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1,000 free Etihad Guest miles for everyone – and an upgrade to Silver after one flight

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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:


Visit the Heinemann website here

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.

Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

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 cardsThese 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.

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).

Comments (48)

  • Dave says:

    Have recently booked Etihad flights Chennai to London return in June .Signed up to Etihad guest and now find if I had waited could have qualified for Siver .All I can get now is 1000 miles.Shame!!!

  • Alex W says:

    Any more tips on how to get the sign up form to work?

    • TimS says:

      I’ve just managed to sign up my wife without issue.

      I’m not sure what the problem that you seem to be experiencing is as it works fine.

      • Adam says:

        Hi all,

        I’m also having trouble signing up to Etihad guest. I keep getting ‘application not submitted’ error coming up, as if I haven’t filled in all the required fields.

        Any ideas?

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