Terms And Conditions

  1. All Awards must be booked either online at www.ethiopianairlines.com or directly with Ethiopian ticket offices – either in person, through a legal delegate or by sending an electronic authorization form from the member’s online account. Miles may be redeemed for Awards only by that Member (or by a parent or guardian on behalf of a Member under 18 years of age). Member may order an Award for (1) Member’s own benefit or (2) -for a beneficiary (A beneficiary is any person nominated by the member to transfer his/her award to).
  2. All awards that are redeemed by a member or a beneficiary are not for sale or cannot be exchanged for any form of payment in whatever kind.   
  3. Awards are neither  nor negotiable.  And neither Miles nor Awards have any cash value and neither is convertible to cash. Awards that, in the sole discretion of Ethiopian, have been bought, sold or bartered by or to a Member may be  or confiscated without prior notice. If the Award has been utilized either partially or fully, the Member will be liable for payment of travel on a full fare basis. All rights, including the right to bring legal action or to cancel a membership, are also reserved. 
  4. Members may redeem Miles for Awards at any time while the Miles are valid, subject to availability and applicable conditions as set out in these Program Rules or in terms and conditions imposed by Service Partners.    
  5. To claim an Award, a Member must have accumulated the required amount of Miles in his or her applicable Account.  
  6. All Awards are subject to availability and suppliers' restrictions. Ethiopian or Service Partners may from time to time impose a period in which no Awards will be available. Awards may not be available on all flights at all times. Ethiopian may withdraw, replace or substitute awards at any time without notice.  
  7. Ethiopian may at any time without notice alter the number of Miles required to obtain a particular Award, withdraw an Award supplied or impose additional restrictions on an award or conditions of obtaining it.   
  8. To the extent permitted by law, Ethiopian accepts no liability whatsoever in respect of Awards supplied by service partners in connection with a Service Partner's refusal to supply an Award to the member. The rights, if any, which a Member may have in connection with an Award, are solely against the Service Partner supplying that Award. Subject to this clause, all Awards supplied to a Member will be subject exclusively to the terms and conditions of Service Partners supplying the Award.  
  9. To the extent permitted by law, Ethiopian accepts no liability in respect of death or injury, or consequential loss or damages arising from, or in connection with, the supply of an Award (other than the use of an Award ticket) or for the loss, theft or destruction of an Award. An Award ticket which has been lost, stolen or destroyed may be replaced or reissued if the Member promptly reports the incident to the nearest Ethiopian office and signs an appropriate indemnity form at an Ethiopian office and can establish that the Award ticket was not used prior to its loss, theft or destruction. In respect of an Award ticket, neither Ethiopian, an Affiliate or a Service Partner (as the case may be) accepts any liability other than as set out in the General Conditions of Carriage and travel documents of the relevant airline and the Warsaw Convention 1929 (as may be amended and applicable to the relevant airline). 
  10. As may not be excluded by law, no warranty (whether express or implied) whatsoever is given in respect of Awards provided under Ethiopian. In particular, no warranty is given with respect to the quality of Awards or their suitability for any purpose. 
  11. To the extent permitted by law and subject to these program rules, the liability of Ethiopian, an affiliate or a Service Partner in respect of flights, goods or services which are the subject of an Award is limited to any one or more of the following:
    11.1.Replacement of the goods or supply of equivalent goods,
    11.2.The repair of the goods,
    11.3.The repayment of the costs in replacing the goods or of acquiring equivalent goods and in the case of services or flights, having the service or flight supplied again, at the option of Ethiopian, the affiliate or the Service Partner nominated to supply the flight, goods, or services as the case may be.
  12. Award tickets are valid for twelve months from the date of issue, unless otherwise stated and cannot be extended. Expired Award Tickets, Upgrades will not be refunded, replaced or extended. Some special or promotional tickets may have a validity of  than twelve months.
  13. Miles may be re-credited to a Member if an Award ticket is completely unused and valid. Such re-crediting will be subject to payment of US $100.00 as  for awards on Ethiopian or Airline Partners’ international flights while it is USD $50.00 for unused and valid awards on Ethiopian domestic flights. Platinum Tier members are exempted from mile re-deposit service charges. Any Miles, which have expired or awards for which the 12 month validity period since the issuance date has lapsed, will not be re-credited. The charges for re-crediting or re-deposit of award ticket or upgrade miles are applicable per single redemption transactions. Once travel has commenced on an Award ticket, the award is considered to have been used.
  14. Award tickets are valid travel documents and are issued on the basis that all conditions specified upon issuance of the ticket apply. Without limiting this requirement, the Member must ensure that he or she has the correct visa, travel documents and inoculations (including those for infants).
  15.  Award Ticket and Upgrades can only be booked on scheduled Ethiopian flights. Award travel may not be possible on certain joint services or  services. It is the responsibility of the Member to verify the availability of Award travel in these instances with the airline with which the flight is booked. The use of an Award ticket may not entitle the Member to certain benefits which are associated with a full fare ticket. For instance, when  on an award ticket or upgrade, a beneficiary may not be entitled to certain ShebaMiles Program benefits that are exclusively granted to a member corresponding to his or her Tier level in the Program. If the Member has any queries in this respect, he or she should contact Ethiopian Offices.  
  16. An Award ticket cannot be endorsed  a carrier other than that named on the ticket. Once ticketed, only date changes are allowed after paying the applicable service charge.
  17. Date changes on an Award Ticket within the validity date of one year from the award issuance date are allowed against a Service Charge of US $20.00 and  $50.00 for Domestic and International flights respectively. Date changes on Class upgrade awards within the validity date of one year from the award issuance date are allowed against a Service Charge of US $5.00 for International flights  fare and ticketing rules with regards to date changes corresponding to the economy class revenue ticket shall apply.
    However:
    17.1.After the first issuance of the full Award Ticket or Class Upgrade Award per flight sector, Silver Tier Members are allowed one free rebooking before  of the trip.
    17.2.After the first issuance of the full Award  or Class Upgrade Award per flight sector Gold Tier Members are allowed two free re-bookings before  of the trip.
    17.3.After the first issuance of the full Award  or Class Upgrade Award per flight sector Platinum Tier Members are allowed unlimited free re-bookings before and after  of the trip.
  18. Since all travel awards are subject to seat availability, it’s highly recommended that award should be ordered (requested) at least three weeks before  of travel.
  19. The Award redemption level for infants (up to two years of age) not occupying seats is free of mile requirement when traveling with an adult who is traveling on an award ticket or . Infant occupying seat redeems adult Award ticket or upgrade redemption level. An infant must be accompanied by an adult in order to qualify for the relevant redemption. Reasonable documentary evidence of the infant’s age may be requested.
  20. To the extent permitted by Law, in the event of a cancellation of a flight, a Member traveling on an Award ticket will be transferred to the next flight on the same or available carrier where there are seats available based on the booking class specified on the ticket. All award ticket holders shall be treated as all other revenue  passengers with equal status for protection and involuntary rerouting cases.
  21. When requesting an Award, a Member may be requested to complete an Award Authorization Form and supply a copy of his or her passport.
  22.  It is possible to request a Business Class upgrade award on revenue tickets (not Award tickets) provided that Member has a regular, paid and confirmed revenue ticket in Economy class that has been issued prior to the upgrade being requested.  Such requests are recommended to be made at least 72 hours in advance of travel and whenever space is available and the Member has sufficient Miles in his Account to be redeemed for this Award privilege. In the event that a Member upgrades a revenue ticket pursuant to this clause, the fare and ticketing rules applicable to the revenue ticket will still apply irrespective of the class of travel. Member can redeem Miles for only one award upgrade per flight.
  23. In respect of Award tickets,  is permitted for one way and round trip awards with extra miles. Onward connecting flights within 24 hours are not considered a stopover.
  24.  Award tickets or class upgrade awards cannot be re-routed once issued. If a member decides to reroute an issued award itinerary, the valid award miles shall be re-credited against the payment of applicable service charges and a new award ticket or class upgrade award shall be issued to the member.
  25. Class upgrade awards with mile redemptions are not allowed to be redeemed on an economy class award ticket.
  1. A Member may earn Miles by taking qualifying flights or using the qualifying services of Service Partners on or after his or her enrolment date. Transactions undertaken 90 days before this enrolment date are not eligible for Mileage accrual. Miles are awarded for a qualifying flight at the rate published by Ethiopian at the date of travel.
  2. All scheduled Ethiopian routes qualify for Miles accrual if published in the Miles Chart. However, the Mile Chart and all flights are subject to changes and cancellations at any time with or without prior notice to Members. Ethiopian will determine the Miles to be earned for new routes or fare types, as they become available. Ethiopian may debit a Member’s account for any Miles credited incorrectly and will inform member accordingly. 
  3. To earn Miles, a Member must either produce a Membership Card or quote the Membership number during reservation, ticketing or check-in for qualifying flights and at point of payment for other qualifying goods or services.
  1. A Member may make a retroactive Mile claim to a ShebaMiles service center or online at Ethiopian Airlines official website for transaction made after enrollment and within one year of the date on which the transaction took place. A Member must provide original tickets, boarding passes, transaction documents, receipts and any other documents requested by Ethiopian when making a retroactive claim through a service center. A Member should retain electronic copies or photocopies of these documents for verification purposes. 
  2. Miles may only be earned for one frequent flyer program for each flight or transaction unless otherwise stated by a Service Partner. Miles can only be accumulated once per flight per Member, regardless of the number of seats purchased. Miles may take eight weeks or more to be credited to a Member from the date of the transaction. Miles earned by a Member may be used or redeemed by that Member in accordance with these Program Rules once they have been credited to the relevant Account. 
  3. Activity statements will be generated for a Member’s online view and emailed on a regular basis to members categorized as active by parameters to be defined by Ethiopian and will include information concerning miles accrued and redeemed during a defined period to be indicated on the statement.
  1.  Miles are awarded only for goods and services actually supplied. In particular, no Miles will be earned in connection with goods or services which have been ordered but cancelled prior to utilization by a Member, or in circumstances in which the Member fails to meet any obligation on his or her part in connection with the order. Miles can only be accrued when a Member has actually completed a flight.  Miles will not be credited for unutilized tickets even though it has been paid for.
  1. ShebaMiles accounts are individual accounts where miles are to be credited to a member’s account for which the member himself/herself has used the qualifying flights or service of Service Partners. Flights or services of Service Partners taken by a family member, friend, relative, of a member or any other person other than the member himself/herself shall not be credited to a member’s account.
    1. Miles are not transferable and cannot be combined with the Miles of any other Account unless found in duplicate accounts belonging to a single member. Ethiopian will solely determine whether there exist duplicate accounts and the Member shall produce such evidences as may be requested by Ethiopian to ascertain the existence of duplicate accounts.
    2. Miles are neither negotiable nor redeemable for cash. Credit is not given for any activity undertaken before Membership is granted unless otherwise specified by Ethiopian or expressly permitted under this Terms and Conditions. 
    3. ShebaMiles Member Miles are valid for three years from the first year on which the Member undertakes the relevant flight or enters into the applicable transaction with a Service Partner. Unused Miles will be cancelled at the expiry of that period. Unused, expired Miles will be removed on 31st December of every year. If the Member registers eligible activities on Ethiopian flights, Partner Airline flights or non-airline activities from Service Partners in the calendar year when the miles are due for expiry, the potential miles to expire will be extended for one more calendar year. Flights taken on ShebaMiles or Partner Airline award tickets or award mile redeposit transactions will not be considered towards expiring miles extension. It is the Member’s responsibility to be aware of both the miles in their account, and when they will expire.  
    4. Miles for flights are based on the non-stop great circle distance between airports (as determined by Ethiopian) for which the Member is ticketed and has traveled.
    5. The following types of miles or sectors are not considered towards Tier qualification for a member:
      13.1. Flight miles or sectors traveled on ShebaMiles award tickets or upgrade awards and/or Airline Partner Loyalty Program award tickets or upgrade awards;
      13.2.     Flight miles or sectors traveled on revenue tickets on ASKY Airlines;
      13.3.     Miles accrued from purchasing products or services from ShebaMiles Non-Airline partners.
      13.4.     Miles accrued from purchasing Miles from Ethiopian Airlines.
      13.5.     All promotional bonus miles with the exception of Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine or Business class bonus miles earned from flights on eligible revenue tickets.
      13.6.     Miles accrued as compensation Miles given out as compensation of service deficiencies or other cases.
    6. Individuals traveling on employee, industry reduced rates and agent discounted tickets, non-revenue tickets, specially discounted military, diplomat or government tickets, free or Award tickets, Award tickets issued by other frequency or loyalty program of which Ethiopian or an Affiliate is a participant, non-scheduled or charter flights, highly discounted ticket or specially discounted travel tickets not indicating published fares (as determined by Ethiopian and its Airline partners) do not qualify to earn or accrue miles. Ethiopian and its Airline Partners may decide to exclude other fare types. 
    7. In case of class upgrade awards, no mile shall be accrued for the upgraded portion or for the difference between economy and business class. However, class upgrades against airport surcharge fees shall earn the applicable mileage as per the prevailing program rule.
    8. In the event of class upgrades on Ethiopian Airlines operated flights, the following Program rules apply:
      16.1. If a Member redeems a class upgrade award with miles, the Member will earn Miles for the economy class in which he/she  originally booked and paid, not for the upgraded class.
      16.2. A Member who is upgraded to business class by paying the applicable surcharge payment will receive mile credit according to the mile earning percentage of the designated business cabin booking class for such upgrades. 
      16.3. A Member who is upgraded to business class by winning a bid through Plus Grade will earn miles according to the type of fare or booking class purchased for the economy class ticket and no additional bonus miles will be granted for the upgrade.
      16.4. A Platinum Tier Member who uses the allotted Complimentary Class upgrade benefit per flight sector and travels in business class will not earn any miles nor is the flight mile or sector counted towards Tier qualification.
      16.5. If the class upgrade was given by courtesy of Ethiopian, a Member will earn Miles for the economy class in which he/she was originally booked and has paid, not for the upgraded class.  
      16.6 A passenger originally holding Economy class award ticket (ShebaMiles award ticket and partner airlines award ticket) and upgraded to business class by paying the applicable surcharge payment will not receive mile credit both for the original Economy class award ticket and for the paid upgrade..
    9.    A Member will be credited mileage for cancelled flights when re-accommodated on a non-Service Partner airline provided that the Member already had a ticket for the cancelled flight and the flight is cancelled on the day of departure. However, such crediting will not occur if the cancellation is due to circumstances beyond the control of the relevant airline, including but not limited to weather, earthquake, fire, labor stoppages or strikes, civil unrest or closed airports. 

    10. Service Partners

       Service Partners, and the terms and conditions under which Miles are earned through a Service Partner, may vary from time to time. The terms and conditions concerning the accrual of Miles may also vary between Service Partners. A Service Partner may withdraw from participating in the ShebaMiles Program at any time. It is the responsibility of the Member to verify eligibility to earn Miles at the time of booking.

      Some of the essential points are:

      18.1. To earn miles with Service Partners, members must provide their membership number or present their membership cards at time of booking, check-in, check-out, etc.

      18.2. It takes a minimum of 60 (sixty) calendar days (after the last date the partner’s service is used by members) for miles earned from Service Partners, other than airlines, to be credited to members account.

      18.3. If miles are not credited within the minimum time indicated under item ’18.2’ above, members shall direct their request to the Service Partner.

      18.4. In the case of Service Partners other than airlines, retroactive mile claims can only be made within six (6) months from the last date the partner’s service is used by members.

      18.5. Miles earned from eligible purchases with the Service Partner shall be credited provided that the Partner reported the applicable transactions and total miles to Ethiopian prior to its decision to withdraw from the ShebaMiles Program.

      18.6. Ethiopian is not liable for delays or failures on reporting mileage accruals of members by its Service Partners, including where a Service Partner withdraws its participation in the ShebaMiles Program.

  1. Application for membership into the ShebaMiles Program is open to any individual who is at least two years of age. However, online enrollment through the Ethiopian website is possible for individuals who are 18 years of age and above.  Corporations, Organizations, Partnerships and/or other entities cannot be enrolled as a member. 
  2. An application form will only be accepted if it is fully completed. Ethiopian may accept or reject any application for membership in its absolute discretion. If an application for membership is rejected, then any benefit that may have accrued to the applicant through the use of a Temporary Membership card will be null and void. 
  3. Further to item 2, for individual persons aged below 18 years.
     
    • The home address to be filled in the Membership application form must be that of the parents or guardians of the applicant.
    •  The applicant together with a parent or guardian of the applicant must approve and sign on the Membership Application. Parents or guardians should write their full names besides their signature.
  4. Subject to local laws and restrictions, membership is open to all individuals all over the world. An individual may use the ShebaMiles Temporary Membership Card detached from the ShebaMiles application form or printed upon online enrollment until his or her membership account is activated, qualifies for the Blue membership Tier and receives the permanent card. This Temporary Membership Card enables an individual to register in order to accrue ShebaMiles Miles.  
  5. Ethiopian will issue a Member with a permanent membership number against which his or her Miles will be accrued. The Membership Card may state an expiry date and, if so, is only valid for use up to that expiry date. Each Temporary Membership Card and each Membership Card is strictly personal. In case of misuse of the Temporary Membership Card or Membership Card, or use not in accordance with these terms and conditions, the Temporary Membership Card and/or Membership Card may be destroyed and all accrued Miles may be cancelled. A Membership Card is not a credit card and is used for the purpose of identification only. A Membership card is not transferable and at all times remains the property of the issuer. 
  6. A Member must return his or her Membership Card without delay to a ShebaMiles service center whenever requested by Ethiopian or any other party acting on its behalf. A Member must immediately report a lost Membership Card to a ShebaMiles service-center. 
  7. Membership is automatically terminated on the death or bankruptcy of a Member. Miles accumulated prior to termination in these circumstances will be immediately cancelled. However, Ethiopian may, at its own discretion, reinstate Miles in favor of the heirs of the deceased member upon the application of his or her personal representative. 
  8. Membership is not transferable. A Member is not permitted to hold more than one personal Account. An individual may use one Membership Card only. An individual member can have more than one membership card upon qualification to higher Tier levels after Blue Tier. Blue membership cards do not have expiry dates and shall be retained by members during their membership in the Program. 
  9. All Miles and Awards earned under ShebaMiles are accrued by or issued to the Member in his or her personal Member Account. Duplicate membership account creation is not allowed in the Program. In the event that duplicate accounts of the same individual are discovered, miles accrued on the older created membership profile will be retained and those unique miles on the duplicate account will be merged to the older account. All other duplicate miles will be cancelled.
  10. Name changes by a Member must be notified to Ethiopian in writing and accompanied by all such legal or other documentation as Ethiopian shall from time to time request to evidence that change. Ethiopian may require additional information and authentication for Account validation purposes in respect of any change to a member’s personal details. 
  11. All tax, duties and other liabilities arising from the accumulation of Miles or the receipt and use of Awards are and remain the sole responsibility of Members and must be paid prior to the issuance of an Award. Ethiopian gives no warranty or assurance in relation to such tax, duties or other liabilities. 
  12. Ethiopian may in its absolute discretion suspend, cancel or terminate a Membership or a Member's accumulated Miles at any time. Termination of membership may also occur if Ethiopian terminates the ShebaMiles Program in its entirety. In the event of membership termination, all miles accrued may be cancelled.
  13. A Member may at any time cancel his or her membership by advising a ShebaMiles service center in writing or returning his or her membership card to a ShebaMiles service center. 
  14. All Miles credited but not exchanged for Awards, as well as any unutilized Award, are cancelled upon a person ceasing to be a Member. 
  15. A Member can be terminated from Membership if he/she fails to comply with the Terms and Conditions, misrepresents information (including flight information) or abuses awards and/or benefits offered.  

      Membership Tier
    1.  A Member may be granted a Silver, Gold or Platinum Membership depending on the number of qualifying flights flown and/or Status Miles accrued in each calendar year. 
    2. The number of Status Miles or qualifying flights required for each Membership tier and the benefits and privileges provided to a member at each membership tier may be changed at any  time without notice. 
    3. Ethiopian may establish, upgrade or downgrade a Member's Membership tier at its sole discretion. Only Status Miles accumulated in each calendar year or the number of qualifying flight sector is considered in granting a particular Membership tier and is not carried forward to any other calendar year.
    1. Member information held by Ethiopian includes the information which a Member or a Service Partner provides to Ethiopian, such as: names, addresses, contact numbers, date of birth, and transaction details including Miles accrual and Award transactions relating to ShebaMiles.
    2. Member Information will be retained and used by Ethiopian, Affiliates and data processors to ensure the efficient running of the Program, including the crediting of Miles, the provision of Membership statements and the awarding of Membership Levels; may be disclosed as required by law, including disclosures to the police, immigration and customs authorities; may be used by Ethiopian to send you communications about promotions, services, products and facilities offered by Ethiopian; may be disclosed to a Service Partner to assist that Service Partner in the planning and development of ShebaMiles; may be used by an Affiliate or a Service Partner to send you separate communications about services, products and facilities offered by that Affiliate or Service Partner (unless the Member indicates otherwise); and may be used to develop new services; may be used for Accounting and audit purposes (including fraud auditing); may be used for credit checking and credit scoring; may be used for marketing and market research purposes; will be transferred to countries that may not have data protection laws; and may otherwise be used in a manner which a member may authorize from time to time.
    3. The consent given by a Member will continue in effect unless and until the Member withdraws the consent by notice in writing to a ShebaMiles service center. Withdrawal of consent may mean that certain services may no longer be provided to the Member, and also entitles Ethiopian to terminate membership immediately.
    4. Member may obtain a copy of his or her Member information upon making a written request and upon paying Ethiopian’s reasonable costs (if any) of providing that Member information. The Member may request Ethiopian to correct or delete any item of the member information which is not accurate, complete or up-to-date at no charge to the member.  
    5. The Member warrants that any information provided by a Member about any Family Member is provided with the knowledge, consent and the authority of the Family Member.
    1. To the extent permitted by law, neither Ethiopian nor an affiliate will be liable to a member or any other person for any loss or damage, whether direct or indirect, resulting from termination or change of or to ShebaMiles or any of the facilities, benefits or arrangements which are made available to a Member, including service partner withdrawal or the withdrawal of any benefits, facilities or arrangements.
    2. Ethiopian reserves the right to disqualify a Member from further participation in the ShebaMiles, to cancel all previously accumulated Miles and to seek compensation for Awards utilized if, in Ethiopian’s sole judgment, that Member has engaged in willful misconduct or breached any of the rules governing the ShebaMiles, including, but not limited to the fraudulent acquisition of miles or acquisition, sale or abuse of miles or acquisition, sale or abuse of Award benefits.
    3. All Members taking advantage of services offered to Members and that are operated by third party suppliers (each a “Supplier”) will be entering into a legal relationship with the Supplier. To the extent permitted by law, Ethiopian excludes all liability to any Member or other person of whatsoever nature in respect of any negligence, willful misconduct, poor service or other breach of obligation arising out of the provision or failure to provide the services by or on behalf of a Supplier arising out of that legal relationship with a Supplier.
    1. These Terms and Conditions form the basis of ShebaMiles Program. They are intended to protect both Member and Ethiopian. It is the member’s responsibility to read and understand them. 
    2. These Terms and Conditions are effective as at December 13, 2011 and may be amended from time to time. Members should refer to the ShebaMiles website for the current Terms and Conditions. 
    3. Every member is subject to these Terms and Conditions. 
    4. The Terms and Conditions applicable to the Award redemption will be those at the time the miles are redeemed for the Award. 
    5. The Program Rules may be changed, varied, suspended or terminated at any time without notice. Reasonable efforts will be used to promptly post details of that change or variation, suspension or termination (as the case may be) to the Web site for ShebaMiles at www.ethiopianairlines.com. In the event of any conflict between this version of the Program Rules and any version of the Program Rules published on the website for ShebaMiles, the latter shall prevail. 
    6. The member’s use of his or her membership card or quoting of his or her membership number after any change or variation to the program Rules will be deemed to be acceptable by the member to that change of variation. 
    7. Any notice to be given to a Member under these Program Rules will be deemed to have been given if posted by pre-paid post to the member at the address provided by the member for the purpose of ShebaMiles. 
    8. The Program Rules are governed by the laws of (Federal Democratic Republic of) Ethiopia and any proceeding with respect to or in connection with ShebaMiles must be brought in that jurisdiction. Membership, including eligibility for Membership and any Miles or Awards, is subject to any applicable laws and regulations, including all applicable resolutions of the International Air Transport Association. 
    9. ShebaMiles does not operate (or will cease to operate) in a jurisdiction in which it would be prohibited (or becomes prohibited) by any relevant law or governmental direction. 
    10. Reasonable care has been taken to ensure that information contained in the Program Rules and in any publications and advertisements in connection with ShebaMiles is accurate, but neither Ethiopian nor an Affiliate accepts any liability with respect to any errors or omissions in any information, whether written or verbal. 
    11. Any part of these Program Rules which is unenforceable for any reason shall be considered capable of being cut out so as not to affect the remainder of these Program Rules in any way. Neither Ethiopian nor an Affiliate shall be required to provide any service any service or otherwise act in pursuance of these Program Rules if to do so would be contrary to law.
    12. Members may be required to provide documentation at check-in that can establish the Member’s identity and membership to ShebaMiles. If a Member fails to comply with this requirement, ShebaMiles reserves the right to refuse carriage.

    Ethiopian’ means Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise with corporate offices at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    ShebaMiles Program’ or ‘Program’ is defined as Ethiopian Frequent Flyer Award Program.

    Service Partner’ means a provider of goods or services which is participating in ShebaMiles from time to time, and may include , but not limited to, airlines, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, oil companies and resorts, financial, leisure and lifestyle service providers and car hire companies.

    Member’ means a person who has applied for membership of the ShebaMiles frequent flyer program and has been issued a membership number in this respect;

    Enrollment Date’ is defined as the date on which Ethiopian issues the first Membership Card.

    Account’ means the Account to which the Miles of a Member will be accrued or deducted;

    Miles’ means all types of miles accrued by a Member under the ShebaMiles program including miles accrued from qualifying flights from revenue tickets, acquiring the products and services from ShebaMiles Service Partners, purchasing miles from Ethiopian Airlines and earning promotional or other bonus miles.

    Base Mile’means Miles accrued by a Member under ShebaMiles in respect to basic consumption of qualifying goods and services.

    Bonus Mile’means Miles accrued by a Member under the ShebaMiles program in respect to consumption of qualifying goods and services with added value/or Bonus Miles are Miles earned under special conditions in addition to Base Miles. The use of Bonus Miles may be subject to restriction. Bonus miles are not counted towards a Member’s Tier Qualification except for those granted on Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine flights on revenue tickets.

    Status Miles’ or ‘Tier Qualifying Miles’ means Miles accrued in respect of qualification for a Membership ‘Tier’ Level, being a Mile earned only by taking a flight on Ethiopian or on Airline Partners that particularly offer status mile.

    Tier Segments’ or ‘Tier Sectors’ or ‘Tier Qualifying Flight Segment’ or ‘Tier Qualifying Segment’ or ‘Tier Qualifying Sector’ means the number of qualifying flight segments or sectors accrued by a Member that count towards the Member’s progress from one ShebaMiles Tier Status to a higher Tier Status or the Member’s re-qualification to the same higher Tier status.

    Membership Tier’ means a membership level in the ShebaMiles frequent flyer program;

    Membership Card’ or ‘Card’ are defined as Ethiopian’s ShebaMiles Program Membership Card, issued and distributed by Ethiopian, after acceptance by Ethiopian of the application for Ethiopian’s Frequent Flyer Program. A ‘Card’ can refer to a Physical or Digital card.

    Award’ means specified goods or services to be provided by ShebaMiles, Affiliate or a Service Partner to a Member in exchange for Miles.

    A year’ is defined as the period of 12 consecutive months starting from January 01 to December 31.

    Warsaw Convention 1929’means The Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to International Carriage by Air, Warsaw, 12th October 1929.

    In these Program Rules, unless a contrary intention appears:

    1. A reference to the singular includes a reference to the plural, and vice versa;
    2. A reference to a gender includes a reference to the opposite gender;
    3. A reference to a party includes a reference to its authorized employees; and
    4. Headings are inserted for the purpose of convenient reference only and shall not affect the intent or construction of the clauses.