Emirates is offering an aggressive €1546 return fare in Business Class from Amsterdam to Bangkok.
You need to book by 20th September and fly between mid December (90 days advance booking is required) and 31st March. A five-day stay is required. You can also have a free stopover in Dubai if you wish.
There are two flights per day out of Amsterdam on an A380, and a less attractive Boeing 777 option.
Of course, you can’t earn Avios on these tickets as they are on the Emirates flight code. (You DO earn Avios and BA tier points on Emirates flights if they are booked under the Qantas flight code.) Emirates is not in a major alliance so you will probably end up crediting to their own Skywards programme, albeit you can top these up with American Express Membership Rewards points.
You can book via the Emirates website here.
British Airways is actually cheaper than Emirates on some dates – I saw €1451 return available for Amsterdam to Bangkok via London – so this deal is really for someone who wants to give Emirates A380 Business Class a try and is less bothered about the miles or status points.
If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency. This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (December 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.