Heinemann is the German equivalent of World Duty Free. It has its own loyalty programme, Heinemann & Me, and at present is offering all new and existing members 1,000 Etihad Guest or airberlin topbonus miles.
If you have an Etihad flight planned but are not a member of Etihad Guest, it will also elevate you to Etihad Silver status after one flight.
This is what you need to do:
If you have an Etihad account, tick that box and leave the other boxes empty
Register for Heinemann & Me. UK addresses are accepted and, in any event, they will not send you a membership card unless you ask for one as you can use the smartphone app instead when shopping.
You add your Etihad Guest number to your Heinemann profile during the registration process
That’s it. According to the rules, you will receive 1,000 Etihad Guest miles within two months. No purchase is required.
(If you would prefer to earn 1,000 airberlin miles, follow the same process but tick the airberlin box.)
The deadline for taking part in this offer is 30th April.
Free Etihad Silver status for new members
If you do not have an Etihad Guest account, you can sign up via Heinemann and receive an upgrade to Etihad Silver status after your first flight.
As well as benefitting you when flying on Etihad, it would also have some benefits when flying with any of the Etihad Airways Partners airlines.
Here are the rules:
You need to join Etihad Guest via this special link (it will not mention Heinemann on the form but your browser URL should show ‘sourcecode=HEINEMANN’)
You must sign up before 30th April
You must take one return flight in Economy or one one-way flight in Business or First Class before 31st July
Limited to the first 1,000 members to complete a qualifying flight
There is also an airberlin offer for new members, offering a 50% miles rebate on your first redemption, but this is unlikely to be of much interest to UK residents despite airberlin being a oneworld member.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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 four 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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.