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Got the Etihad credit card? Get a free upgrade to Heathrow Rewards premium tier

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A few Head for Points readers will have applied for the Etihad Guest credit card in recent weeks.  This is due to the generous 15,000 miles sign-up bonus on offer until the end of May.

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.

Heathrow Rewards gives you 1 point for every £1 spent in Heathrow (1 per £10 on foreign exchange) or on Heathrow Express tickets (online bookings only). Once you’ve earned 250 points you can exchange them for miles or shopping vouchers.

Heathrow Rewards

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 2017 and all of 2018.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (November 2020)

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:

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, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Comments (35)

  • Jovanna says:

    OT: Is there anything specific that I need to do to get Hilton to charge my card now for a reservation next week? I’m trying to trigger the cash back on my Amex card, which ends in a few days.

    I tried calling the hotel and they said not to worry as it would be charged before my arrival…

    This was one of those immediate payment required type bookings. Nothing has appeared as pending on my account and I made the reservation on Tuesday.

    • johnny_c-l says:

      The best thing to do is just speak to the hotel and ask them to do it now. There’s no reason for them not to want to do it, and equally no guarantee they would do it before the offer ends if left to their own devices.

  • rj-24 says:

    I tried to register and got the message “Thank you for your interest in this promotion.
    It seems that you have already registered for it.” having only had the etihad card for <6 months, I don't recall registering.