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 have updated our round up of some of the highest Etihad Guest miles-earning cards on the market after the Amex changes took effect in April 2019, with American Express options earning at least 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.

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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 / OfferAmerican Express
Etihad Guest Mile earned / $ spent
Visa/Mastercard/Diners Etihad Guest Mile
earned / $ spent
Points CapAnnual fee ($)Our Guide
American Express
Platinum Charge ↓
1.125 miles on all eligible spend, and 0.5 mile on spend at government bodies-uncapped1,450
American Express
Business Platinum
Charge ↓
1.125 miles on all eligible spend, and 0.5 mile on spend at government bodies-uncapped1,750
American Express
Explorer ↓
1 mile-uncapped395
American Express Business Explorer ↓1 mile-uncapped395
American Express
Platinum Edge ↓
0.5 mile on general spend including utilities and ATO
1 mile on overseas spend
1.5 miles at supermarkets and petrol stations
-uncapped195
Diners Club Card + World Mastercard-1 on Diners
0.375 on Mastercard
uncapped299n/a
Citi Prestige Visa ↓-0.33 mile on general spend
0.66 mile at major petrol
stations, supermarkets
and retailers
1 mile at major
restaurants, airlines
and international
spend
uncapped700

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 Platinum Charge Card earns the equivalent of at least 1.125 Asia miles per dollar for most transactions uncapped, and 0.5 mile per dollar on spend at government bodies.



The American Express Platinum Business Charge also earns the equivalent of 1.125 Etihad Guest miles per dollar for most transactions uncapped, and 0.5 mile per dollar on spend at government bodies.



The American Express Explorer earns the equivalent of 1 Etihad Guest Mile per dollar uncapped, 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 Etihad Guest Mile per dollar with no points cap, including utilities. Government bodies earn at 0.5 miles per $ spent.



The American Express Edge earns the equivalent of at least 0.5 Etihad Guest Mile per dollar for most transactions including utilities and at the ATO, 1 mile per $ overseas, and 1.5 miles at supermarkets and on fuel spend.



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.

The highest Etihad Guest miles-earning credit cards was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt