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.

Bits: last day for 2,400 Avios from LEGO, see the French Open Tennis with Emirates Skywards

News in brief: Last day for 2,400 Avios with £60 of LEGO Friends Today (Monday) is the last day for the latest Tesco Direct / LEGO promotion.  If you still haven’t filled up every birthday wish list for the rest of the year, you will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard […]

Earn Avios or Virgin miles at Duty Free with Instamiles!

A few weeks ago a reader (thank you) sent me an email to ask “Do you know that Instamiles has added Avios and Virgin Flying Club as partners?“. I didn’t, because I had never heard of Instamiles.  Even odder, a search of the entire Flyertalk […]

ITB bits: new Emirates A380 bar, my video of the new Qatar Airways Qsuite

ITB Berlin news in brief: The new Emirates A380 bar revealed Emirates showcased their new A380 business and first class bar at ITB and I thought I would share a few pictures.  Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to go inside and couldn’t recreate Rob’s picture taken inside […]

Bits: new BA Copenhagen lounge, Hilton Diamond Extension live, where we’re going

News in brief: British Airways has a new lounge in Copenhagen A new lounge opened at Copenhagen Airport last week – “Eventyr”, operated by Menzies.  British Airways has adopted this as its lounge instead of the “Aviator’ facility which is still open.  A photo is below. The new […]

Last day for 50% Heathrow Rewards Avios bonus – and new partners coming

(EDIT: there is some confusion over the closing date for this offer.  The Avios page of the HR website still shows ‘250 points = 375 Avios’ but confusingly says transfers must be made ‘before’ 1st March.  On the other hand, the HR home page says […]

Bits: new way to spend Emirates miles, BA removes therapeutic oxygen, Abu Dhabi ‘no rain’ promise

News in brief (we’re a bit behind after spending two days at the Business Travel Show last week): A new way to spend expiring Emirates Skywards miles I get a lot of emails from HFP readers concerned about some Emirates Skywards miles which are approaching […]

The top 14 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms of cold hard cash. Put simply, if I get this card purely for the sign-up […]

You can now purchase access to the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai!

In what may be a sign of things to come with other airlines, Emirates Skywards members can now pay to access the impressive Business and First Class Lounges at Dubai International Airport regardless of the class they are travelling in. The A380 pier at Dubai’s Terminal […]

Good Heathrow Rewards sign-up deal – 2,500 Avios, Virgin, Lufthansa, Etihad or Emirates miles!

(EDIT: avios.com has just launched an even better version of this offer with 3,000 points for £150 spend.  See here for details.) Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in association with Etihad […]

Bits: 1200 Avios via Tesco PayQwiq, Emirates launches Athens to NYC, HFP on the radio

News in brief: 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles for trying Tesco PayQwiq – now nationwide From yesterday, you can now use Tesco’s mobile payment app PayQwiq in EVERY Tesco store.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you can earn 120 Avios (50 Clubcard points) […]

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 4th March 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 they […]

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 4th March 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, […]