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You can now purchase access to the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai!

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In what may be a sign of things to come with other airlines, Emirates Skywards members can now pay to access the impressive Business and First Class Lounges at Dubai International Airport regardless of the class they are travelling in.

The A380 pier at Dubai’s Terminal 3 which we covered here briefly, is technically three separate floors for Economy, Business and First Class passengers.

Each of these floors has got their own duty free shops, restaurants and bars of which the latter two are complimentary on the Business and First Class floors.  Rob will be in the First Class lounge / floor in a few weeks and will be writing a review.

emirates a380 pier dubai airport

For a fee Skywards members can now access the Business and/or First Class Lounge even when flying Economy.

  • Skywards Blue members can pay $100 to access the Business Class Lounge or $200 for the First Class Lounge
  • Skywards Silver and Gold members can bring guests who are on the same flight to the Business Class Lounge for $100 or the First Class Lounge for $200
  • Upgrade from Business Class Lounge to First Class Lounge costs $100

Children aged 2-12 get a 50% discount.

These prices are obviously not a bargain and it’s questionable whether an upgrade from Business to First Class is worth $100.  On the other hand, the food and drink on offer is meant to be impressive and it is no more than you would pay for a decent three course meal with champagne and fine wine in a restaurant.

If you are flying Economy and want to treat yourself to a unique lounge experience whilst waiting for your flight, $100 is not a bad price.  If you were planning to have a meal in the main terminal you would easily spend a fair proportion of this cost anyway, and you get the added benefit of getting a huge space in which to relax for up to four hours.

The terms and conditions of the deal can be found here and you can read more about the lounges here.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

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 cardsThese are:

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 (35)

  • Polly says:

    Considering flights on Emirates to HKT are only around £300 ATM, then you would probably consider the entry fee to the biz lounge anyway,mot while away your few hours layover…crazy Y prices out there to Asia ATM. Worth trying to status match at this stage…

    • Rod says:

      I’ve seen prices ex-LON at around £370 last week, but where do you see prices at £300?

      • scott says:

        £230 from UK to AUS/NZ today with QF/EK. Error fare but was still around when I checked earlier.

      • Polly says:

        Was 330 on QR, got them for my daughter and fiancé… Incredible… But they are popping up in my in box regularity. They go very quickly.

  • flyforfun says:

    I wonder if the Maharaba lounge will improve it’s game given that it’s around half the price to enter, but what seems like not even an eighth of the benefits of the Emirates lounge. Plus you have to pay extra to use the showers there and they are not very nice. Very badly designed boxes with little space and steams up so badly you need another shower when you get out!

    • James says:

      I thought the Marhaba lounge in T3 was good. Good selection of food, drink and seating. Good WiFi and plenty of power outlets. Paying for the shower is not great but it seems pretty standard.

      • flyforfun says:

        No, compared to showers at Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong that I’ve used, the
        Marhaba lounge ones are pants. Only 2 per sex. No where to store your bag apart from on the sink. Premium Plaza in HKG have a loo in the room and no where near as nice. The only thing more premium is that in Dubai you get a toiletry kit, but the quality of the shower gel and shampoo isn’t that great. The cost of the shower is included with lounge entry at HKG.

        I found the food limited at DBX and I like Mediterranean food. Premium Plaza had sandwiches, soups, noodles, eggs and other breakfast items, salads, spring rolls and a whole lot more.

  • Amit says:

    O/T Some good sport tkts on skywards redemptions. Going to BNP Paribas/ indian wells so may go for it. Does anyone know where they will seat you for general admission tkts

  • Mike says:

    Not sure I agree that paying $100 to upgrade to first is the equivalent of a meal plus champagne etc. The statement fails to account for the fact that you already have a perfectly good meal and drinks in the business floor.

    I can’t see how the extra money is worth it.

    Would you pay £100 or even £50 to go from the business to first class lounge at T5? I doubt anyone would.

    • John says:

      Not sure where in DXB you’d spend “a fair proportion of” 368 dirhams for a meal in the terminal anyway….

      • Rob says:

        You don’t get far for that money in Dubai in my experience. £9.50 for a cappuccino in our hotel in October.

        • Alan says:

          LOL that explains why it’s mainly folk from London on holiday there then, that must be about the same price? 🙂 Currently away skiing in France and pleasantly surprised how OK costs have been even with the rubbish exchange rate – just glad we picked here rather than Switzerland!!

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      Wouldn’t pay a tenner to be in any of BA’s lounges, to be frank. Concorde Room is simple very grubby (polite word for dirty furniture!)

      • Will says:

        BA should be ashamed of the CCR at T5. The food there is worse than most sub par chain restaurants.

    • Rob says:

      That is more a reflection on BA though!

  • Andrew says:

    The business lounge does not have its own shops – just the first class lounge. Business lounge users shop in the same shops as economy passengers.

  • John says:

    Asiana has a J to F lounge upgrade offer for 30000 KRW at ICN, that’s about £20. J and *G pax only though.

  • Paul says:

    The last couple of times we’ve used the business class lounge complex at DXB it has been hugely busy, and very difficult to find a seat.

  • Roger says:

    OT_ AA mile redemption (J) on AY to Asia.

    I am thinking of booking a business class award booking AAdvantage Miles on FinnAir (Y is 20K and J is 42.5K as Rob as reported as AA Sweet spot).

    The flight is bookable on dates I want to travel.
    Just looking at Terms it seems date change is feasible without penalty but cancellation will be subject to 150 USD miles re-credit fees as below.

    ==============================================================

    Changes/Penalty
    BEFORE TRAVEL BEGINS – DAY/TIME CHANGES ARE ALLOWED WITH NO CHARGE. CHANGES IN ROUTING – EXCLUDING CONNECTING CITIES – ARE ALLOWED SUBJECT TO THE ORIGINAL AWARD VALIDITY – USD 150.00 CHARGE APPLIES. STANDBY IS NOT ALLOWED.

    AFTER TRAVEL HAS BEGUN – DAY/TIME CHANGES ARE ALLOWED WITH NO CHARGE. CHANGES IN ROUTING – EXCLUDING CONNECTING CITIES – ARE ALLOWED SUBJECT TO THE ORIGINAL AWARD VALIDITY – USD 150.00 CHARGE APPLIES. STANDBY IS NOT ALLOWED.
    ==============================================================
    Cancellations/Refunds
    BEFORE TRAVEL BEGINS – MILEAGE MAY BE REINSTATED WITHIN 1 YEAR FROM ORIGINAL TICKET ISSUANCE DATE IF MILES HAVE NOT EXPIRED – USD 150.00 REINSTATEMENT CHARGE APPLIES.

    AFTER TRAVEL HAS BEGUN – MILEAGE MAY NOT BE REINSTATED

    ==============================================================

    Should I go ahead and book ticket?
    My first J redemption so any help will be hugely appreciated.
    If I redeem this at current (inflated) cash ticket price, I am getting little over 2p per AA mile.

    • Roger says:

      Forgot to say AY flights from LHR to HEL is on A350 flat bed seat
      But from HEL to Asia is on A330.

      • C77 says:

        I believe all AY 330’s have flat bed seating too now. Similar to AA 767-300 in a 1-2-2 / 2-2-1 in alternating rows style. It’s just that the A350 is the latest generation (similar to AA 777-300 in a 1-2-1 style) and features amongst other things. On board WiFi and the fact the A350 is a quieter cabin. I don’t think you’d notice an awful lot wrong with AY A330 in J