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|
|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|
|Citibank Emirates Gold card||Skywards||0.75 miles||1 mile||47,500||77,500||47,500||More info|
|HSBC Advance credit card||Air miles||3.7 miles *||3.7 miles *||789,892||397,243||516,709||More info|
|HSBC Gold credit card||Air miles||2.7 miles *||2.7 miles *||789,892||397,243||516,709||More info|
|ADIB Etihad Guest Gold card||Etihad Guest||1.8 miles *||1.8 miles *||22,514||62,044||23,915||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|
* 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.