This is a topic that is only of marginal interest to Head for Points readers, so instead of writing a long post I will direct you to this excellent post on Loyalty Lobby.
Here you find the earnings chart for Qantas flights in the Emirates Skywards programme, as well as the redemption chart for spending your miles on Qantas flights.
(Don’t forget that you can also now redeem Emirates miles on easyJet!)
The real kicker is that only Qantas flights booked as an Emirates codeshare will count for tier miles (ie status miles) in Skywards, although any Qantas flight will accrue redemption miles.
You also will NOT earn on domestic Qantas flights unless booked as part of an international itinerary.
How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (January 2021)
Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Emirates Skywards miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.