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Skywards

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Airlines
  • Emirates
Alliance
Website
emirates.com
Phone
+1 800 777 3999

The Ace Line

Unlike the rest of Emirates' standout products, the Skywards program is not particularly impressive nor valuable as a frequent flyer program.

Pros
  • Competitive economy award prices
  • Transparent award pricing
Cons
  • Expensive premium cabin redemptions (especially in first class)
Discover Destinations on Skywards



100,000

Earning

Accrual Type: Distance-based

Earn miles by miles flown. See our guide to earning points for more.

Credit Cards

This is a list of branded, program-specific credit cards, in addition to flexible reward cards. Not sure what is kind of card is right for you? Our guide weighs the pros/cons for each type of card.

Disclosure: This selection of cards is for reference and is not guaranteed to be complete or up to date. AwardAce does not earn any commission for any links.

The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card

Transfer Partners

Program Partner Ratio Transfer Time
American Express 1:1 Instant
Chase
Citi
Starwood Preferred Guest 1:1 10-14 days

The ratio is the number of flexible rewards points it would take to transfer to Skywards.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Redeeming

Airline Type Pricing Type
PrimaryZone
PartnerZone

Don't know what airlines are bookable? See our list of particpating airlines.

A zone-based program prices award flights by general geographic location, typically by continent and/or country. Learn how to optimize these programs in our guide below.

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Strategy to Spending Points

Booking And Fuel Surcharge Guide

Our step-by-step booking guides can show you how to book tickets on any airline.

Airline Online Phone Surcharges Alliance
Alaska Airlines (AS) No Yes $
Emirates (EK) No Yes $$–$$$
Japan Airlines (JL) No Yes $$ oneworld
Jet Airways (9W) No Yes $$
JetBlue Airways (B6) No Yes $
Jetstar (JQ) No Yes $$
Korean Air (KE) No Yes $$ SkyTeam
Qantas (QF) No Yes $$ oneworld
South African Airways (SA) No Yes $$ Star Alliance
Virgin America (VX) No Yes $

Policies and Fees

Expiration: Points Expire 36 months since acquisition.

Fees and Charges

Fees USD
Close-in
Phone Booking
Change Award 0-25
Cancel Award 0-75

Fees are waived for Flex and Flex Plus awards.

Key Airlines and Resources

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Primary Airlines Code City Name
Emirates (EK) DXB Dubai Dubai Intl

Resources

Emirates | Skywards
FlyerTalk Forums

Elite Status

Qualification

Tiers (3) TM
Silver
Gold
Platinum

Tier Miles (TM)
Actual total miles flown

Elite Benefits

Benefit Silver Gold Platinum
Trip Planning
Book Emirates rewards with Skywards Miles online (including flights and upgrades)
Special member-only offers and travel packages by tier
Earn Miles and book rewards with global partners
Nominate a personal travel coordinator
Personal preferences remembered
Waitlist priority
Bonus Skywards Miles when flying Emirates 25% 50% 75%
Priority service through our Contact Centres
Guaranteed seats, even on fully-booked flights
ÔLast seatÕ Flex Plus reward tickets
Gold Partner nomination
At the Airport
Buy instant upgrades with Miles at check-in
E-gate service in Dubai
Priority check in and boarding
Excess baggage allowances 12 kg 16 kg 20 kg
Lounge access in Dubai
Lounge access throughout the Emirates network
Lounge access for guests
On board
Buy instant upgrades with Miles*
At your destination
Special member offers available by tier
Priority baggage delivery

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