A lot of Head for Points readers will have applied for the Etihad Guest credit card in recent weeks. This is due to the exceptionally generous 25,000 miles sign-up bonus – the most generous bonus on a free travel credit card for two years.
If you have signed up, there is an extra bonus you may not be aware of.
Etihad credit card holders get a free upgrade to the Heathrow Rewards premium tier.
The premium tier usually requires £500 per year of spending. The one and only benefit is double Heathrow Rewards points on all of your spending, ie 2 points per £1.
Registration is easy.
Go to this page on the Etihad website and click through the link to the Heathrow Rewards site. You must be logged out of Heathrow Rewards or it will not work.
It is not clear how long you will keep the status. It works on calendar year, so I would imagine that – even if you cancel your Etihad credit card tomorrow – you would retain it for the rest of 2015 and all of 2016.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a special offer which expires on 9th November 2021.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Etihad Guest miles. 60,000 points is a special offer which expires on 2nd November 2021.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
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) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).