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Will Emirates become a UK Amex Membership Rewards partner?

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This week, without any advance warning that I know of, Emirates became a partner of the US American Express Membership Rewards programme.

As of the time of typing, there has been no announcement about Emirates Skywards joining the UK Membership Rewards programme.  However, it might well happen.

Membership Rewards partners vary on a country by country basis – I think Miles & More is still a partner, for example, in Switzerland but nowhere else.  However, it would be a little odd for Emirates to partner with the American programme but not with any others.

I have a personal interest here, as we are flying back from Dubai tomorrow on an Emirates A380 in business class.  (I will review this flight next week.)  To get the miles required, I had to transfer a chunk of Starwood Preferred Guest points to Emirates.  

It would have been far preferable to transfer American Express points instead, since SPG points are most valuable when used for Starwood hotels.

For now, there is nothing to do.  It is something to keep in mind, though.


How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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.

Comments (3)

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  • Phillip says:

    Why would it be odd if they didn’t? I would say given how big they are in the UK and how desperate thay are to expand in the US, that they will only target that market. That said, it would be a great new addition. It’s interesting to see how different AMR regions have different partner airlines, such as MH in Australia.

    Regarding Etihad, I understand where you’re coming from. In most cases, especially if booking in advance, once the two seats are booked, they are replenished very quickly, but you won’t know that until you book, and once you book you will need to sacrifice 2000 miles if you want to cancel!

  • Dannyrado says:

    Yes.

    It’s live. With a 25% bonus.

    • Rob says:

      Top man, I was checking this late last week as I was told it was coming …

      Post on Monday as too late for Sunday!

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