Transfer Points To Etihad - Calculators and Credit Cards

Transfer Points To Etihad Guest

Calculate the transfer of points from partner programs to Etihad Guest and get the details on the best partner cards to earn lots of Etihad Guest Miles.


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Etihad Guest Miles can be earned by transferring rewards earned in 10 different partner programs directly to your Etihad Guest account. This gives you the ability to earn miles running everyday spend through partner credit cards and by earning large chunks of miles through sign up bonuses on partner cards. For those based in the United States, this is the best way to go about earning Etihad Guest Miles outside of flying Etihad and their partners.

Transferring Rewards To Etihad Guest

Etihad does not offer any credit cards for those based in the United States. Luckily they are Etihad has several direct transfer partners in which you can transfer your earned points directly to your Etihad Guest account. You can use the Etihad Guest Transfer Calculator below to calculate the transfer of points from partner programs to Etihad Guest. The calculator will output how many points/rewards are needed in the partner program to equal the amount of Etihad Guest Miles you specified, once transferred.

Accor Hotels

Accor Points transfers to Etihad Guest at a 2:1 ratio. Accor Hotels does not offer any co-branded credit cards for U.S. based citizens so you'll have to earn points on Accor stays and with travel partners. Accor Points are easily worth 2 cents (Euro) when redeemed for free nights at Accor brand hotels, so you will want to keep that in mind.

AMEX Membership Rewards

American Express features 10 credit cards in their Membership Rewards Program. AMEX Points earned with these cards transfer to Etihad at a 1:1 ratio which makes this program one of the best choices for earning Etihad Guest Miles. There cards covers the categories of airfare, U.S. grocery, restaurants, gas, and several business categories. You can easily earn 2 to 5 points per $1 spent on all purchases with the perfect combination of AMEX credit cards.

Capital One Rewards

Capital One Rewards features both the Venture Rewards and Spark Rewards programs. Capital One Miles earned in both programs transfers to Etihad Guest at a 4:3 ratio. Promotions aside, the most Capital One Miles you can earn in either program is 2 miles per $1 spent which is equal to 1.5 Etihad Guest Miles once transferred which isn't bad as a flat rate. You can earn a slightly higher rate of 2 points per $1 using flat rate cards offered by both American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

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Citi ThankYou Rewards

Citi ThankYou Points transfers to Etihad Guest at a 1:1 ratio making the ThankYou Rewards Program another solid choice for those looking to earn a bunch of Etihad Guest Miles. Citi doesn't offer as many credit cards as American Express, but that doesn't stop them from offering superb returns on the few cards they do have. Citi's cards span across categories such as travel, dining, entertainment, gas, and supermarket purchases. As of September 2019, cash back earned with the 2% cash back Citi Double Cash also can be converted to ThankYou Points at a 1 cent for 1 point ratio. This means you can earn between 2 to 5 points on all purchases.

Hilton Hotels

Hilton Honors Points transfers to Etihad Guest at a 10:1 ratio. While it's fairly easy to hit the max earning rate of 34x Hilton Honors Points per $1 spent at Hilton Hotels using the Hilton Aspire Card, that would only give you 3.4 Etihad Guest Miles which is nothing close to the value of those points when used for free nights. Hilton is better used to top off the accounts rather than be a primary source of earning miles. Including Etihad, Hilton Honors Points can be transferred to a total of 42 partners.

Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Points transfers to Etihad Guest at a 2.5:1 ratio. Hyatt also gives a bonus 5,000 points for every 50,000-point transfer to airline partners. While that's a great ratio and a nice bonus, Hyatt Points cannot be earned as fast as other hotel loyalty programs. When spending at Hyatt Hotels, Hyatt members will only earn 5 base points per $1 spent with the ability to earn up to 10.5 points when you combine Hyatt Elite Status and the Hyatt credit card. Hyatt Points are best used for free nights at Hyatt Hotels in which you'll sweep up a superb average of 1.8 cents per Hyatt Point.

Hilton Hotels

IHG Hotels

IHG Points transfers to Etihad at a 5:1 ratio. Similar to Hilton, you can earn a lot of IHG Points combining IHG Credit Cards with IHG Elite Status. Promotions aside, you can earn 30 IHG Points per $1 spent at IHG Hotels which is equal to 6 Etihad Guest Miles once transferred and that's not a bad rate if you enjoy staying at IHG hotels.

Marriott Hotels

Marriott is one of the top programs for earning airline miles on hotel stays thanks to their 3:1 transfer ratio and the bonus points on 60,000-point transfers. Marriott Bonvoy Members can earn anywhere between 10 to 23.5 points per $1 spent at Marriott hotels which is equal to 3.3 to 7.83 Etihad Guest Miles. If you can earn at least Titanium Status (75 nights) and pick up any of Marriott's annual fee cards, you'll be swimming in Etihad Guest Miles or the miles of Marriott's 40 other airline transfer partners.

Shangri-La Hotels

Shangri-La Golden Circle Award Points transfers to Etihad Guest at a solid 1:1 ratio. This makes Shangri-La a great transfer partner for those who enjoy both programs. Do note that Shangri-La does not offer any U.S. based credit cards, so you will need to earn miles on hotel stays and with their spending partners.

Earning Miles With Partner Credit Cards

All of the credit cards listed in the table below allow you to earn rewards and transfer them directly to your Etihad Guest account. This gives you alternative ways to earn Etihad Guest Miles through spend and sign up bonuses. The earning rates listed are based on the transfer ratio when converting rewards to Etihad Guest Miles. Remember you can use the Search By Currency function to find lists of cards that earn rewards with specific programs!

You can click on any of the credit cards below to calculate how many rewards you can earn based on your monthly/yearly spend. You can set the earning rates to Etihad Guest Miles in each calculator by using the 'View Rewards As...' option.

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AMEX Membership Rewards Credit Cards

Membership Rewards is one of the two best program for earning Etihad Guest Miles thanks to the 1 point for 1 mile transfer ratio. There's a total of 10 credit cards to choose from with about 7 of them being solid to superb options. A few of the best options are listed below.

AMEX Gold Card

The American Express Gold Card earns 4 points per $1 spent on both restaurant (worldwide) and U.S. supermarket purchases. It also earns 3 points per $1 spent on airfare purchased directly with the airline. As a cardholder, you will receive $100 in airline credits with a selected airline (Etihad is not included) and $120 in annual dining credits good towards six different restaurants and delivery services. The AMEX Gold Card also features a great sign up bonus that hovers around 40,000 to 50,000 points which transfers directly to Etihad at an even 1:1 ratio.

AMEX Platinum Card

The American Express Platinum Card earns 5 points per $1 spent on airfare and 5 points per $1 spent on both airfare and hotel spend through the American Express Travel Portal. This is the highest amount of points you can earn on airline spend directly with an airline across all the American Express credit cards. Along with a high earnings on those categories, the AMEX Platinum Card is also packed with elite travel perks and benefits including $500 in annual credits, access to over 1,000 lounges in several networks, Gold elite status with Marriott and Hilton, rental car elite status with Avis (who is a partner of Etihad) and much more. Sign up bonuses for the Platinum Card hovers around 75,000 points with promotional bonuses reaching as high as 100,000 points.

AMEX Everyday Preferred

The AMEX Everyday Preferred is a great alternative to the AMEX Gold Card for those who spend more on gas than they dine out at restaurants. At the basic rate, the card earns 3 points per $1 on U.S. supermarket purchases and 2 points per $1 on gas station purchases. Those who make more than 30 transactions in a statement period will earn a 50% boost to points earned that statement. This means you will be earning 4.5x points on supermarket purchases and 3x points on gas station purchases with the boost.

AMEX Blue Business Plus

The Blue Business Plus Card earns 2 points per $1 spent on the first $50,000 in purchases made during the year. This means you can earn the equivalent of 2 Etihad Guest Miles per $1 spent. This is a great card to pair with any of the other Membership Rewards Cards listed above. It also has no annual fee. If you don't want to pick up a business card with AMEX, the AMEX Everyday Preferred earns 1.5x on non-category spend with the 50% boost.

Citi ThankYou Credit Cards

Citi ThankYou Rewards is another great choice for those looking to rake in Etihad Guest Points. Citi offers 3 point earning credit cards along with one cash back credit card that offers the ability to transfer cash back into ThankYou Points.

Citi Prestige

The Citi Prestige offers 5 points per $1 spent on airfare & dining and 3 points per $1 spent on cruise line and hotel purchases. It also comes with several travel benefits such as it's popular 4th night free perk, $250 in travel credit, priority pass, and more. If you spend heavy in airfare and dining, this will be the card you'll want to have. The Prestige also features a 50,000 point sign up bonuses which transfers at an even 1:1 ratio to Etihad Guest Miles.

Citi Premier

The Citi Premier Card offers 3 points per $1 spent on gas & travel and 2 points per $1 spent on restaurant & entertainment purchases. It's a must have for anyone that spends money on anything that can be labeled as travel. Like the Prestige Card, it offers a great 50,000-point sign up bonus which can be good for anyone looking to easily earn a large chunk of Etihad Guest Miles.

Citi Rewards+

The Citi Rewards+ Card earns 2 points per $1 spent on supermarket and gas station purchases, but that's not why it's in this list. It's in this list because the card features a special benefit which will round up your points to the nearest tenth. This benefit alone can net you a significant amount of bonus points if you know how to use it. For example, a $0.99 cent coffee paid for with the Citi Rewards+ would earn you not 1 point, but 10 points due to it rounding up to the nearest tenth. The fact that this card has no annual fee means you will definitely want to consider this card if you're sticking with earning ThankYou Points.

Citi Double Cash

The Citi Double Cash Card earns 2% cash back on all purchases. You'll earn 1% cash back when you make a purchase with the card and 1% cash back when you pay off the purchase. As of September 2019, you can convert cash back earned with the Citi Double Cash into ThankYou Points. Those that own the Citi Chairman, Prestige or Premier Card can redeem those ThankYou Points with Etihad and Citi's other 10+ transfer partners. If you don't have at least one of those three cards, you'll only be able to transfer your points to JetBlue Airways.

Capital One Credit Cards

Capital One's transfer ratios aren't as favorable as Citi, AMEX, and other major programs, but they do have a promotion going on with Hotels.com that is earning their Venture Rewards program a lot of attention.

Venture and VentureOne

As part of a promotion lasting until January 2020, the Venture and VentureOne cards currently earn 10 Venture Miles per $1 spent using the hotels.com/venture promotion link. This is equal to earning 7.5 Etihad Guest Miles per $1 spent which is quite superb for anyone that enjoys both Etihad Guest and Hotels.com. Due to having no annual fee and earning at the same rate, I recommend picking up the no-fee VentureOne card if you plan on primarily using the card for Hotels.com purchases.

Other Ways To Earn

Etihad Guest miles can be earned flying Etihad and spending with their travel partners which includes 24 partner airlines, 20+ hotel partners, 4 car rental partners, and more than 40 additional partners that cover shopping, leisure, lifestyle, and telecom.


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Page Last Updated: 2019-09-29

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