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 (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).