Overview of Emirates Skywards Redemptions

Emirates A380 Sydney Airport

Skywards is the frequent flyer program of Emirates Airline. You can redeem Skywards miles to fly with Emirates, Qantas and a unique selection of partner airlines. However, we generally don’t recommend transferring credit card reward points to the Skywards program because it’s relatively poor value and the miles can be difficult to redeem.

If you wish to book an award flight for travel on Emirates, remember that you can also use Qantas Frequent Flyer points (and not be penalised for booking one-way awards!).

Nonetheless, if you would like more information about the Emirates Skywards program, please read on…

Emirates is not in an alliance, but you can redeem Emirates Skywards miles to travel on any of the following airlines:

  • Emirates
  • Air Mauritius
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Copa Airlines
  • easyJet
  • flydubai
  • GOL
  • Japan Airlines
  • jetBlue
  • Jetstar
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • S7 Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Air Portugal

There are two types of Classic Rewards for Emirates-operated flights; Saver and Flex Plus. Saver awards are cheaper, but have less availability and can only be used for round-trip awards. For one-way awards, you’ll have to redeem more miles for a Flex Plus award. You can use the Emirates Miles Calculator to check the number of miles required.

Emirates has a different award chart for travel on each partner airline. You can find each of the relevant partner airline award charts on the Emirates website.

Note that dynamic pricing is used for award travel on flydubai or easyJet.

You can book award travel on Emirates, flydubai, Qantas, Japan Airlines, Alaska Airlines, jetBlue, Korean Air or Malaysia Airlines on the Emirates website. For awards on other partner airlines, you’d need to call Emirates or start a live online chat. This booking process can be complicated and time-consuming.

Australian Frequent Flyer has an Emirates discussion forum.


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