Singapore-based travel-tech company utu (utu Pte Ltd) has announced that Etihad Guest, the frequent flyer program of the UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways, will now allow Etihad Guest members to shop tax-free globally with the utu Tax-Free Card.
Etihad’s vice president loyalty & partnerships, Kim Hardaker said: “With nearly 8 million members globally, we’re constantly innovating and expanding our network of global partners to provide even greater rewards for being an Etihad Guest member. Today, we’re pleased to join forces with utu to allow our members to earn Miles as well benefit from utu’s tax refunds capabilities.”
Under the partnership, Etihad Guest members can now use the utu Tax-Free Card to:
- Earn 6,250 miles (worth USD125) for every USD100 tax refunded on the utu Tax-Free Card.
- To celebrate the launch, until 30 November 2022, Etihad Guest Members can simply download and register on the utu Tax Free App and select Etihad Guest as the default rewards programme to receive 500 Etihad Guest miles. The first VAT transactions (accumulated) of USD100 in the UAE or UD150 for refunds from the rest of world qualifies for an additional 2000 bonus Etihad Guest Miles.
Commenting on the new partnership, Asad Jumabhoy, chief executive officer & Co-founder at utu said, “We are incredibly excited to announce our new partnership with Etihad Guest. For utu travellers, it is even more exciting as they can now select one of the most popular airline programs, Etihad Guest, as their rewards program when converting their VAT refunds to miles.”
As the UAE’s national carrier, Etihad operates to more than 70 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. The Etihad Guest loyalty programme has close to 8 million members and rewards travellers for flying as well as everyday activities through a network of global partners.
Etihad Guest and utu: Discover the World
The utu tax-free card is available to customers globally. To participate, Etihad Guest members must download the utu Tax-Free mobile app from iOS or Google Play, activate the utu Tax-Free Card, and select Etihad Guest as their reward program to receive their VAT refund in miles.
Once activated, travellers need only fill their utu Tax-Free Card number when selecting where to send the refund at participating tax refund kiosks in any of the 50 top destinations where VAT or GST are offered, including Singapore, France, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Thailand, and the UAE.