1 in 3 credit card transactions in Australia are made using a credit card that earns Qantas points. But the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is not your only option!
In Australia, there are several Velocity Frequent Flyer co-branded credit cards that earn Velocity points. There’s also one co-branded Emirates credit card that earns Emirates Skywards miles directly, and comes with various perks when you fly with Emirates Airline. You can also transfer some credit card reward points to Emirates’ frequent flyer program.
Emirates Citi World Mastercard
With the Emirates Citi World Mastercard, issued in Australia by Citibank, you can earn 1 Emirates Skywards mile per $1 spent in Australia. This earn rate applies to the first $3,000 per month; after this, you’ll only earn 0.5 Skywards miles per $1 spent up to $10,000 for that month. You won’t earn anything on expenditure above $10,000 per statement period. In addition, you would earn 1.25 Skywards miles per $1 spent overseas (uncapped) and 1.5 miles per $1 spent on airline tickets booked via the Emirates website.
This credit card also comes with two annual complimentary Emirates Lounge passes and one free airport chauffeur drive service each year when flying Emirates.
Transferring Australian credit card loyalty points to Emirates Skywards
In addition, you have the option to transfer points from many Australian credit card loyalty programs to a choice of airline frequent flyer programs. The following Australian credit card rewards programs partner with Emirates Skywards:
- American Express (Amex) Membership Rewards
- Diners Club Rewards
- Citi Rewards (Prestige & Premier cardholders)
- Suncorp Bank Rewards
Should I transfer points to the Emirates Skywards program?
There are some cases where it could make sense to transfer credit card loyalty points to the Emirates Skywards program. However, in general, we would not recommend this.
Firstly, Emirates Skywards redemptions are relatively expensive – both in terms of the number of miles required and the Emirates carrier charges.
Emirates does have some unique partner airlines that you can redeem Skywards miles to fly with. For example, you can use Skywards miles to book award flights on jetBlue, Korean Air, TAP Portugal, Bangkok Airways, GOL and Air Mauritius. You can also book Qantas flights using Emirates Skywards miles.
However, only Classic Rewards on Emirates, flydubai, Qantas, Japan Airlines, Alaska Airlines and jetBlue can be booked online. For awards on other partner airlines, you’d need to call Emirates or fill out an online request form. This booking process can be complicated and time-consuming.
Also keep in mind that one-way awards on many partner airlines are not permitted. For Emirates-operated flights, it’s only possible to book a one-way award in the “Flex Plus” category (which costs more miles).
It’s also possible to redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points for Emirates flights. So, it’s not necessary to earn Emirates Skywards miles just to book an Emirates award flight. However, by using Emirates Skywards miles, you do have access to the more expensive flexible rewards which have more availability. You can also use Skywards miles to upgrade on Emirates flights – something you cannot do with Qantas Frequent Flyer points.
Beware that Emirates Skywards miles expire after 3 years.
The best Australian credit cards for earning Emirates Skywards miles
If you want to earn Emirates Skywards miles from your credit card spend in Australia, here are the best earners. For easy comparison, we’ve calculated the equivalent earn rate of Emirates Skywards miles per $1 spent – taking into account the rate at which points are converted from each loyalty program to Emirates Skywards – on everyday purchases.
Although it didn’t make our list, an honourable mention goes to the Citi Prestige credit card (which has a $700 annual fee). On everyday purchases in Australia, you’ll only earn the equivalent of 0.4 Emirates Skywards miles per $1 spent on a Citi Prestige card. But you would earn the equivalent of 1.2 Emirates Skywards miles per dollar spent overseas, or with airlines, hotel chains and restaurants in Australia. And you would earn 0.8 Skywards miles per $1 at major supermarkets and petrol stations in Australia.
Without further ado, here’s our list of top-earning Emirates Skywards credit cards in Australia:
|Card||Loyalty program||Annual fee||Skywards miles per $1|
|Amex Platinum||Amex Membership Rewards||$1,450||1.125|
|Amex Explorer||Amex Membership Rewards||$395||1|
|Emirates Citi World||Emirates Skywards||$299||1*|
|Diners Club (in World Mastercard combo)||Diners Club Rewards||$299||0.8|
*Skywards miles are only earned at the full rate for the first $3,000 spent per month.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended as financial advice. Consider your personal circumstances before applying for any type of credit.