In a move that took a few people by surprise, Flybuys today announced it was partnering with the Etihad Guest program. This is the first time that Flybuys has partnered with a Frequent Flyer program – and under the terms announced today, there will be an ability to convert Flybuys Points to Etihad Guest points, while at the same time allowing Flybuys points to be earned when booking Etihad flights.
Converting Flybuys points to Etihad Guest miles
Under the partnership announced today, there is no facility to directly earn Etihad Guest Miles while shppoing at Flybuys partners. They do provide a mechanism for converting Flybuys points across to Etihad Guest miles. As it stands, you can convert points across in mutliples of 10,000 Flybuys points. Each 10,000 Flybuys points will convert to 4,000 Etihad Guest miles.
The thing that may make this lucrative is the breadth of earnings opportunities that exist within flybuys, especially with regard to various points boost options.
There are also a range of credit cards that earn Flybuys points. An example is the Coles Rewards Mastercard. Using this card will allow an earn rate of effectively 0.8 Etihad Guest miles per dollar spent on the card. One of the main interesting features of this card is that you are able to spend on international purchases with no foreign exchange fees.
Earning Etihad Tier Miles
In a slightly unusual twist, you will be able to earn Tier Miles while shopping at Coles, Coles Online, Coles Express, Liquorland and First Choice. That’s right – your spend can count toward gaining status in the Etihad Guest program.
On an ongoing basis, you will earn 1 Tier Mile for each dollar spend at the particpating outlets. There is a standard limit of 2,500 Tier Miles that may be earned in each month on this path, and you do need to earn 25,000 Tier Miles to gain silver status. So, it is unlikely that status will be gained through shopping, but as every hard core Frequent Flyer knows, every little bit counts when you are trying to achieve status.
Flybuys points for flying
As part of the partnership, you are also able to earn Flybuys points when purchasing flights on Etihad Airways. This needs to be done through a special page that has been set up on the Flybuys website.
The above deals mainly with the ongoing earn rates that may be achieved. To kick things off there are some special deals on offer:
- Earn 3 Etihad Guest tier miles for every $1 spent at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, Liquorland and First Choice. – up to a maximum of 5,000 tier miles per month
- Collect 5 flybuys point for every $1 spent on the purchase of an Etihad Airways flight ticket
For more information, see the flybuys partner page: flybuys.com.au/partners/etihad