Odd redemption deals you might not know – Emirates & easyJet, Etihad and Flybe

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Emirates and Etihad, the two major UAE airlines, have a lot of high quality partnerships such as the Emirates deal with Qantas.

They have have some lower quality or just plain weird partnerships.  Two of the oddest are:

the Emirates partnership with easyJet, now six years old amazingly

the Etihad partnership with Flybe

Whilst you may be thinking ‘I’m never going to redeem my miles on easyJet or Flybe’, you need to remember that both Emirates Skywards and Etihad Guest have tough expiry rules for their miles.  You may find a small amount need to be used quickly, and this is not a bad option. If you’re not already a member of Etihad Guest, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.

The Emirates Skywards and easyJet partnership

This is a little hard to believe, I admit.  Compare the pictures below of the new Emirates Boeing 777 First Class suite and an easyJet seat …



There is no complex award chart to get your head around.  See here for full details of the deal.  As Emirates are basically buying you an easyJet ticket for cash using your miles, your tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable just like a normal easyJet ticket.

Here are some typical prices I looked up, comparing the miles required versus the easyJet cash price:

£45.30 or 12,500 miles

£37.22 or 10,000 miles

£41.26 or 11,250 miles

Doing the maths, you are therefore getting roughly 0.37p per mile redeemed.  This is not a great deal, to put it mildly, but it is certainly better than nothing.

The upside, of course, is that you can book any easyJet flight, on any day.  No black outs, no restrictions.  Except, of course, that the busier flights will cost a hugely increased number of miles!

It is one way out for anyone stuck with Skywards miles – although certainly not a good enough reason to go out of your way to accumulate any.  If you are looking to spend some expiring Emirates Skywards miles, however, I would first look at part-payment towards a hotel booking or some Arsenal football tickets.

The Etihad Guest and Flybe partnership

Etihad has formed a partnership with Flybe to allow you to redeem Etihad Guest miles on Flybe flights.  Details are here.

This is wrong in SO many ways!  For a start, taxes are not included.  Flybe has a VERY, ahem, ‘flexible’ policy on taxes.  The underlying taxes number is huge.  So huge, in fact, that their cash tickets often have a negative base price in order to bring down the end price to the consumer to an acceptable level.

(Flybe’s credit card reward scheme, called Spend&Fly, actually contains this warning about redeeming your points:  “Discounted web fares may occasionally be available at a lower cost (including taxes & charges) than equivalent reward flights.”)

The miles needed varies depending on the cheapest ticket currently for sale in the Flybe system for that flight.  For a UK domestic flight, this can be as much as 22,300 miles.  Plus the taxes – which, as I mentioned above, can be higher than a cash ticket anyway.

I suppose this may be of some use to some people – especially for short notice flights (you can book up to 24 hours before departure) where the cash equivalent is high.

However, for most people, a more effective route of redeeming on Flybe would be to cash in their Etihad Guest points for cash, via PointsPay and use that money to buy a Flybe ticket.  Since the post-Brexit crash in the value of Sterling, PointsPay is not a bad deal as it is $ denominated.

More on the Flybe partnership can be found here.  If you want to take a look at the Flybe route network you can find it here.

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  1. I’m not sure EasyJet seating looks that different to Emirates economy seating? Of course it looks different to the First class suite!

  2. Katy storie says:

    Can I ask for more detail on the Qantas deal with emirates?

  3. Lol I can’t see a situation where I’d ever consider redeeming Emirates (or any other!) miles for a football ticket, sounds like torture! The deal with Heathrow Rewards is decent though (assuming still available) – my folks had a stash of Skywards miles from a one off return trip on Emirates to NZ in biz. Converted them to HR then a couple of years later exchanged for shopping vouchers when a promo was on, ended up with about £400 worth of vouchers, which is a pretty decent saving on the original flight costs!

  4. Easyjet is a solid, credible airline.

    For Flybe that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  5. Jill (Kinkell) says:

    I’m using up the last of our skywards miles on Easyjet next week before they expire .INV- LGW as we are heading to O2 for the Blues Fest. I think we have had about 5 return trips over the years . I was quite happy to use on Easyjet ..miles only with no extra fees of taxes. May not be super value, but it was handy and worked for us

  6. Again it’s not taxes it’s CARRIER IMPOSED SURCHARGES do not mislead

    • RussellH says:

      It is, in part, taxes. Plus airport and security fees and other bits and bobs. Also, on some airlines, cariier imposed surcharges, which can often be significant. Everyone here understands that, surely. But there will always be taxes.
      ‘Taxes’ is a short and convenient shorthand used by most writers, anywhere.

      • Peter K says:

        As RussellH days there are numerous factors. They is why Ryanair typically uses small out of the way airports, the fees are lower. Taxes though is an easy way to write it in an article.

    • Jill (Kinkell) says:

      Neal…no need to shout a me. I’m sure everyone here knows what I mean, and I am by far not the only one who refers to all the add-ons in this way.

      • I don’t think he was shouting at you. You did say fees of(sic) taxes so the only thing you did wrong was the typo.

      • Chill Jill, he wasn’t shouting at you.

      • RIccatti says:

        They are NOT taxes.

        They are surcharges and fees, even those imposed by airport or Passenger Fee, also known as the September 11 Security Fee, remitted to TSA. It is not a tax, it is a user fee.

  7. I found the EK/EZY tie-up to be a real boon when a family member had a lot of expiring miles. Not wanting a trip to Dubai, I used them (with permission!) for four easyJet flights and didn’t regret it for a second. Well two were from STN but you can’t win them all.

    All those miles were originally earnt from one (discounted business) return flight to NZ.

    At a time when I was fairly cash-poor, to have three subsidised holidays was bliss, and I felt I got great value from it.

  8. I just managed to redeem Etihad miles for flights on Bangkok Airways. It’s 5,000 points plus 80 Dirhams (£17) each way between Bangkok and Koh Samui. Absolute bargain when the cash price is £106 each way unless you fly at funny times. It did take several hours on the phone to get it booked, though.

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