Heathrow Rewards, the shopping rewards scheme for the airport, has added Etihad Guest as its latest airline partner.
This means that you can now transfer your points to British Airways, Virgin, Miles & More and Etihad, as well as redeeming for Heathrow Airport shopping vouchers.
Heathrow Rewards lets you earn 1 point for every £1 you spend at Heathrow Airport retailers, as well as parking, Heathrow Express tickets (online bookings only) and foreign currency transactions (1 point per £10 exchanged).
Until 30th June, you will receive double miles on transfers of Heathrow Rewards points to Etihad. This is not a bad deal, assuming that you want the miles.
Etihad is also running two special promotions in conjunction with Heathrow Rewards:
If you have the MBNA Etihad Guest credit cards, you will be promoted to Premier status in the Heathrow Rewards programme. This doubles your earning rate.
You can earn 1,100 Heathrow Rewards points by signing up and spending £25 before 30th June. Visit this page (deleted as link now dead) and click through the link – the code EGLAUNCH should be automatically added to the Heathrow Rewards application form.
Remember that Heathrow Rewards membership is limited to one per address and the system will not allow duplicates.
It is also worth remembering that the 1,100 points earned from the sign-up promotion do not necessarily have to be transferred to Etihad. You could send them to BA, Virgin or Miles & More or use them for a Heathrow shopping voucher.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (September 2022)
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 cards.
Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 10,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.