Etihad Guest is a transfer partner of several bank rewards programs in Australia and, as a result, earning Etihad Guest miles from credit card spend is one of the key ways you can get your hands on points. If you happen to put a lot of your day-to-day spend on American Express, Visa or MasterCard, there are some high points earning options out there.
We’ve rounded up some of the highest Etihad Guest miles-earning cards on the market, with American Express options earning more than 1 mile per $, and the Visa/MasterCard options earning over 0.75 miles per $.
We’ve included an overview table so you can assess the cards that are out there, versus those you may have in your wallet. We also include some of the current sign-up bonuses for new applicants.
Redemptions on domestic and Trans-Tasman Virgin Australia Business Class flights are one of the best uses of Etihad Guest miles
The highest Etihad Guest miles-earning credit cards
|Card / Offer||American Express |
Etihad Guest Mile earned / $ spent
|Visa/Mastercard/Diners Etihad Guest Mile|
earned / $ spent
|Points Cap||Annual fee ($)||Our Guide|
|2 mile (1 mile after cap)||-||100,000 p.a.||160||→|
|American Express |
|American Express Business Explorer ↓||1.5 miles||-||uncapped||395||→|
|American Express |
Platinum Charge ↓
|1 mile on general spend |
except utilities and ATO
3 miles at selected restaurants
2 miles on travel & overseas
|American Express |
Platinum Edge ↓
|1 mile on general spend except utilities and ATO|
3 mile at supermarkets
2 mile on fuel
|American Express |
|1 mile on general spend|
2 mile on selected business
and advertising expenses,
at most restaurants
in Australia, on travel
and overseas spend
|Diners Club Card + World Mastercard||-||1 on Diners|
0.375 on Mastercard
|Citi Prestige Visa ↓||-||0.33 mile on general spend|
0.66 mile at major petrol
0.99 miles at major
How to analyse this list
For all the cards and offers listed on this page we are only touching on the ‘effective earn rate’ – this is when points in the parent bank/credit card rewards program are transferred to Etihad Guest Miles, and is a way to compare the specific points earn rates for each card across various credit card rewards programs that offer different headline earn rates and transfer rates to frequent flyer programs.
Each card has other benefits too, along with other transfer partners, annual fees and terms and conditions – so be sure to check out the full guide to each card.
There’s also the sign-up bonus of a card to consider. A large sign-up bonus may help to offset a lower earn rate on a card, so bear that in mind. It depends how much spend you put on your credit card each month, and how long you keep the card for.
Each card offer, with bonus, fee and other offer information on this page will be up-to-date at the time of publication, however, please note that offers change over time.
Some current offers for Etihad Guest miles-earning credit cards
The American Express Explorer earns the equivalent of 1.5 Etihad Guest miles per dollar with no points cap, including utilities. Government bodies earn at 0.5 miles per $ spent.
The American Express Business Explorer is very similar to the personal version of the card and earns the equivalent of 1.5 Etihad Guest miles per dollar with no points cap, including utilities. Government bodies earn at 0.5 miles per $ spent.
The American Express Platinum Charge Card earns the equivalent of at least 1 Etihad Guest mile per dollar for most transactions, with 3 miles per $ on restaurant and dining spend, and 2 miles per $ on travel and overseas spend – those bonuses are available up to 300,000 points per year.
Utilities & government bodies earn at 0.5 Miles per $ spent.
The American Express Edge earns the equivalent of at least 1 Etihad Guest mile per dollar for most transactions, with 3 miles per $ on supermarket spend, and 2 miles per $ on fuel spend uncapped.
Utilities & government bodies earn at 0.5 miles per $ spent.
The American Express Platinum Business Charge earns the equivalent of 1 Etihad Guest mile per dollar on general spend, and 2 miles on travel and overseas spend, and selected restaurant, business and advertising expenses, capped at 375,000 p.a.
The Citi Prestige Visa earns the equivalent of 0.33 mile on general spend,
0.66 mile at major petrol stations, supermarkets and retailers, and 0.99 miles at major restaurants, airlines and international spend.
Cards in the table but not mentioned above
Offers for some of the cards are not mentioned above as they don’t offer a sign-up bonus, or we don’t have a guide for them yet.
The focus of this guide is to outline the highest Etihad Guest miles-earning credit cards out there – there are also other cards with differing points earn rates and annual fees that are also linked to Etihad Guest miles. Check out the cards table for the list.
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