Emirates offers some of the very best inflight experiences in the world, but booking award tickets in its premium cabins is mostly limited to those who do so through the Skywards loyalty program.
While Emirates is already a 1:1 transfer partner of every major transferable points currency — Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Bilt Rewards — purchasing miles can still make sense on occasion depending on how you are planning to put those miles to use.
Purchase Emirates Skywards Miles and Get Up to a 45% Bonus
Through July 15, 2022, you’ll earn a bonus when purchasing Emirates Skywards miles at the following tiers:
- Buy 5,000 to 20,000 miles and get a 15% bonus (2.6 cents per mile
- Buy 21,000 to 40,000 miles and get a 25% bonus (2.4 cents per mile)
- Buy 41,000 to 100,000 miles and get a 45% bonus (2.07 cents per mile)
You can purchase miles in increments of 1,000, with a maximum of up to 100,000 miles per year before the bonus. Purchases are processed by points.com, so you won’t earn any bonus miles from credit cards for the purchase.
We value Emirates Skywards miles at 1.1 cents apiece. And even if you earn the 45% bonus, you’ll purchase miles for 2.07 cents each, so you’ll want to have a specific redemption in mind where you know you can get significantly more value than you would without purchasing miles.
Best Way To Redeem Emirates Skywards Miles
It’s hard to go wrong when you do redeem your Skywards miles since you can spend them on experiences like Emirates first class on the Airbus A380, or even the new game-changing first class product on the Boeing 777.
However, Emirates has recently increased fuel surcharges on its award tickets multiple times, to the point where the fees you’ll pay on an award ticket will be a considerable cost.
While these increases have impacted virtually every route that Emirates flies, a few have remained unscathed — the most notable being the airline’s fifth-freedom routes between Newark (EWR) and Athens (ATH), and New York (JFK) and Milan (MXP).
On these routes, you can fly one-way in business class (remember, you’ll get access to the full onboard bar even in business class!) from 62,500 miles one-way, or 90,000 miles if you book round-trip — a tremendous value. Or, you can fly in first class one-way for just 85,000 miles, but sadly there is no discount on round-trip first class bookings.
Hot Tip: Read our full guide on the best ways to redeem Emirates Skywards miles for maximum value for even more ideas!
If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, remember that you have until July 15, 2022, to do so. That said, depending on your situation, you might be better off just transferring miles that you already have from one of the major transferable programs.
For those who do decide to purchase, as always, make sure you have a specific use for the miles before doing so, and make certain that the redemption will provide you with more value than what you’ll spend on purchasing the miles.
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