Etihad Airways and Flybuys have announced a new partnership enabling Flybuys members to turn everyday shopping into
international flights. In addition, Flybuys members will be able to earn flybuys points when purchasing tickets on Etihad flights.
To earn Etihad Miles, you first collect points in Flybuys, and convert these across. At present, 10,000 Flybuys points will convert to 4,000 Etihad Miles. This is an effective rate of 2.5 flybuys points to 1 Etihad Mile.
While that does not sound an impressive rate, there are generally plenty of opportunities for bnus points at Coles which will provide an earnings boost.
In an interesting twist, flybuys members linking their Etihad Guest membership to their flybuys account will earn Etihad Guest Tier
Miles,Â when they shop at the particpating stores – Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor stores nationwide. This is interesting, as Tier Miles count towards elite Etihad Guest status.
While on the surface that sounds good, it will take a lot of shopping if that was your only route to status. The rate is 1 Tier Mile per dollar spent in the particpating stores, with a limit of 2,500 points per month. Clearly that is quite a bit of shopping, and at the maximum rate, will still take 10 months to achieve silver status.
On the other hand, any Tier Miles are good to help you on your way to achieving status.
Earning Flybuys points when you fly
flybuys members will also be able to collectÂ Flybuys points when booking Etihad Airways flights, at a rate of 1 point per dollar, although these bookings will need to be made through the Flybuys website.
As is often the case, there are some launch offers that apply to anyone linking their flybuys and Etihad Guest accounts, Through to 31 December, 2015, these members will be able to
- Earn 3 Etihad Guest tier miles for every $1 spent at
Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, Liquorland and First
- Collect 5 flybuys point for every $1 spent on the purchase of an Etihad Airways flight ticket
For further information, refer to the dedciated Flybuys Etihad partner page.