It is called ‘Your World Rewards’ and is designed to encourage Emirates flyers to stay at SPG hotels and vice versa. The bottom line is that signing up is a no-brainer if you qualify.
Full details can be found on the Emirates website here.
For Emirates flyers at SPG hotels:
If you are an Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold or Platinum member you will receive 1 Skywards mile for every $1 you spend in an SPG hotel. Importantly, this is in addition to the Starwood Preferred Guest points that you already receive. This is a genuine extra benefit.
If you are a Gold or Platinum (sorry Silvers!) Skywards member, you will also receive additional SPG benefits which are equivalent to those that a Gold-level SPG member would receive. This are:
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For SPG members when flying Emirates:
SPG Gold or Platinum members will receive 1 SPG point per $1 spent on Emirates flights. All Emirates flights count as long as your ticket is under an EK flight code.
This is a very generous deal in my view. I tend to value SPG points at 1.5p each. A £3,000 Emirates business class flight would therefore earn you £60 of free hotel stays. This is on top of your usual Skywards miles.
Remember that you can obtain SPG Gold status for free by signing up for the American Express Platinum charge card. You will retain your SPG Gold status for a full year even if you later choose to cancel your Platinum card. You can also get SPG Gold status via the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card after spending £15,000 in a year.
You need to register for ‘Your World Rewards’ – it is not automatic. You can register via this page on the Emirates website. The Emirates website also includes further details of ‘Your World Rewards’ if you want to know more.
How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (November 2020)
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.