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Emirates launches a new style of family household account called ‘My Family’

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Most people don’t realise that the British Airways style of family or household account is actually very rare.  Few other airlines let you pool 100% of the miles earned by your wider friends and family.

Until now, Emirates had a family policy that could best be described as a token gesture.  Your family were allowed to credit their miles to your account, but only at a rate of 20%!  All of the other miles were lost.

Emirates My Family account

You had the situation where, for example, you and your three family members could earn 10,000 Skywards miles each from a particular flight, or one person could earn 16,000 miles (10,000 + 2,000 + 2,000 + 2,000).  Hmmm …..

Emirates has now launched a new family programme called My Family You can find the details here.  And it is just as weird.

Up to eight family members can come together.  They do need to be family and there is a list of acceptable relationships.  You open a new My Family account and, going forward, you can agree that either 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of your miles earned from flying go into the pooled My Family pot.

You can see the snags here:

You cannot pool your existing miles

You cannot pool future miles earned from non-flying activity

This means that you are likely to continue to have a small balance in your own personal account which is at risk of expiry

It is interesting to see Emirates taking a fresh look at family account structuring, but I’m really not sure this approach is much better than the previous one.  The British Airways model is clean and simple.  You can learn more about My Family here.

PS.  If you want to learn about the BA equivalent, we published this long article on how British Airways household accounts work.

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 (44)

  • Nick says:

    OT bit…


    50% off all WT redemptions booked in the next two weeks (travel Sep-May). Details on (exec club pages). Usual TFC apply.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – Etihad introducing dynamic award pricing as of 30th June 2018.

  • Andrew says:

    OT: does the BA 24 hour cooling off period apply to RFS too? Or will I still get charged the £35 fee? Thanks in advance.

    • Alan says:

      Yep applies to RFS as well as paid-for bookings. There may be a telephone service fee charge for non-Gold, but if the website doesn’t let you cancel they should waive this.

    • the_real_a says:

      The policy is actually extended past 24 hours if your local “service center” is closed which saved my skin a couple of times.

  • Peter K says:

    OT but new email from Marriott about changes to tier levels and it specifically says :
    “Elite tier will be based on the status earned, not status granted via linking and status matching.”
    Looks like gold spg will become gold in the new Marriott as feared. Boo.

    • Alex W says:

      The way I read it, those from amex plat will not even get new marriott gold unless the SPG status “earnt”. So we could end up with no status at all!

      • Rob says:

        No, that’s not what it means because it is already known that Amex Plat will continue to offer ‘new scheme’ Gold.

        • Alex W says:

          Ok that’s good to know, thanks. I can’t help being skeptical though, and thinking that there will be a faff having to reapply for the new status via the amex platinum website.