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6 Of The Best Air Miles Credit Cards In The UAE Right Now

Air Miles Credit Cards UAE

Air miles credit cards. They’re big business in the UAE – not least because most people who live here are expatriates, and tend to fly quite a bit.

In fact, a yallacompare study earlier in the year found that 76% of UAE residents travel away from the country at least twice a year.

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As a result, it stands to reason that, if you can earn air miles with your credit card – and by extension, earn upgrades or free flights – you might as well do it. UAE banks have offered plenty in the way of great air miles credit cards for years. And what follows are six of our favourite currently available right now.

ADCB Etihad Guest Above Platinum Card

There are a whole bunch of cards in ADCB’s Etihad Guest Above range of credit cards, but the Platinum is our top pick because it comes with a reasonable minimum salary requirement (AED 15,000 per month) and a whole bunch of benefits usually associated with more expensive cards. With it, you can earn up to two Etihad Guest miles for every USD 1 you spend, and those miles will even go towards your Etihad Guest membership tier.

Plus, with this card, you get 25,000 Etihad Guest miles as a welcome bonus, 10,000 Etihad Guest miles on each card anniversary, and fast-track enrolment into the Silver tier of the Etihad Guest programme. Oh, and ADCB will also throw in complimentary airport transfers. And, up until December 15, you can earn bonus miles for referring a friend to one of ADCB’s Etihad Guest cards.

Emirates-Citibank Ultimate Card

We’ve featured the Emirates-Citibank Ultimate Card on a few of our top air miles cards lists, and there’s a good reason for that – it gives you the opportunity to earn a whole load of Emirates Skywards miles. And with an annual fee of AED 800 and a minimum monthly salary requirement of AED 18,000, you don’t even need to be ridiculously rich to enjoy the benefits.

You can earn up to 1.25 miles on every USD spent using the card. And the more you spend using the card, the better the rewards will be – like free flight upgrades. And the benefits don’t even stop at travel. You’ll also get lifestyle benefits like free golf sessions once a month in the UAE. Plus, you can use your card for four buy-one-get-one-free complimentary move tickets at any VOX cinemas each month on any day of the week.

NBAD Etihad Guest Platinum Card

Another one for members of Etihad Airways’ frequent flyer programme, the NBAD Etihad Guest Platinum Card is reasonably priced and offers decent benefits. You’ll need a minimum salary of AED 10,000, and you’ll need to fork out an annual fee of AED 500. But you’re sure to make that back in benefits.

For example, this card will give you a 25% miles discount voucher for up to two flight tickets every year. You’ll also get a 10% discount on Etihad Holidays. And in terms of earning miles, you’ll get 2.5 Etihad Guest miles for every AED 10 you spend in the UAE, and four miles for every AED 10 you spend internationally. You can also earn 2.5 miles for every AED 10 in balance transfer from another bank’s credit card. Oh, and NBAD will also throw in a bunch of other benefits like free airport transfers, discounts at Fitness First, and cinema deals.

Emirates Islamic Skywards Gold Card

Another one for Emirates’ frequent flyers, Emirates Islamic claims that the Skywards Gold Card claims to offer the most standard miles for your card spend. With it, you can earn up to 3,200 Skywards miles per month – and for that, you’ll only have to spend AED 7,500. You’ll also get unlimited access to the lounge at Dubai Airport, as well as discounts on hotels, restaurants and retail stores. Not bad for a card with no annual fee and a minimum salary requirement of just AED 5,000.

ADIB Etihad Guest Gold Card

Here’s another card that comes with a low minimum salary requirement. However, the ADIB Etihad Guest Gold Card is a little expensive with its AED 1,000 annual fee. For that, though, you get a welcome bonus of 35,000 Etihad Guest miles, and you can earn up to 1.5 Etihad miles for every AED 4 you spend. Oh, and you’ll also be fast-tracked to the Silver tier of the Etihad Guest frequent flyer programme.

The American Express Gold Card

Here’s one for any of you not tied to a particular airline’s frequent flyer programme. The American Express Gold Card allows you to earn points, which can then be exchanged for miles from any major airline’s loyalty scheme. Okay, you do have to pay quite a bit for the privilege – the annual fee is AED 645, and you need a minimum salary of AED 22,500. However, the miles earning potential is great, and you get free travel insurance, worldwide support, and access to the best airport lounges in the Middle East.

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