Holiday season is just around the corner, which can only mean fully booked flights and escalating air fares. So if you’re a frequent traveler with an air miles credit card, now’s the time to use those miles for your next holiday.

Whether you want to purchase a ticket or get an upgrade, plan ahead and use your miles wisely. Below, we’ve detailed the UAE credit cards that offer miles (such as Etihad Guest or Skywards) every time you spend  – plus a comparison of how many miles you actually need to fly to Mumbai, London and Beirut.

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Credit card Miles program USD $1 spend in UAE gives you USD $1 spend overseas gives you Miles for a flight to Mumbai Miles for a flight to London Miles for a flight to Beirut  
Infinite credit cards
ENBD Skywards Infinite card Skywards 1 mile 1.5 miles 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info
ADCB Etihad Guest Above Infinite card Etihad Guest 2 miles 3 miles 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
Citibank Emirates Ultima card Skywards 1 mile 1.5 miles 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info
Emirates Islamic Skywards Visa Infinite card Skywards ** ** 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info
United Arab Bank Infinite card UAB Rewards 1.75 UAB Rewards 3 UAB Rewards 60,1501 40,0167 11,1728 More info
Citibank PremierMiles Elite Infinite Visa Citi Miles***** 2 Citi Miles 3 Citi Miles 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
Platinum credit cards
ADCB Etihad Guest Above Platinum card Etihad Guest 1.5 miles 2.5 miles 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
Citibank Emirates Ultimate card Skywards 1 mile 1.25 miles 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info
Emirates Islamic Skywards Platinum card Skywards *** *** 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info
HSBC Platinum credit card Air Miles 3.7 miles * 3.7 miles * 789,892 397,243 516,709 More info
ADIB Etihad Guest Platinum card Etihad Guest 2.29 miles * 2.29 miles * 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
United Arab Platinum card UAB Rewards 1.5 UAB Rewards 2.5 UAB Rewards 60,1501 40,0167 11,1728 More info
Gold credit cards
ADCB Etihad Guest Above Gold card Etihad Guest 1 mile 1 mile 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
Emirates Islamic Skywards Gold card Skywards **** **** 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info
ADIB Etihad Guest Gold card Etihad Guest 1.8 miles * 1.8 miles * 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
CBD Gold MasterCard Attijari Points 5.5 Attijari Points 7.4 Attijari Point 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info
Classic credit cards
ADCB Etihad Guest Above Classic card Etihad Guest 0.5 miles 0.5 miles 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
ADIB Etihad Guest Classic card Etihad Guest 1.4 miles * 1.4 miles * 22,514 62,044 23,915 More info
CBD Visa Classic card Attijari Points 3.7 Attijari Points 3.7 Attijari Points 47,500 77,500 47,500 More info

* These miles were recalculated to show how many miles would be earned for every dollar spent instead of dirhams.

** Emirates Islamic cards do not give miles per dollar – miles are awarded based on ranges of spending. For Infinite cards – monthly spends of USD $5,450 to USD $10,898 = 10,500 miles; USD $10,899 to 20,435 = 14,000 miles; USD $20,436 to USD $27,247 = 25,000 miles and for USD 27,248 and above = 32,000 miles.

*** Emirates Islamic cards do not give miles per dollar – miles are awarded based on ranges of spending. For Platinum cards – monthly spends of USD $1,634 and above = 3,200 miles; USD $4,360 and above = 6,000 miles; USD $6,267 and above = 10,000 miles.

**** Emirates Islamic cards do not give miles per dollar – miles are awarded based on ranges of spending. For Gold cards – monthly spends of USD $545 and above = 1,000 miles; USD $1,362 and above = 1,500 miles; USD $2,044 and above = 3,200 miles.

*****Citi Miles can be transferred for miles with many partners such as Etihad Guest, Delta Skymiles, Qatar Airways, JP miles, and more. In the table, Etihad Guest miles was used as an example where Citi Miles can be transferred for miles.