IN BRIEF | Etihad Airways is the latest airline to release a prepaid travel money card in the form of the Visa-backed Walletplus.
Like the travel money cards issued by Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia, Etihad will integrate Walletplus into the membership cards of its Etihad Guest frequent flyer scheme, with the first cards being sent to UAE-based Etihad Guest members in March.
Walletplus will cover 11 currencies at launch, with the usual ability to load up each 'virtual wallet' at a fixed exchange rate – although those rates are yet to be released – and use the card online or at point of sale, as well as withdraw local currency from an ATM.
Etihad Guest members will earn one Etihad Guest Mile for every US$2 spent in the UAE and one Etihad Guest Mile per US$1 spent overseas when paying with Walletplus.
In addition to the must-have core currency of UAE Dirham travellers can funnel funds into the US Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Euro, Indian Rupee, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Japanese Yen and Thai Baht.
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