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Emirates to offer redemptions on easyJet … honestly!

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There is no doubt that Emirates offers a fantastic in-flight service.  The First Class flight I took in one of their Airbus A380 First Class Suites three years ago is still my best … flight … experience … ever.

But the Skywards frequent flier scheme sucked!

The ratio of miles earned per flight to miles required to redeem per flight is one of the worst in the industry.  I had 2 business class and 1 first class flights credited to my account and still only had 18,000 miles (my wife had 21,000 due to a joining bonus).  There was nothing useful that we could do with these.

With the 3 year expiry looming, I had to use hers for Emirates raffle tickets.  (We lost.)  I was a bit luckier with my miles and managed to get someone in Dubai to pick up some Dubai shopping vouchers for me – Emirates wanted US$50 to post a piece of paper to the UK!

The good news is that UK Skywards members now have a semi-decent way of redeeming their miles – on easyJet! 

This is a little hard to believe, I admit.  Compare the pictures below of the Emirates First Class seat and an easyJet seat …

There is no complex award chart to get your head around.  See here for full details of the deal.  As Emirates are basically buying you an easyJet ticket for cash using your miles, your tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable just like a normal easyJet ticket.

Here are some typical prices I looked up, comparing the miles required versus the easyJet cash price:

£35.99 or 11,250 miles

£36.99 or 11,250 miles

£44.99 or 13,750 miles

£54.99 or 15,000 miles

However, easyJet also has a £9 adminstration fee which you need to add in for comparison, since Emirates does not charge this.

Doing the maths, you are therefore getting roughly 0.4p per mile redeemed.  This is not a great deal, but it is certainly better than nothing.  It is also better than the Dirham 200 of shopping vouchers I got last month when I redeemed 18,000 miles – that got me a shocking 0.19p per mile, albeit they were about to expire anyway.

The upside, of course, is that you can book any easyJet flight, on any day.  No black outs, no restrictions.  Except, of course, that the busier flights will cost a hugely increased number of miles!

All in all, it is a decent improvement for anyone stuck with Skywards miles – although certainly not a good enough reason to go out of your way to accumulate any.

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  1. Interesting… Is there anyway to convert Avios to this scheme in order to redeem?

    • No, sorry. Remember you can convert Avios to hotel stays if you are struggling to use them for flights, via the Avios hotel booking service.

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