Emirates’ global network is the largest in the Middle East with a hub at Dubai International Airport.
The first Emirates flight took to the sky in October 1985 with only 2 aircraft in its operations. Now, Emirates operates the world’s biggest fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s.
This post will teach you about which credit cards to use to earn more miles and how you can benefit from incorporating them into your miles-earning strategies. Emirates-branded cards are not available in the U.S., but fortunately, you can earn points by using many other credit cards and transfer them to your Skywards account. You will also learn about the many Emirates partners and how you can maximize the miles you earn with them.
When you’re finished reading, you will be fully prepared to start building up tons of Emirates Skywards Miles to your account. Let’s get started!
Earn Miles With Emirates’ Skywards Loyalty Program
1. Sign up With Skywards to Start Earning Miles
Skywards is the frequent flyer program run by Emirates. Enroll in Emirates Skywards for free and begin earning miles right away. Then, redeem miles with the airline’s wide partner selection to enjoy a variety of benefits and services. We go much more in-depth about the program in our Emirates Skywards loyalty review.
Once you’re signed up, you can log into your Skywards account to check your miles and recent transactions and find links to help you manage your account.
2. Book Flights on Emirates
Emirates Skywards is one of the few airline loyalty programs to provide both reward miles (Skywards Miles) and status miles (Tier Miles) for all fares.
Skywards Miles are based on the route, fare type, class, and tier (see website). Additionally, the Emirates Miles Calculator enables you to calculate the number of miles you’ll earn based on your fare, route, and class.
|Type of Fare*||Special|
| ||Flex Plus|
| ||Silver: 25% bonus|
| ||Gold: 50% bonus|
| ||Platinum: 75% bonus|
*There are some restrictions on every fare except Flex Plus, which is unrestricted and completely flexible.
Earn up to 175% bonus miles in first class and business class depending on the fare type. Miles are credited after you’ve reached your destination.
3. Earn More With Skywards Status Tiers
As we mentioned, the Skywards Tiers are Blue, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. There are 2 ways to move to the next level: earning the required number of Emirates Tier Miles or completing the required number of Emirates flights.
Each time you reach a higher tier, you will receive more benefits such as dedicated check-in, priority boarding, and lounge access. You can remain at your Tier for 14 months. That means you get an extra 2 months even if you don’t meet the renewal qualifications during the annual review.
Earning Miles With Credit Cards
4. Chase Credit Cards
The single best way to earn Emirates Skywards Miles is by leveraging Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards. The transfer ratio is 1:1, and miles get transferred almost instantly to your account. You can transfer in increments of 1,000. The best part is that you can earn Chase points across tons of different credit cards for each bonus category.
Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel rewards card, which is currently offering a 60,000 point bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.|
The card earns 5x points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3x points on dining and 2x points on all other travel purchases, plus more. Enjoy a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, and other travel benefits such as excellent travel insurance coverage, including car rental insurance and no foreign transaction fees, this card is a very rewarding card.
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® - This premium card will get you access to 1,300+ airport lounges. as well as a number of other card benefits. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $550 annual fee. |
Earn big with this card, earn 5X total points on air travel and 10X total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3X points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
|Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A solid, no-annual-fee card that earns you a $200 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. The newest intro offer earns an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back! This means you'll enjoy 6.5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 4.5% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and 3% on all other purchases (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year).|
After your first year or $20,000 spent, enjoy 5% cash back on Chase travel purchased through Ultimate Rewards, 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.
If you’re a business owner, see our article on the best Chase business credit cards.
5. American Express Credit Cards
Make purchases with your American Express credit cards to build up your Membership Rewards points. Then transfer them at a 1:1 ratio to receive Skywards Miles in increments of 1,000 (but watch out for sporadic bonuses that Amex often runs when transferring points to Emirates).
When typing in the number of reward points you want to convert on your American Express Membership Rewards account page, it will prompt you to sign in to make the transfer.
Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)
|The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a new welcome bonus offer of |60,000 100,000 Membership Rewards Points after spending $6,000 on purchases in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
This is our #1 card for accessing 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide, including Priority Pass (enrollment required). We leverage ~$4,900+ in benefits and perks from the card every year. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - This card has a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases in your first 6 months of Card Membership. |
We love using this card as it earns 4x Membership Rewards Points at restaurants, including takeout and delivery, and earns 4x Membership Rewards points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1x).
With an annual fee of $250, there's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly; and you'll have access to many benefits and perks. Terms apply and for rates and fees of the Amex Gold card, click here.
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a new welcome bonus of |85,000 120,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
See how we get $4,000+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks, including access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
|American Express® Business Gold Card - one of our favorite Amex business cards because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month, such as Facebook or Google ads. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. After that, you earn 1x.|
The current welcome bonus is 70,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $10,000 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Business Gold, click here.
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - A super simple, no-annual-fee card that earns you 2x points on everyday business purchases, up to $50,000 in purchases per year. After that, earn 1x. Right now, you can earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.|
6. Capital One Miles
Instead of redeeming your Capital One miles in the Capital One Travel Portal for cash tickets, you now have the option to transfer them to your Emirates Skywards account at a 2:1 ratio.
Using Emirates Skywards Miles can potentially save a ton of miles when looking to book first or business class tickets by using the Emirates Skywards award chart, compared to 1 cent per point of the cash ticket price using the Capital One Travel Portal.
Make sure you have a Capital One card that has the transferable miles feature. Here are our picks:
Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Personal)
|Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card - The newest card in the Capital One lineup with a welcome offer of 100,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 on purchases within the first 6 months from account opening. Not only does the card come with up to $300 in statement credits when booking through Capital One Travel, you'll also get get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary. |
Earn unlimited 10x miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5x miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel, plus unlimited 2x miles on all other purchases.
|Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card - This card is packed with lots of benefits and perks. Earn 60,000 mile welcome bonus once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. We recommend this as a no-brainer card if you even semi-regularly stay at hotels since this card earns unlimited 2x miles on every purchase.|
|Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card - This is an excellent card for those looking to earn 1.25x miles per $1 on every purchase. With a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200 toward travel) after spending $500 within the first 3 months and no annual fee, it's a strong choice.|
7. Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards
You can earn Marriott points and transfer those to Emirates at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000 Emirates Skywards Miles bonus.
Recommended Marriott Bonvoy Cards
|Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card - Earn 3 Free Nights (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after qualifying purchases + 10x total points on eligible purchases in select categories. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary. Plus, earn up to 17x total Bovoy points per $1 when using your Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card at at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy, and 2x Bonvoy points per $1 on all other purchases. Annual Fee is $95.|
|Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card - Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Earn up to 14x total Bonvoy points per $1 when using your Marriott Bonvoy Bold card at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy, earn 2X on other travel purchases, then 1x on all other purchases. A solid card for Marriott loyalists looking for a no-annual-fee card offering Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status.|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card - Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.|
Earn 6x per $1 at hotels participants in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program, 3x at U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines, and 2x on all other eligible purchases. Annual Fee is $450. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.
|Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.|
This is a solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, click here.
Earn Miles With Emirates Travel Partners
8. Marriott Your World Rewards
Emirates Skywards and Marriott Bonvoy have a partnership called Your World Rewards designed to help you earn more miles and benefits.
When you stay at a Marriott property and have Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold, or Platinum status, you’ll earn 1 Skywards frequent flyer program mile for every $1 spent along with your Marriott points! Furthermore, if you are a Skywards Gold or Platinum member, you’ll also get benefits like complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, priority check-in, and 4 p.m. late check-out.
It also works in reverse: Marriott Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador Elite members will earn 3 Marriott points for every $1 you spend on eligible Emirates flights in addition to Skywards Miles. Marriott Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador Elite members will also enjoy priority check-in and priority boarding.
9. Emirates Airline Partners
Click on an airline partner link for more information about earning points as a Skywards member.
*While you can’t earn miles with easyJet, you can redeem them starting at 8,250 miles.
10. Book Car Rentals
Emirates Skywards partners with 7 car rental agencies, each of which offers miles per rental for Skywards members. Click on a link below to learn the terms and conditions of the partner offers.
Hot Tip: If you rent cars frequently, consider paying for your car rental with a card that offers excellent insurance coverage — it could save you a lot of money!
11. Emirates Hotel Partners
You can also make transfers from the following hotel loyalty programs:
|Hyatt||2.5:1 — 5,000 bonus miles if transfer 50,000 miles in 1 transaction|
|Marriott Bonvoy*||3,000:1,000 — 5,000 bonus miles if you transfer 60,000 points in 1 transaction|
|Radisson Rewards Americas||10:1|
*For other Marriott Bonvoy transfer ratios see the Skywards Marriott page.
Just a reminder, you can earn hotel points by using hotel credit cards as we explained in the Earning Miles with Credit Cards section. Here are some of the cards that allow you to earn points with Marriott Bonvoy, Hyatt, and IHG hotels:
12. Skywards Special Offers
While most of the Emirates Skywards shopping partners are only available internationally, you can find some great ways to earn extra reward points on the Special Offers page instead. You’ll find featured offers plus deals with airlines, car rental agencies, hotels, and more.
13. Emirates Skywards My Family and Skysurfers
Emirates Skywards My Family allows you to pool miles that your family members earn from flying Emirates. This excludes partner flights and other ways to earn Emirates Skywards Miles.
Up to 8 travelers related to the designated family head may pool their miles: husband, wife, partner, father, mother, step-father, step-mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son, step-son, daughter, step-daughter, brother, sister, granddaughter, grandson, and domestic helper.
Each member can designate what percent of future earned miles will go to the pool: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, or 0%. You can adjust this rate at any time for future mile earnings. Prior earned miles do not go to the pool (you can still pay for miles transfer).
Like individual miles, My Family miles expire 3 years after they are earned (the end of the month of the family head’s birthday).
Emirates also offers the Skysurfers program, which allows children age 2-16 to get extra benefits while earning miles. They can spend their Skywards Miles on reward flights or choose books, toys, and more. Skysurfers can also earn Silver and Gold status.
14. Book an Emirates Holidays Package
Purchase a minimum 3-night Emirates Holidays package and earn 20% bonus miles on top of the miles you earn for flying Emirates. A 5% discount applies to the cost of the trip if you book early enough.
15. Business Rewards
Enroll your business in Emirates Business Rewards and earn Business Rewards points when your employees travel. You can add an unlimited number of employees as well.
If they are Skywards frequent flyer program members, they will still earn miles on their flights as long as they link their frequent flyer number to the program.
At the same time, your organization will earn 1 Business Rewards Point per $1 whenever employees fly Emirates, no matter which class! Just give your Business Rewards membership number when booking a trip.
16. Use Rocketmiles to Book Hotels
Rocketmiles.com is a popular hotel booking website, and now it has partnered up with Emirates Skywards to help you earn (and even redeem!) frequent flyer miles for Emirates.
To take advantage of this partnership, visit the Emirates partner page for Rocketmiles, click on Earn or Redeem. This will take you to a login screen for the Emirates loyalty program and get you started.
Skywards members can choose 1 of 3 options:
- Earn 500-10,000 miles per night
- Spend earned Skywards Miles
- Spend a combination of miles and cash
The more strategies you know for earning loyalty program miles, the easier it is to rack up the miles in your account. Now that we’ve shown you all the ways to earn Emirates Skywards Miles it’s time for you to get started. You’ll be using miles for rewards travel in no time.
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