Emirates removing free chauffeur cars on Skywards bookings

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It seems that Emirates Skywards has decided to follow the lead of Etihad Guest and remove free chauffeur cars on Business and First Class reward flights.

This is disappointing, as it helped offset the ludicrously high (even by British Airways standards) ‘taxes and charges’ added to Emirates award tickets.  We have used Emirates chauffeur cars on reward tickets a few times, and coming back from Heathrow it was a £60-£70 saving over booking an equivalent Mercedes for cash.  The car pictured below is the one I got before my last Emirates A380 First Class redemption reviewed here.

The change is showing on the chauffeur drive terms and conditions page here.

Emirates chauffeur cars removed from reward tickets

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Emirates no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards miles.

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Comments

  1. kovacsi76 says:

    O/T re flight delay comp: Was flying home from Budapest to Gatwick on Saturday, and our flight was around 4 hours delayed due to snow at BUD. If I remember correctly, this by itself is a straight no for compensation.

    However, I think most of the delay was due to that Easyjet was checking the boarding passes so slowly. Incoming flight was slightly late. We were scheduled to leave at 12:20pm, gates closing at 11:50am. At 12:15pm they started to check the speedy boarding queue, there was about 20-25 of us, and once through the check, we were waiting on the bridge for about 10 mins. During this time only 2-3 more people joined us on the bridge. Around 12:25pm they opened the doors and we walked to the plane. The rest was slowly trickling in, about 4-8 people per min, I guess at the speed they were checking the boarding passes. Only shortly after 1pm did they finish boarding the plane. After a while we were told the runway was shutting down and had to be cleared, and meanwhile we’d get deiced so we could take off when the runway opened again. But once we got deiced, the runway shut down again. Before that, the BA scheduled at 12:30pm managed to get into the queue and take off around 1:45pm. The runway opened and shut a few more times. It stopped snowing around 3pm, but only around 4:25pm did we start to move (I guess the backlog built up even more).

    Somebody said BA might have gotten out earlier, ’cause they prioritise larger airlines. True?

    Otherwise, any chance on claiming that the large delay was due them missing the queue in the first batch to take off, because they were boarding people so slowly? I guess even with hard proof, only when hell freezes over 😀

    More O/T: Tried to drop off some of our hand luggage at check-in, as we had some fluids in them. Airlines used to be happy for volunteers, especially on full flights. However, now they refused and would only take it if we paid their fee, or they could probably take it at the gate. Later we heard some passenger on the plane telling someone that they were asked at check in if they would like to check in their hand luggage! Gotta love Easyjet!

  2. All above 11 years are considered adults. I was wondering if claiming back APD is possible after the flight.

    • A quick scan of the internet suggests you have to claim it back from the airline. But after nearly 3 years I don’t see how travel companies can still justify charging it in the first place!

  3. OT: The new KLM lounge at Schiphol may be worth a HfP review? Was there on Sunday. Very fancy and a definite improvement on the previous lounge, but the food is as uninspiring (and vegetarian-unfriendly) as ever. Who thinks of chicken wings and mashed potatoes as an offering?

    • It is only half-open at the moment, I thought I’d wait until it is finished. Overcrowding still seems an issue (not surprising as not fully one).

  4. BlueHorizonuk says:
    • presumably as this says “by invitation only” the invitation has to come from amazon or amex, and not this site 😉

  5. BlueHorizonuk says:

    Seems like a flash sale on First Class on BA

    INV – JFK – £1,700

    More info here:

    https://youhavebeenupgraded.boardingarea.com/2019/01/yeah-british-airways-first-uk-usa-westkuste-2000-euro/

  6. OT: I am considering to book an open jaw to the US in CE, and when I am looking at the taxes for two one way redemptions they price up as £400+ per person each way, which is almost the same as the total taxes for a non-open jaw booking. Is this the amount I will be paying if or will some of the charges be consolidated when I book the open jaw?

    • Edit: CW, not CE haha

    • No they’ll come down for open-jaw. Ex-US tickets have even higher charges (due to the massive numbers of Avios swilling about in the US) but open-jaw return will have costs more in-keeping with a standard return CW redemption from the UK.

  7. Oh no, more drones!

    • Assuming there actually are any – the last Gatwick saga seemed to involve lots of confusion as to whether there were actually drones or folks were seeing the police drones that had been sent up!

  8. OT, Just canceled my BA card via the chat and i got this message:

    If you have earned a British Airways Companion Voucher, please be aware that Companion Voucher bookings must be made using the British Airways Card they were earned with. This is set in the Terms and Conditions on the Companion Voucher. Cancelling this Account may mean you are unable to redeem your Companion Voucher.

    • I don’t see how the BA payment system can know which card corresponds to your companion voucher.

      • Indeed – restricting to Amex I can understand (based on BIN), but can’t see them linking things up that comprehensively.

      • It would be very simple.
        I expect that when Amex send details of the newly earned voucher they already include the card number. When you pay BA will just put the number on the form with no facility to change it. Simples.

    • I didn’t cancel my card before using my companion voucher but I did downgrade to the free blue card a couple of months before and paid the fees for the booking with another Amex card that wasn’t even mine (wanted to put some spend through to hit a bonus on my partner’s card, it worked fine!). As far as I know they can’t take it away if you cancel the card completely, and you can pay with ANY Amex card, as much as they will tell you otherwise!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      They’ve always said this. It’s not the case. Ignore and reset the clock becuase any amex will do in anyones names.

      The voucher is valid for two and I could lose my card tomorrow and be issued with a new card I don’t think amex is updating them with card numbers every time this happens.

  9. Cheers Rob. Just booked ARN-SIN return for £1,282.80 via AmEx Travel, and stacked it with my “Spend £1,000 and get £400 rebate! offer.

    So 560 TPs for £882.80 is not bad at all, and just over a third of the way back to Gold.

    Now to go and book another round on using the wife’s same travel offer!

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