Back in April I shared the details of a promotion Etihad was running for their BusinessConnect program. They’re offering a 5,000 mile sign-up bonus just for signing up your business. There are no strings attached, other than that you have to upload a copy of your EIN. While I have a legitimate business, truth be told I’m lazy and instead uploaded a blank word document, and still got approved for the program, and the 5,000 miles posted quickly.

I actually forgot about those 5,000 miles until they emailed me yesterday. While 5,000 miles is a lot for nothing, 5,000 miles in a program you don’t otherwise accrue miles in really isn’t worth a whole lot.

Ah, they have a reward shop! Suddenly those 5,000 otherwise useless miles were worth something. For fewer than 5,000 miles they had memory sticks, iPad cases, etc. — a bunch of things I actually could use. So in the end I ordered an iPad case for just under 5,000 miles, and shipping is free.

Anyway, there are plenty of things in their rewards shop for fewer than 5,000 miles that retail for $30-50, so if you haven’t already you might as well join their BusinessConnect program and get something for free.

  1. June 12th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Murtuza said,

    Well, 5k etihad miles can get you one-way ticket within gulf region :) To Oman for example!

  2. June 12th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Daninstl said,

    Did the miles post to your regular account of only to the business connect account? I’m thinking if the miles would post to my regular account I could also do a status match with them for some decent flights.

  3. June 12th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Grant Thomas said,

    What the heck, I just did the same thing. Will wait and see what happens.

  4. June 12th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    J said,

    For shame, using a miles shopping site! Anyway, I think a better use is their partnership with the elusive Bangkok Airways which has exclusive routes out of BKK that they charge quite a bit of cash for, e.g. LPQ.

  5. June 12th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Daninstl — I believe they just post to your BusinessConnect account.

  6. June 13th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Ismael said,

    I successfully signed up using your “trick”. Terms & Conditions say up to 10 days to recieve miles…So I await :)

  7. June 16th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Mike G said,

    Account emails finally received today (signed up on Jun 12 after your post) but no miles posted yet

  8. June 16th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    ken said,

    is it dead now?

  9. June 16th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    lucky said,

    @ ken — Doesn’t look like it to me?

  10. July 16th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Chad said,

    Worked for me two weeks ago.

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