian airlines ticket/reservations office to confirm your travel dates.

You can book a maximum of 9 seats at a time (adults and children included).

The facility to waitlist bookings is not currently available while booking online However, you can contact our reservations office, and we will be glad to help you.

After you issue ticket online (, it is possible to refund (cancel) and rebook your ticket using “Manage Your Booking” option.

If you meet the date, time and eligibility criteria, you can book the advance purchase fares online.

Currently you can book only Ethiopian airlines flights.

You can make booking for up to three infants (ages 0-23 months) without seat. However, each infant must be accompanied by an adult passenger.

Yes, you can request for your Electronic tickets regardless if you have baggage to check or not.

Currently, online booking service is available for all Ethiopian destinations. 

Please contact for your travel plan on destinations which are not available online.

Although you do not receive a conventional paper ticket, you will receive an itinerary/receipt confirming your booking on your screen. This itinerary/receipt will also be sent to you by email either of which can be printer and used to enter the airport and also for check-in.

E-Ticket is a convenient, fast and safe option to the regular physical paper ticket.

Now no more worries about losing or having the ticket stolen. You can book a confirmed ticket on up to 48 hours prior to departure.

It's convenient: you can buy and print your Electronic Ticket online in your home / office. 

It's safe: the Electronic Ticket cannot be lost or stolen.

It's fast: you no longer have to collect the ticket from our office or rush to the airport to meet ticketing deadlines.

Electronic Ticket is ticket less travel service. It is a way of issuing air tickets electronically which eliminates traditional paper tickets and creates an electronically held record (ticket) of the transaction. This electronic image of the ticket is stored in the Ethiopian Airlines reservation system.

Ethiopian airlines web sales engine allows booking one way and return in 5 simple steps with features such as interactive calendar, low fare option, flexible schedule options etc.

The reservation has to be made online at at least 48 hours before departure.

You will need to pay online through your credit card or can pay in cash at Ethiopian ticket offices.

On purchase, the system will generate your itinerary receipt which is confirmation for your confirmed reservation and e-ticket issuance and display the same on the screen. On it, you will find the key information about your reservation and flights. You will need to print the page and produce it along with valid photo identification in order to enter the airport and for check-in.

Also, an email will be sent to the passengers email address which can also be printed and used to enter the airport and for check-in.

Go directly to the check-in counter. Your boarding pass will be issued against this itinerary receipt and the valid identification

Simply log on to and the online booking feature is available on the home page.

You can pay with the following credit cards:
  • VISA Card
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club / Discover
  • JCB Card
  • China Union Pay
  • UATP
Once you’re on the payment page, you’ll be required to enter several pieces of information to complete the payment.
  • Choose "Credit/Debit Card" as Your Payment Method
    There will sometimes be an option to choose the type of credit card you’re using, e.g. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or a store credit card. If your credit card processor isn’t listed in the box, the merchant doesn’t accept that type of credit card. You’ll have to use another type of credit.
  • Enter Your card details as it Appears on Your Credit/Debit Card
    Look at the credit card to verify that you’ve entered your name correctly. Then, enter your credit card information: the credit card number, expiration date, and security code. For Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, the three-digit security code will be printed at the back of the card after the credit/debit card number. The four-digit security code for American Express credit cards is printed on the front-right of the card, directly above the credit card number.
  • Submit the Payment
    Once you've ensured that everything is accurate, select the button to submit your order. If your card is enrolled for 3D Secure authentication you will be redirected to the issuing bank page and requested to enter additional information
3D Secure is an authentication protocol that provides an additional layer of verification for online payments. It is called “MasterCard Identity Check” at MasterCard, Visa Secure at Visa, and “Safe key” at American Express, “J/Secure” at JCB and “Protect Buy” at Diners and Discover. Ethiopian airlines is following the new legal requirements and is adapting all own payment processes according to the Strong Customer Authentication(SCA). SCA is the second European payment service directive (PSD2) requirement introduced to make online payments more secure and reduce the risk of fraud. This requirement applies to online payments made in the European Economic Area (EEA and the UK. In short, SCA means shoppers in Europe may need to complete extra levels of authentication when they pay online. These levels of authentication requires customers to verify at least two of the below three requirements:-
  • Something they know: for example password or PIN
  • Something they own : such as Cellphone or token
  • and Something they are for example Fingerprint, Facial features and others
The requirement of Payment Services Directive increases the security of electronic payments. Your transactions are now more protected and this allows you to make online purchases with peace of mind
If 3D Secure authentication is required for your online transaction, you will see an input window of your bank after you have entered your card details, prompting you to enter your password. If you enter all details correctly, the bank will confirm that you are the legitimate cardholder, and the payment process can be continued. The first time you make a payment in the 3D Secure system, you will be prompted to register for 3D Secure after entering your credit or debit card information. A dialogue box in which you can complete the registration will open directly from the bank that issued your card. Additional information on the 3D Secure can be found on your bank’s homepage.

Sheba pay is an instant bank transfer option that ET introduces in partnership with IATA. The scheme enables real-time payments from customers who book tickets on the airlines mobile application, with the money transferred directly to the carrier without the involvement of third-parties.

When you book a flight on Ethiopian airlines mobile application from Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, you will get the option to make payment using Sheba Pay. You can select your bank and transfer the payment in real time to the airline securely.

Currently, we have partners ranging from hotels, restaurants, car rentals, shopping centers, spas, pharmacy, insurance companies, fitness center, language school, gas station, magazine, mobile roaming service, handicrafts and cruise service.


By using the services of our non-airline partners, you will be able to accumulate bonus miles which you can exchange for award tickets and upgrades.

To see the list of our Hotel partners and their services in detail, please visit here.

To see the list of our Dining partners and their services in detail, please visit here.

To see the list of our other partners and their services in detail, please visit here.


SAUA is an acronym of Star Alliance Upgrade Awards.


With Star Alliance Upgrade Awards you can use your miles to upgrade your entire journey across all Star Alliance member airlines to the next one higher class by giving you more choice than any other alliance.

How to upgrade:


i)You'll need to first have a confirmed and ticketed reservation on the airline that you would like to have your upgrade award.


ii)Since all tickets purchased on any booking class are not eligible for upgrades please click here.


iii)Once the above two requirements are fulfilled please click here to process your upgrade. Please note that upgrade awards are based on availability where your will get the right response while processing the upgrade through the link provided.


iv)Once the process is successfully processed through the link and if you have the required miles in your account it will then be automatically deducted from your account.


Application for SAUA is allowed only through the Ethiopian Airlines website at this link which requires you to log-in to your What is ShebaPay? account online and you can process SAUA through your Frequent Flyer Program only.



  • Flights operated by all Star Alliance member airlines are eligible for SAUA.
  • Class Restrictions: There may be some routes where there is no Business Class or First class service on the partner airline. 
  • Route Restrictions: There may be some routes, periods, and aircrafts that you cannot use or limits the number of seats available according to reasons deemed by the operating airline.
  • Flight Restrictions: Flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines are eligible.  A code share flight reservation made on a flight number other than the service partner airline that operates the flight is not eligible even if it is a flight that is operated by one of the airlines listed above.


Star Alliance Upgrade Award Miles are applicable for one-way and one flight segment. Any other routing will require combining two or more Awards in order to fulfill a redemption request.  Please click on this link in order to know the required miles for your upgrade.

Application submitted between 56 days (8 weeks) and 24 hours before the departure time of the flight for which upgrading is requested is acceptable. Upon completion of an upgrade, the reservation made in the lower class flight that has been initially made will be automatically cancelled.


  • >For Air New Zealand, apply between 28 days prior to the boarding date and 24 hours prior to departure.
  • For All Nippon Airways apply between 56 days prior to the boarding date and 24 hours prior to departure.
  • Tickets are not re-issued for SAUA confirmed bookings. Major elements for SAUA are automatically inserted in your booking reference and you will travel in the upgraded class with full privileges of the class of travel.



  • Star Alliance Upgrade Awards that have been applied for once are valid only for your reserved flights. Open tickets are not permitted.
  • Upgrade Awards are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.


You can log on line to view your latest registered flight, non-flight and award redemption activities in your account. Quarterly ShebaMiles statements which you can view online in your account or sent as e-statements provide a convenient record of the miles you have flown and the Award Miles you have accrued. If you have redeemed any award miles during the statement period, this will also be indicated, and your Award Miles balance as at the statement date will be shown.

To preserve the security of your ShebaMiles account, both award requests and account enquires must be made by the account holder only. Awards may be transferred to any award nominee or beneficiary by fulfilling the required online or physical requests and/or documentation by the member.

All award travel is subject to availability at the time of booking. Availability can vary according to flight, destination, day of travel and season. Ethiopian Airlines reserves the right to impose limitations and/or embargo periods on award travel.

Application for an Award Ticket is open from 365 days to 2 days before flight departure. Application confirmed more than 96 hours before scheduled flight departure should be ticketed before 72 hours before scheduled departure. Applications confirmed within 96 hours should be ticketed within 24 hours of the scheduled departure.

Awards, that are ticketed, are valid for 12 months or 1 year from the date of award mile redemption and ticketing.

You can enjoy a higher class of service when you have paid for the immediate lower cabin eligible class on Ethiopian Airlines and Star Alliance Member Airlines and if the desired seats are available.

You should order Upgrade Award at Ethiopian Airlines ticket office for a higher cabin on advance reservation. Upgrade Award can also be completed at check-in and boarding process using a purchased ticket and confirmed boarding pass on the actual boarding date. Please log on to your membership account and click here. However, for upgrade applications on Star Alliance member airlines is allowed only through the Ethiopian Airlines website.  Please log on to your membership account to process your Star Alliance upgrade award.

Miles cannot be pooled between two or more accounts for single award utilization.

You can purchase minimum of 1,000 miles and maximum of 20,000 miles to issue an award ticket in 12 consecutive months and if you are on Blue, Silver or Gold membership Tier levels.

You can log in and apply on-line through thislink or contact the nearest Ethiopian Airlines Ticket office for assisted award redemption.

You are permitted one voluntary stopover enroute to/from your turn-around destination.

Yes. ShebaMiles members can transfer their award ticket to their spouses, friends or any other person if the required formalities are fulfilled. However, it is not possible to combine or transfer miles between accounts.

Once your selected award travel has been ticketed, it is possible to change for a nominal administration fee. All award travel changes must be notified not later than 48 hours prior to the originally scheduled departure.


  • USD 50.00 per change for award tickets on ET international flights within the award validity date;
  • USD 50.00 per change for award tickets on Star Alliance partners, ASKY and Malawian Airlines flights within the award validity date;
  • USD 20.00 per change for award tickets on ET domestic flights within the award validity date;
  • USD 5.00 per change for class upgrade awards on ET flights within the award validity date.
Once miles are exchanged into tickets, re-routing of flight segments is not allowed.


Unused portions of award travel tickets cannot be re-credited to your account. Also, please keep in mind that ticket coupons for award flights involving connecting flights or stopovers must be used in the correct sequence.


  • USD 100.00 per redemption transaction for awards on ET international flights within the award validity date;
  • USD 100.00 per redemption transaction for awards on Star Alliance partners, ASKY and Malawian Airlines flights within the award validity date;
  • USD 50.00 per redemption transaction for awards on ET domestic flights within the award validity date.
Expired miles and a partially used award tickets are non-refundable.


If your name, email address, as well as mailing address are identical on both accounts, you may request to merge together the duplicate accounts by sending the request to along with the copy of your valid passport.

It is not possible to merge accounts that belong to another person.

As per ShebaMiles Program Terms and Conditions, Miles are not transferable and cannot be combined with the Miles of any other Frequent Flyer Program.

No, it is not possible to earn miles from the upgraded business class using your award miles. You will earn the applicable economy class miles according to the purchased ticket fare.

Members cannot add miles flown by their family members into their accounts as the ShebaMiles program is not currently running a Family Program.

Miles cannot be transferred between two or more accounts. However, for exceptional cases such as death of the account holder you may contact us through

The miles earned are valid for 3 years as of the date they are credited to your account. The information regarding the expiring miles(if any) is indicated on your mileage statement which is sent to your email address as well as displayed online after logging in to your account using this link The validity of expiring miles will be extended for one more calendar year if you travel on full fare tickets, purchase miles or register eligible activities from services taken with our Non-Airline Partners during the year when your miles are due for expiry. Please note that activities such as award mile refunds and flights taken on ShebaMiles award tickets will not extend the validity of your expiring miles.

ShebaMiles Program Members can earn miles through flying on Ethiopian Airlines, ASKY, Malawian Airlines and other Star Alliance member airlines and using the services of Non-Airline Partners.
Miles cannot be accrued unless you actually travel and complete your flights or use the services of our non-airline Partners.

Base/Status Miles mean Miles accrued by a member under ShebaMiles in respect to basic consumption of qualifying goods and services. Base/Status miles are the actual flown distance between two cities that you earn on Ethiopian and other Star Alliance member airlines flights.

Bonus Miles are additional promotional miles such as Tier Bonus, enrollment bonus, online enrollment bonus, etc. or miles that you earn from the Program partner hotels, car rental companies and through the Program Promotional offers.

All flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines, ASKY Airlines, Malawian Airlines and Star Alliance member airlines are eligible except charter flights and flights specifically restricted from mile earning which is advised during booking.

Please click on this link, so as to refer to the detailed booking class classification and mileage earning percentages for each Airline Partner.

To receive automatic mileage credit, the name on your ShebaMiles membership account needs to match the name on your ticket. It is always important to have your tickets issued under the name that appears on your ShebaMiles membership account. However, if the name on passport does not match with that of your name on your ShebaMiles account please use the name that appears on your passport and send us copy of your passport along with your membership account number so that we may amend your name accordingly.

Retroactive Registration for miles you have earned 90 days before signing up for ShebaMiles membership is possible as long as retroactive mile registration formalities are completed within 12 months from the date of travel.


Yes. You will earn miles according to the Upgrade type:

  • Upgrade against your Miles redemption- You will receive credit of economy class miles according to the booking class earning percentage on your economy class ticket.
  • Upgrade against cash payment at the Airport- You will receive credit of additional business class bonus miles which is 50% of the base miles for the flown segment distance.


If your ShebaMiles membership number is provided while making your reservation and at check-in and upon completion of your journey, miles will be credited automatically to your account within 72 hours following your flight.


Your miles may not get registered due to one of the following reasons:

  • Your membership number was not registered at the time of booking, ticketing and/or check-in.  Thus, please ensure whenever you travel with Ethiopian, Star Alliance member carriers, ASKY airlines and/or Malawian Airlines flights, register your membership number at the time of booking, ticketing and/or check-in. 
  • Completed flights after being registered do not reflect on the account due to name mismatch on the purchased ticket and on the membership account. Thus, please make sure to issue tickets according to passport. And if your names on your ShebaMiles profile are different from names on the passport, please email your scanned copies of the passport to the address


You can request missing mile credit online using your membership number as log-in ID and password. For flights completed with Ethiopian, please follow this link and fill out the necessary self-explanatory requests:

For flights completed with Star Alliance member carriers as well as ASKY Airlines and Malawian Airlines, please forward the scanned copy of your tickets and boarding passes to Retroactive Credit requests on ShebaMiles Service Partner Airlines (ASKY, Malawian, and Star Alliance Member Airlines) reflect in membership account within 14 to 30 days from the date request is received at any of the Retroactive Registration contact points.

If you are a member of Star Alliance member Airline Frequent Flyer Program and in order to receive credit for missing flights, you will need to send a copy of your ticket receipt and original boarding passes to your Loyalty program service center. For such situations, it is always advisable to retain your original boarding passes and a copy of the tickets until the miles appear in your account statement.

Your ShebaMiles membership card will be sent to your address once you achieve Silver and the next higher Tier levels. 

You can use your membership number or temporary card until you receive your permanent card. You can also log in to your ShebaMiles account online to download your digital card for all Tier levels and use it to receive services according to your Tier status.

Please make sure that you have provided a standard physical mailing address so that you can receive your card within four weeks.

There could be multiple reasons that you have not yet received your permanent membership card. The following could be the reasons:

1. The physical mailing address you provided when registering to the program may not be correct. Please log-in and check your address.

2. You have not yet qualified for a permanent ShebaMiles card. Click here for the requirement.


Please log in and check the mailing address in your profile and as per the mailing address standard of your country of residence and if it is complete, please click on 'Lost Card Replacement Request' here


  • If your name error is due to spelling or name order like swapping of first name and surname, please send us the scanned copy of your valid passport at ShebaMiles@ethiopianairlines.comby indicating your ShebaMiles membership number. Please try to use the email address in your ShebaMiles profile as much as possible.
  • For last name/surname changes and full name changes due to marriage or legal authorizations:
    • The name change request should be accompanied by copy of the relevant original document authorizing the change /court order or marriage certificate or other decision if any.  It should not be accompanied by the evidence of the change (passport) only.
    • The request should be accompanied by relevant documents copy i.e. ShebaMiles membership card, your previous and new valid passport or your previous and current government Id if you do not have a passport.
    • English translation of non-English documents.
    • Ethiopian Airlines may require the member to take such steps to verify the genuineness of the name change request through different means if Ethiopian Airlines has any suspicion.


For more information on membership benefits for each status, please click here

No. When you travel on any Star Alliance partner carrier, you may enjoy from the below benefits with your Blue, Silver and Gold membership status.

Silver Tier level in ShebaMiles is equivalent to Star Alliance Silver status. Gold Tier level is equivalent to Star Alliance Gold.

Star Alliance Silver Benefits

  • Priority Reservations Waitlisting - when there aren't any seats left on your preferred flight, gives you priority should a seat become available. (Not permitted for Star Alliance Award tickets.)
  • Priority Airport Standby - gives you top priority when standing by for a flight at the airport.


Star Alliance Gold Benefits

  • Priority Reservations Waitlisting - when there aren't any seats left on your preferred flight, gives you priority should a seat become available. (Not permitted for Star Alliance Award tickets.)
  • Priority Airport Standby - gives you top priority when standing-by a flight at the airport. (Not permitted for Star Alliance Award ticket travels.)
  • Priority Airport Check-in - allows you to check-in at the Business and/or First Class counter.
  • Priority Baggage Handling - like you, your bags get priority treatment and are among the first to be unloaded.
  • Extra Baggage Allowance - an additional 20kg or one additional piece of luggage (on transatlantic flights) which means you can check in three bags instead of two.
  • Priority Boarding - enjoy the freedom of boarding at your convenience along with First and Business Class passengers.
  • Airport Lounge Access - Star Alliance Gold card holders and one guest, have access to any lounge around the world that is identified with a Star Alliance Gold lounge sign when departing on a Star Alliance flight, no matter which class of service they travel in.

Just look for the 'Star Alliance Gold' sign outside the lounge and present the ticket for your same-day Star Alliance flight, your boarding pass and your Frequent Flyer Program card featuring the Star Alliance Gold logo. Guests must enter the lounges with an eligible Star Alliance Gold member and must depart on a Star Alliance member airline, but may travel on a different flight.

Please refer to the benefits offered in detail here.

There are four membership statuses in the ShebaMiles Program. These are Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum membership statuses.

For more information on membership status qualification, please click here

Membership Tier level is not upgraded based on total mileage balance. A member’s Tier status is determined by the accrual of qualifying miles/segments within one calendar year (Jan1st-Dec 31st).

Blue membership has an effective date that represents the qualification month and year and has no end date. Silver & Gold memberships have at least 12 months of validity when a member has qualified for the membership not involving Retroactive Mile registration. Platinum membership has at least 24 months of validity when a member has qualified for the membership not involving Retroactive Mile registration. Retroactive Mile registration affects the qualification date, which may also affect the validity period.

A Password is required in order to allow access your ShebaMiles membership account via our website. By accessing your account online, you can update your personal information; such as your mailing address, email address, phone numbers, fax numbers, claim your missing flights, view your registered miles, track your card, and so much more.


You shall have your unique, personal and valid email address in your ShebaMiles profile to generate your password. If you do not have an email address or if you are not using the email address found in your profile anymore, please send us the scanned copy of your current passport with your email address to

To retrieve your password on your already existing email address in your profile, please click here. Your password will be sent to this email address.


To change your Password, please click log in to access your account online and click here

It is not possible to merge accounts that belong to another person.

ShebaMiles is the Frequent Flyer Program of Ethiopian Airlines. ShebaMiles Program Members can earn miles through flying on Ethiopian Airlines, ASKY Airlines, Malawian Airlines and Star Alliance Partner airlines and using the services of Non-Airline Partners. Once enough miles are accumulated, they can be redeemed for Award Tickets and Class Upgrades on Ethiopian Airlines and its partners.

To join the Program click here

Please read the Program Terms and Conditions here

You shall fill the form by filling your Last name (Grand Father's Name/Surname) and First Name (Your Name) + Middle Name (Your Father's Name) must be written exactly as it appears on your passport. You need to complete and submit the online application form by clicking here

Any person aged 2 years and above can become a member. Children between 2-18 years of age can become members through the signature of their parents/guardian on the ShebaMiles application form (hard copy) only; i.e. it is not possible to enroll through the website. Furthermore, no subscription/membership fee is charged.

No. The number on your Temporary card will be retained as the Permanent membership number.

Simply click here to log in to your ShebaMiles membership account using your membership number and password. 

Online check-in is a service offered by Ethiopian Airlines in which passengers can check-in their flights using our website, mobile App or social Bots within 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight from wherever you are.

You can select your preferred seats, update your travel preferences, access our additional services and print your boarding pass online. This is a great alternative to avoid long queues at the airport.

Online Check-In is available for All Ethiopian Airlines flights except from Mombasa, Ndjamena and Bamako.

Yes it is possible on Ethiopian airlines website but not on ET Mobile App & social bots

Anyone can use the online check-in facility.

The following types of passengers are not allowed to check in online and must proceed to the airport for check-in:

  • Passengers requiring Medical Assistance
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Passengers travelling in a group and are registered as a group in the booking but not more than 15 travelers.
  • Passengers whose ticket requires some additional payment
  • Passengers with travel document that requires further verification at check-in counter
  • Pregnant Mothers
  • Wheel Chair Passengers and
  • Passengers who require special assistance.

Online check-in is available between 72 to 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of a flight.

Online check-in is possible on all Ethiopian airlines-operated flights.

You only need your Passport, the E-ticket number or Booking Reference to make use of our online check-in services.

Yes, you can check in your infant. Please ensure you enter your infant name and age in the Check-In record and associate him/her to an adult passenger in the booking.

You can contact our Global Call Centre or the nearest Ethiopian airlines office at any time with regards to your check-in related issue.

Please note that you may encounter issues at online check-in if your passport is not valid up to a minimum of six months.

Yes, you can check in for connecting flights with other airlines as long as the first sector is operated by Ethiopian Airlines. Please note these check-ins are subject to other airline policies and restrictions.

If the ticket document is issued

Online check-in for return flights can only be completed 48 hours before flight departure and after you have departed on the first sector of your flight. However, if one of your sectors is with another airline and you were not able to check in successfully on, you will need to visit the other airline’s website in order for you to check-in.

For domestic flights, please check in online from 2 two days before departure to 1 hour before departure.

For international flights, please check in online 72 hours before departure until 3 hours before departure. You cannot cancel your online check-in 3 hours or less before departure.

Yes. Boarding pass can be printed for each flight sector.

There are several possible reasons why you may not be able to check in online. Some of them are:-

  • You are not holding e-Ticket or you are originating from the following cities;- Mombasa, Bamako & Ndjamena
  • When origin point is offline point where ET is not the operating carrier
    • If the Booking code/PNR is not ticketed or if the VCR/ticket status is anything else except OK
    • It is possible that you are checking in for your flight out of the normal sequence of your itinerary. You must check in for flights in the same sequence of your itinerary for e.g., if your flight itinerary is as follows: Nairobi - Addis Ababa - Hong Kong
      You must check in for Nairobi – Addis Ababa prior to checking in for Addis Ababa - Hong Kong.

Yes, you can check in your travelling companions if you make your bookings together, provided they share the same booking reference as yours in our record.

You will need the passport(s) of the traveling passengers as you may need to enter Advance Passenger Information (APIS) along with a booking reference or ticket number.

If you fail to check in on time, you may be refused for carriage on your flight. This is in the interest of maintaining Ethiopian on-time performance and to ensure those on the flight who have connecting flights can make it on time.

  • Depending on your fare conditions, a failure to check in on time may also result in:
    The loss of the original fare value. You may be required to make a new booking and pay for a new ticket if you wish to travel, or
  • Pay a change fee penalty plus any difference between the fare of your new booking and the original fare


Passenger with no luggage shall arrive at the gate 30 minutes prior to boarding. If the passenger with baggage drop off shall arrive at web check-in counter at least 1 hour before departure for international flights and 45 minutes before departure for the domestic flight.

The airports listed below will allow you to use a digital boarding pass on your mobile ;-

  • Africa
  • Addis Ababa, Cape town, Cotonou, Conakry, Victoria falls,Nairbi,Yaounde,Maputo,Lagos,Luanda,Johansburg,Enugu,Duala, Dar Es Salaam and Abuja,

  • Europe
  • Vienna, Oslo, Millan, Marseille, London, Manchester, Istanbul, Geneva, Rome, Frankfurt, Moscow, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm,

  • Asia and Pacific
  • Hongkong

  • Middle east
  • Tel Aviv and Riyadh

  • USA and Canada
  • Toronto, Chicago and New York

  • Latin America
  • Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires


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