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Emirates Skywards

Skywards membership gives you access to a world of exclusive benefits and privileges, designed to make your travel more rewarding and enjoyable.

With Skywards, it's not just about earning and spending Miles - it's about managing your journey, going beyond the travel experience and enjoying the real privileges of a more rewarding frequent flyer program.

One of the most exciting aspects of being a Skywards member is the ability to earn and spend Skywards Miles with Emirates, and our prestigious global partners.

About Emirates

Emirates was set up in 1985, and so is a relatively young airline by comparison to some of the American and European competitors. Owned by the Government of Dubai, Emirates’ focus is on excellent service and quality over quantity. Having said this, Emirates is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, and already has a large fleet of over 100 aircraft. that fleet has been the subject of a great deal of industry excitement over the years.

Emirates has been responsible for some of the biggest leaps in passenger aviation technology. In 2006, for example, Emirates signed a deal for 10 of Boeing’s new 747-8F aircraft, and in 2007 ordered 120 Airbus A350s, 11 A380s, and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs. This investment in new technology has helped to provide Emirates passengers with access to state-of-the-art aircraft, and in turn, better and better travel experiences.

Flights go to 100 destinations in 60 countries across the globe, with 700 Emirates flights taking off from Dubai every week. In 2008, Emirates flew 21.2 million passengers.

Emirates Flights

Emirates flights go to almost all the major cities in Central Europe, Australasia, Middle East, Africa and five cities in North America, which are Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Houston and Los Angeles. Naturally, the Middle Eastern network is particularly well developed, so if you regularly fly to or through Dubai, Bahrain, Beruit, Damascus, Cairo, Muscat or Tehran, this airline will be extremely convenient to use with many flight to these destinations. As well as this, you will be particularly able to earn Skywards points, and save money in the long run on flights and various other products.

Entitlements and Benefits

Membership of Emirates Skywards comes with some very unique benefits, many of which cannot be found with any other airline. Skywards members are entitled to elect a personal travel coordinator, who is then able to redeem rewards on your behalf; check your stored flight itineraries; keep up-to-date with your mileage balance; and update your seating, special meal and drinks preferences. This is perfect for the business traveler who uses a personal assistant or secretary to book their flights, but has found restrictions on who can access their frequent flyer account frustrating in the past.

Members are also entitled to a host of other privileges, such as online booking, online upgrades, wait list priorities, self-service check-in, access to special offers, personal preference recording, pre-assigned seating and many more.

Earn Skywards Points

There are two options for how members can earn points with Emirates, depending on which type of flight they buy. They can either purchase Skywards Flex, or Skywards Saver flights. Skywards Flex entitles members to 100 per cent of the base miles for their flights, whereas Skywards Savers earn 50 per cent of the base miles. So, if you fly regularly enough, choosing more expensive flights with Skywards Flex will actually be cheaper in the long run, as you will earn points faster and so be able to redeem them for greater benefits. For occasional flyers, there is still the option to earn points with Skywards Saver. Additionally, flying First Class earns members 150 per cent of the bonus miles available, and flying Business Class earns 75 per cent of the bonus miles available.

There are three tiers of membership: Blue, Silver and Gold. You can move up these tiers simply by flying with Emirates, as you earn tier miles with every flight you make as well as Skywards Miles. Silver and Gold status members receive higher rates of mile collection, but the rate on Blue status is still very satisfactory.

Points can also be accrued by flying with any of Emirates’ partner airlines, which are Continental Airlines; Japan Airlines; Jet Airways; Kingfisher Airlines; Korean Air; South African Airways; United Airlines; and Virgin Blue.

If you want to accelerate the rate of your Skywards Points then you can sign up for the Citibank Emirates credit card available through Citibank's frequent flyer credit card range.

Points can be redeemed for flights and upgrades with Emirates or partner airlines; tours with Arabian Adventures; stays at international hotels such as Marriott; leisure and lifestyle products; car hire from Budget Rent A Car; and discounted products and services through The Emirates High Street, a wide-ranging online shopping portal.

Eligibility

You must be aged 17 or over to become a Skywards member, but there are options for under 16s. Emirates Skysurfers program is for children aged 2 to 16, and works in exactly the same way as Skywards; parental consent is needed to apply.