List of Emirates Carrier ChargesEmirates has just reduced the amount of carrier charges payable when redeeming points or miles to fly with the airline. This applies to Emirates award flights booked using Emirates Skywards miles, Qantas Frequent Flyer points, and miles with some other partner airlines too.

Emirates has traditionally had extremely high carrier charges. Last year, for example, you would pay 289,200 Qantas points and $1,683.34 in taxes & carrier charges to fly Emirates Business Class from Sydney to the UK and back. Of this, $1,184.60 comprised of airline-imposed carrier charges, which are not a legitimate government tax or airport fee and go straight to the airline. (Of the remaining amount, a large proportion was the UK Air Passenger Duty.)

Qantas award booking itinerary

Qantas award taxes & carrier charges

If you were to book in the other direction, the Emirates carrier charges were even higher. On a round-trip Qantas Classic Flight Reward booking from the UK to Australia, flying Emirates in Business or First class, you would pay £884 (~$1,642) just in carrier charges. The total fees and taxes would add up to £1,162.50 (~$2,159) – well above the normal price of an Economy airfare.

Taxes & charges on a round-trip Emirates award booking from Manchester to Sydney in Business Class, using Qantas points
Taxes & charges on a round-trip Emirates award booking from Manchester to Sydney in Business Class, using Qantas points

But this week, Emirates substantially reduced carrier charges on many routes! They still vary wildly depending on the route and the country of departure, but there have been some significant reductions in many instances. For example, you’ll now only pay around $115 in carrier charges – instead of $666 – for a one-way Business or First class award flight from Indonesia to Dubai. And on some routes, such as from Singapore to Melbourne, carrier charges have been removed completely.

On some routes, however, there have been small price increases. On the Hong Kong-Dubai route, for example, carrier charges in the premium cabins have increased from $97 to $113 per passenger.

So, just how much are Emirates carrier charges now? Neither Qantas nor Emirates actually publishes a list of these, so we did some research and compiled our own list. Note that these amounts may change over time and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

Below are the Emirates carrier charges payable (in addition to the points and genuine taxes) for a one-way Qantas Frequent Flyer or Emirates Skywards redemption travelling on Emirates. For amounts charged in an overseas currency, we’ve converted the price to Australian Dollars at the current exchange rate.

List of Emirates Carrier Charges (AUD) as of May 2020

Origin Destination Economy carrier charge (one-way) Business/First carrier charge (one-way)
Sydney Christchurch $15.20 $30.30
Australia Singapore $75.60 $226.70
Singapore Australia $0 $0
Australia Dubai $75.60 $226.70
New Zealand Dubai ~$76 ~$227
Singapore Dubai ~$37 ~$113
Indonesia Dubai ~$38 ~$115
Hong Kong Dubai ~$38 ~$113
Philippines Dubai ~$37 ~$113
Australia London/Europe $113.40 $340.10
New Zealand London/Europe ~$98 ~$310
Australia United States $151.20 $453.40
Australia South Africa $113.40 $340.10
London Australia ~$113 ~$339
Switzerland Australia ~$113 ~$339

 

For easy comparison, these were the Emirates carrier charges that applied as of October 2019:

Origin Destination Economy carrier charge (one-way) Business/First carrier charge (one-way)
Sydney Christchurch $14.90 $29.70
Australia Singapore $74.20 $222.50
Singapore Australia ~$245 ~$357
Australia Dubai $148.40 $370.90
New Zealand Dubai $37.10 $111.30
Singapore Dubai ~$199 ~$312
Indonesia Dubai ~$293.70 ~$666
Hong Kong Dubai ~$97 ~$97
Philippines Dubai ~$201 ~$459
Australia London/Europe $222.60 $592.30
New Zealand London/Europe $111.30 $333.80
Australia United States $296.80 $667.60
Australia South Africa $296.80 $667.60
London Australia ~$383 ~$821
Switzerland Australia ~$422 ~$844

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Emirates reduces carrier charges on QF awards

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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