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Emirates offers some of the very best inflight experiences in the world. However, booking award tickets in its premium cabins is limited to its Skywards loyalty program.
While Emirates is already a 1:1 transfer partner of every major transferable points currency — Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards — purchasing miles can still make sense on occasion, depending on how you are planning to put those miles to use.
Let’s go over the details.
Purchase Emirates Skywards Miles and Get Up to a 35% Bonus
Through November 24, 2023, at 2:59 p.m. ET, you can receive up to a 35% bonus when you buy miles in the following increments.
- Buy 5,000 to 15,000 miles, and get a 10% bonus
- Buy 16,000 to 24,000 miles, and get a 20% bonus
- Buy 25,000 to 100,000 miles, and get a 35% bonus (2.2 cents per mile)
Note that you could be targeted for a more or less lucrative offer.
You can purchase miles in increments of 1,000. There’s also a maximum of up to 100,000 miles per year before the bonus. Finally, Points.com processes all these transactions, so they won’t code as travel purchases.
We value Emirates Skywards miles at 1.1 cents apiece. And even if you receive the 35% bonus, you’ll purchase miles for 2.2 cents each. Therefore, 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 Ways To Redeem Emirates Skywards Miles
It’s hard to go wrong when you redeem Skywards miles. 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.
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 87,000 miles one-way. Or, you can fly in first class one-way for 102,000 miles.Hot Tip:
Read up on the best ways to redeem Emirates Skywards miles for maximum value!
If you want to take advantage of this offer, remember that you have until 2:59 p.m. ET on November 24, 2023, 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. Finally, make certain that the redemption will provide you with more value than what you’ll spend on purchasing the miles.
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This bonus value is an estimated valuation calculated by UP after analyzing redemption options, transfer partners, award availability and how much UP would pay to buy these points.