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Quick updates: Emirates / Amex MR and Etihad BusinessConnect promo

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Here are two quick updates on recent posts, because I thought the info was worth sharing.

Emirates / Membership Rewards

First, I posted on Monday that Emirates is now a partner with UK American Express Membership Rewards.

I can confirm that points transfers from Amex are instantaneous.   (Virgin Atlantic transfers from Amex also go across instantly.)  I did a transfer yesterday morning and the points were in my Emirates account 30 seconds later.

However, your accounts must be linked first.  If you have not already linked your Emirates account to your Amex Membership Rewards account, the first transfer you do will take at least 48 hours because it takes 48 hours for Emirates to confirm your membership details to Amex.

Remember that you get a 25% bonus on Amex transfers to Emirates if you transfer on or before November 21st.  However, only the first transfer you do will attract the bonus.

Whilst US-focussed, this article from The Points Guy has some interesting ‘sweet spot’ ideas.  For example, Emirates runs a non-stop flight from New York to Milan.  Business Class return is only 90,000 miles and First Class – in an private suite – just 135,000 miles.  With the 25% transfer bonus, these redemptions look great value as long as you don’t mind taking a positioning flight to Italy.

Emirates A380

Etihad BusinessConnect promotion

I posted here about Etihad’s generous BusinessConnect promotion.  You had, before 30th October, to open an Etihad BusinessConnect account in the name of your company and link your personal Etihad account to it.  You would receive 10,000 miles in your personal account and your company would receive 10,000 miles.

I received both sets of miles yesterday.  The initial opening bonus in my company account was topped up to 10,000 from the initial 5,000, and I got 10,000 miles added to my personal account.

The only use for the miles in the company account – unless someone knows otherwise – would be to cash them out for roughly £40 of Visa card via PointsPay.  The miles in my personal account will be topped up by an Amex Membership Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest transfer and used for a redemption.

Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (December 2020)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Comments (8)

  • Phillip says:

    6655 gets you a one way flight in Pearl Business, between AUH-MCT, transfers in U.A.E. included! 😉

  • Gordon says:

    Is it possible to top up the business account and use for a redemption?

    • Rob says:

      That’s what I don’t know. If Etihad does not do name confirmations, I could potentially send some Amex points over from my personal account. For the sake of 10k, though, I am tempted to cash them out for an easy life.

  • DOH-DXB flights cab be had under 5k miles one-way. It’s the best and only deal with these mininmal miles…

  • James says:

    Mine posted yesterday too, good news

  • Gurinder says:

    Converted my 20000 points to Amazon voucher worth £90. My SSD drive is sorted 🙂

    • Rob says:

      I tried to do this. However, when I signed up they insisted on a mobile number, so I gave a false one. And to redeem they insist on texting a code to your mobile. And you can’t change your mobile online! Currently in 3rd day of waiting for them to fix it via email query.