In the Middle East, HSBC Bank and Etihad Airways have launched a co-branded HSBC Etihad Guest MasterCard credit card. The card comes in three variants, based on income: a Classic Card, a Privilege Card, and an Exclusive Card. All three offer cardholders free membership of the airline's loyalty programme, Etihad Guest. The card allows users to earn Etihad Guest Miles on all purchases worldwide, ranging from 2 Etihad Guest Miles for every US$3 spent to 1 Etihad Guest Mile for every USD$1 spent, depending on the type of card held. Travel related benefits associated with the card include a free Priority Pass membership (with unlimited access to over 450 airport lounges worldwide), free insurance, and the UAE e-Gate option (fast track immigration at airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain). According to Etihad, there are also plans to enable acceptance at e-Gates at other UAE airports in the future.
Sources: HSBC Bank Middle East Limited; Etihad Airways