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Convert your Emirates Skywards miles to (almost) hard cash

Emirates has recently signed up as a partner of Heathrow Rewards, meaning you can now convert your Heathrow Rewards points to Emirates Skywards at a 1:1 rate.

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Interestingly, however, Emirates Skywards has also joined Heathrow Rewards as its first “transfer in” partner. This means you can convert your Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards points at a rate of – ahem – 6,000 Emirates Skywards miles for 2,000 Heathrow Rewards points.


5-15% off Emirates, 10% off Etihad, 20% off Flybe

We have two new airline sales/discount codes today, plus a reminder of a very useful discount code that expires at the end of the month. After some confusion earlier on in the week, the Emirates discount code position is now clear.

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Book by 28 April, and the discount code GEMCARD will get you up to 15% off flights departing from the Middle East* (if you pay with a Mastercard issued in the Middle East), while perhaps more relevantly, UKVOUCH will get you 5% off all Emirates flights (in all classes) departing from the UK, until 31 May. (more…)

50% off global reward flights with Emirates – for one week only

For the next week (i.e. until 17 February 2015), Emirates is offering 50% off the number of miles required for almost all return redemption flights in Saver Economy Class. Subjection to certain exclusions, this is regardless of your starting point or destination.

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While you need to book by 17 February, the travel window is between 13 April and 23 June 2015.

The points required for the flight are obviously halved, but taxes and fuel surcharges must be paid in full. It is generally these additional fees that make Business Class reward flights much better value than Economy Class redemptions. However, with 50% off the miles required, this sale is certainly worth looking at.

The offer applies to flights to/from a large number of Emirates destinations (including the US), although the exclusion list does include London Heathrow. It is set out in full below.

The discounted points rate takes the miles cost of flights to/from major Emirate hubs to the following: (more…)

Emirates promo code – double miles + free nights at Shangri-La hotels

Emirates and Shangri-La hotels have launched a good value promotion that runs until 31 March 2015, for stays until that same date. Using an Emirates promo code, you will earn double Emirates miles and free nights at a select number of Shangri-La hotels.

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While the list of participating hotels is limited, it includes London, Bangkok, Paris and Istanbul, and helpfully applies to bookings made at the Best Available Rate.

Free nights are either “third night free” or “fourth night free”, as follows: (more…)

Buy top European football tickets… using air miles

One little known benefit of the Emirates Skywards frequent flyer programme is that, through Emirates’ extensive football sponsorship, you can use it to easily buy football tickets at European heavyweight teams AC Milan, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Paris St Germain, SV Hamburg and Benfica.


Not only can you get general admission tickets, you can also use miles to “buy” your way into the VIP executive box, with full catering etc, at impressive mileage costs. We set out both the full cost of tickets and available fixtures below.

A major disadvantages of Emirates Skywards is the expiry of your points after three years, without any possibility of this extending. When you add to that policy the fact that redemptions often come with hefty taxes and fees, many people can find themselves fairly limited in their options. I have a general preference for Etihad over Emirates, and the relative merits of their frequent flyer schemes is one such reason.

As such, this use of Emirates Skywards miles with some potentially very interesting Emirates Skywards partners is certainly one to consider.

So how do I do it? (more…)

200 free Emirates Skywards miles

Emirates has joined the ranks of those loyalty schemes offering an introductory bonus with online survey company, e-Rewards. In this case, you will get 200 bonus Emirates Skywards miles for completing two surveys.

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Once these two surveys are completed, you will be able to claim the 200 miles online. You do not need to continue to participate in e-Rewards (although if you do, you can earn more miles for surveys).

Remember that you can join as many e-Rewards schemes as you want, you just need to use a different email address each time. (more…)

Earn Emirates miles at Starwood hotels, and SPG points with Emirates…

Emirates and Starwood hotels today launched a “mutual back-scratching” arrangement, whereby members of each of their loyalty schemes can now earn loyalty points with the other.


The programme is called “Your World Rewards, and it’s a pretty straightforward arrangement. In short, you’ll earn Skywards Miles when you stay with Starwood hotels, Starpoints when you fly with Emirates, and elite benefits all round. To join and for full details, just click here.

The benefits can be broken down as follows:


Emirates US departures – 10% off and free stopover in Dubai

An offer exclusively for our US-based readers today. We’ve got a couple of Emirates discount codes, and these can be fully combined with a new offer of up to 2 complimentary nights in a Dubai hotel (JW Marriott Marquis) during your stopover there.

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The 10% code applies to business and first class flights, and gives a 5% discount in Economy. However a separate code gets you up to 7% off in Economy, so depending on your destination, may be preferable. (more…)

Emirates discount code – $50 off flights from the US

If you’re booking an Economy class return Emirates flight from the USA, you can currently get $50 off by using the code USSWBLU.


The discount is only available to Emirates Skywards members, but you can join for free here.

Crucially, you need to book by the end of 16 November (i.e. tomorrow), and travel between 25 December, 2014 and 31 May, 2015 (although inbound travel is not permitted between 1 and 12 January, 2015).

(Sourced from bluepromocode.)

Heavyweight showdown: Etihad Business Class soundly thrashes Emirates

In September 2014, I flew long-haul business class from Europe to Asia and Australia, travelling out with Emirates, and back with Etihad. This gave me the perfect chance to compare two of the world’s best-regarded premium cabins.

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What surprised me most of all was the fact that Etihad absolutely wiped the floor with Emirates. I should warn you that any issues I raise from here on in are about as “First World Problem” as you can get (“my caviar was slightly too salty”…), but forgive me – it is a premium cabin comparison.




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