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You can earn Avios and BA tier points when flying Emirates – here’s proof it works

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Back in February, I wrote about one of those ‘things you didn’t know you didn’t know’ – that it is possible to earn British Airways Avios points and tier points when flying with Emirates.

If you live in the UK regions, Emirates is a decent choice for long-haul travel, especially in premium cabins on the A380 routes.

One downside is Emirates Skywards.  It is a pretty feeble loyalty scheme with low earning rates and high redemption rates.  You can redeem for Arsenal VIP football tickets and for easyJet flights but that is about it.

One alternative is crediting Emirates flights to Alaska Airlines as the two are partners.  Alaska is also a British Airways partner so you could redeem the miles for BA flights.  If you didn’t have enough, you could credit a few BA, Air France or KLM flights to Alaska to top up your account.

There is an alternative, though.

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Qantas signed a major tie-up with Emirates two years ago.  A large number of Emirates flights now carry Qantas flight codes.  Qantas is also a member of the oneworld alliance alongside British Airways.

As long as your Emirates flight is booked under a Qantas (QF) flight number and not an Emirates (EK) flight number, you will receive Avios points when you fly.

I got my wife to try this out recently.  She had to fly to Singapore for a conference with the start date being immediately after our recent Dubai holiday.  As the rest of us were already booked on Emirates, it made sense to book her onto a London – Dubai (stopover) – Singapore – Dubai – London routing.

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As you can see, full long-haul tier points – 560 tier points for the return trip – and Avios were received.  Whilst it states that all four flights were ‘operated by Qantas’, this is not the case.  Three were on Emirates with only QF1 being on a Qantas aircraft.

To book an Emirates flight under the Qantas flight numbers, you should use the Qantas website to book.  Flights may be cheaper, the same or more expensive than booking via the Emirates site – it varies by service – so be careful.  Expedia and other third party sites may also show Emirates flights with Qantas flight numbers but you need to check this carefully before hitting the ‘buy’ button.

For corporate bookings, you need to carefully explain to your travel booking company what you want to do.  It is not just routes to Australia that have a Qantas codeshare attached as these Singapore flights show.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (37)

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  • Alan Gregg says:

    Yup I had a business trip to Melbourne in May. Qantas to Dubai and Dubai to Melbourne with Emirates. TPs and Avios. And a much nice flying experience IMO.

  • Susan says:

    Very occasionally I really wish I didn’t read HfP – last week was forced to buy Emirates Y to AKL because of corporate policy. All EK code. Dagnabit!

  • Phillip says:

    Also, if you look here:

    QF codeshares on EK are some of the very few exceptions to BAEC rules, whereby a OW codeshare operated by a non-partner will not earn any Avios or Tier points. So you’ve got it in writing for retrospective claims if needed.

    *Flights booked under the Qantas code (QF) operated by a non-oneworld airline will earn Avios and Tier Points unless operated by Jetstar in a class other than L class.

  • Toby says:

    Hi. It does work. Last year my wife and I flew to Christchurch new Zealand. Lhr to dubai to sydney to Christchurch return in business. We had A380 on the major legs great product.

    . Not only did I get enough tier points to take me to silver we both earned air miles adding to the household account. We happened to have a 10 hour layover in dubai, but the tickets came with dubai connect (free hotel and transfer) which meant a proper bed for a bit of sleep and food before the next leg. Emirates lounge at dubai is pretty good as well. The other thing to remember and makes the difference to me was the free chauffeur services which we used at both ends (restricted mileage before a charge I think is 75 miles from lhr) so hassle free from the moment the front door is locked.

    I will be booking this way again in the future.

  • VP says:

    OT query : If you have booked transatlantic flights with Ba codeshare but on Aa metal do they count for the 4 ba flights for silver? What if it is AA codeshare on ba metal? In both cases flights credited to ba. Thanks a lot.

  • Ironbark says:

    I, too, am BA Silver courtesy of an Emirates flight to Melbourne (+4 , of course). Doing the same this year with Qatar.

  • Dan says:

    I also earned Avios on a Fiji Airways codeshare with a Qantas flight number, it was a welcome surprise.

    OT but I have also found that changing a partner domestic reward flight last minute at the airport to an earlier departure, also earns you full revenue tier points and avios. This has happened to me on both Qantas and US Airways/AA.

    • Andy says:

      As a Sydney based BAEC member, I’m interested in this. Do you mean an Avios partner booking or a QF Classic award? Thanks

    • harry says:

      Sounds like a good trick if you get the chance. I’ve had tier points & Avios on RFS flights, but not these last 2-3 years.

    • Alan says:

      Might depend on the agent, I’ve not had that happen to me on two recent QF internal flights that I changed in the lounge.

  • Sean says:

    It’s not just Emirates. Any QF codeshare will earn TPs and Avios

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