Emirates and Emirates Skywards

Skywards is the loyalty scheme for Emirates Airline. The articles below outline the best ways of earning and spending your points if you are based in the UK.

For further information on Emirates and Skywards, visit their website here.

Lloyds buys MBNA and its airline credit cards ….. good news or bad?

Lloyds Bank announced yesterday that it was the winner of the auction to acquire the UK operations of credit card group MBNA from Bank of America.  It paid £1.9bn as well as taking over MBNA’s existing debt book. MBNA is the leading UK player in […]

Earn huge Heathrow Rewards bonuses when you splurge this Christmas

Heathrow Rewards has launched its annual bonus promotion on electronics and jewellery, keen to tap into the Christmas rush. Here are the details of the offer, which runs from now until 31st December. Remember that you can convert Heathrow Rewards points into Avios, Virgin Flying […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (7): Emirates Skywards Elite American Express & Visa

This is my review of the Emirates Skywards Elite credit cards. This article was updated on 18th January 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (6): Emirates Skywards American Express & Visa

This is my review of the Emirates Skywards UK credit cards. This article was updated on 18th January 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not […]

50% bonus on Emirates conversions to Heathrow Rewards – worth it?

Heathrow Rewards has launched an interesting promotion – a 50% bonus when you convert your Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards points. This deal runs until 31st December. Emirates Skywards joined Heathrow Rewards as a transfer partner back in May 2015 – see here.   As British Airways, […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, Emirates / Arsenal tickets, Premier Inn Scarborough reviewed!

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing soon. Here is three nights for six at a beach house in New Zealand which ends next week, or perhaps five nights for 12 people in Koh […]

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

How to earn SPG points flying Emirates and get Emirates status benefits at SPG hotels!

Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, W, St Regis etc, has an interesting tie-up with Emirates which a lot of people don’t know about. It is called ‘Your World Rewards’ and is designed to encourage Emirates flyers to stay at SPG hotels and […]

Emirates launches ‘cash and miles’ – is it any good?

Emirates Skywards added a new feature last week – the ability to use your Skywards miles as part payment towards a cash ticket. You can find full details of ‘cash and miles’ on this page of the Emirates website. Is it a good deal? No, […]

Bits: BA launches new route to Bremen, £100 off £800 Emirates spend, add an avatar to your HFP comments

News in brief: British Airways launching two new routes to Bremen, Germany It is ironic that British Airways runs a major call centre in Bremen but did not fly there.  All of this will be fixed from 31st October when BA franchise SUN-AIR launches new […]

What credit card should replace your Diamond Club Visa or MasterCard?

Yesterday I ran an extra article to share the news that the MBNA Diamond Club (ex bmi British Midland) credit cards will stop accruing Avios points on 30th September. This is a big blow for many people, not least myself who has been earning a […]

Bits: Emirates makes Manchester ‘all A380’, Priority Pass deal, HFP in the Express

News in brief: Emirates to make Manchester ‘all A380’ whilst Birmingham gets a switch Emirates announced last week that all three of its daily Manchester services will be operated by A380 aircraft from 1st January 2017. At the same time, the A380 service to Birmingham […]

What is the best Visa or MasterCard travel loyalty credit card?

This article was updated in January 2017 I continue to get a steady stream of reader emails looking for advice on the best Visa or MasterCard miles and points card.  With earning rates being cut following the EU cap on interchange fees, it isn’t easy. The […]

Warsaw to Sydney £1275 in Emirates business AND earn BA tier points

I don’t normally run fare ‘mistakes’ (if this is a mistake) on HFP but this one is worth a look. Via Flyertalk, Emirates has filed a promotional fare of £1,275 in Business Class between Warsaw and Sydney or other Australasian destinations. This books onto the […]

100 free Heathrow Rewards points (=100 Avios) for downloading their app

Heathrow Airport has launched its very own Heathrow Airport Guide app aimed at helping you find your way to and around the airport and to maximise your use of its facilities. It is available for iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones. This might not sound hugely exciting […]

Bits: Starbucks / Amex offer, 10% off Emirates via HSBC, Iberia / Groupon issues?,

News in brief: Starbucks cashback offer with American Express Over at Shopper Points today are details of a Starbucks / American Express cashback offer. I am delighted to say that the rules are so badly worded that the combined brain power of Anika and myself has […]

BA rejigs Middle East schedules – outstanding Avios availability on new flights

British Airways has announced a shake-up of its services to the Middle East.  This is either crazy or ambitious, depending on how you see it, as they are throwing in more resources whilst competing with the (frankly superior) offerings of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. The […]

Earning miles or points from Europcar car rentals

Europcar is a major player on the car rental scene in Europe (the company is based in France) although it has a lower profile than the big boys, Hertz and Avis. It is very possible that your travels will see you renting from Europcar at […]