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One Million Reasons to Celebrate New MBNA and Etihad Guest Partnership

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CHESTER, England, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

One million Etihad Guest Miles* offered in exclusive promotion for new Etihad Guest Credit Card customers in the UK - enabling four lucky customers to fly almost anywhere worldwide

MBNA and Etihad Airways have joined together to launch a compelling new credit card offer for UK customers.

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The Etihad Guest Credit Card Account comes with no annual fee and offers eligible new customers the opportunity to earn Etihad Guest Miles, which can be redeemed on upgrades and flights with Etihad Airways and more than 15 of its airline partners to thousands of destinations worldwide, or on 6,000 non-air products from the airlines award-winning online Reward Shop.

The account comes with two credit cards - one American Express® card and one Visa card - to provide customers with maximum flexibility and the ability to earn rewards in the most advantageous way. New customers successfully applying for the credit card account will earn 1.5 Etihad Guest Miles for every £1 they spend on their Etihad Guest American Express® card and 1.5 Etihad Guest Miles for every £2 they spend on their Visa card. As a special promotion, the account also offers triple Etihad Guest Miles for Etihad operated flights in first class and double Etihad Guest Miles for Etihad operated flights in business class taken during the first three months of opening an account.

The account also offers a range of exclusive promotions for new customers, including a one million Etihad Guest Mile giveaway*, plus 5,000 bonus Etihad Guest Miles for every customer who makes a purchase worth £250 or more in the first 90 days of opening an account.

The card is available now at http://www.etihad.com/ukcreditcard.

Michael Donald, MBNA's Business Development and Marketing executive, said: "We're delighted to be working alongside Etihad Airways to launch the new Etihad Guest Credit Card Account for UK customers. Throughout our 20 years in the UK we've been a business built on strong and successful relationships, so we are proud to add to these with Etihad Airways, a brand known the world over."

Barry Green, vice president of CRM and Loyalty at Etihad Airways, added: "We are delighted to partner with MBNA and to launch this new Etihad Guest Credit Card Account, the first time we have offered a credit card in the UK.

"The account has many great benefits for Etihad Guest members, especially during this launch period, so we anticipate considerable demand from those signing up as they each have a chance to win 250,000 Etihad Guest Miles."

The Etihad Guest Credit Card Account offers zero percent interest on all flight purchases booked directly at http://www.etihad.com/uk for 12 months from the date of opening an account. It also offers zero percent interest for six months on all balance transfers and money transfers made within 90 days of opening an account (a handling fee of two percent applies for both balance transfers and money transfers).

Representative example 18.9% p.a. variable on card purchases. This is equivalent to 18.9% APR representative variable based on a credit limit of £1200

Picture Caption: Barry Green and Michael Donald sign up to a new UK credit card partnership and launch the new Etihad Guest Credit Card Account.

* Available to customers successfully applying for the new Etihad Guest Credit Card Account before 30 June 2013. Every purchase made during the first 30 days of account opening will count as an entry into a grand prize draw where four lucky winners will each win 250,000 Etihad Guest Miles, allowing them to fly almost anywhere in the world. Full terms and conditions apply and are available at http://www.etihad.com/ukcreditcard.

About MBNA Limited:

MBNA Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC). For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.mbna.co.uk.

About Etihad Guest:

The award-winning loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, was launched in August 2006 and quickly established itself as one of the airline industry's fastest-growing and most innovative loyalty programmes. Etihad Guest now boasts more than two million members. The programme offers members the opportunity to accumulate Etihad Guest Miles on flights with Etihad Airways as well as many global airline partners such as airberlin, Air Seychells, Virgin Australia, American Airline, Jet Airways. Members also enjoy accruing miles with our global partners, ranging from hotel accommodation and car rental to retail and financial products. Etihad Guest members can redeem against a selection of flights on more than 2,000 routes and more than 6,000 non-flight rewards from over 250 partners on the Etihad Guest online Reward Shop.

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 73 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 90 aircraft on firm order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus. For more information, please visit: http://www.etihad.com

Editor and supplementary notes:

The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be used by consumers to make financial decisions. Any consumer interested in learning more about any of this product should visit http://www.mbna.co.uk for full terms and conditions.

SOURCE MBNA Limited



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