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Emirates removing free chauffeur cars on Emirates Skywards reward flight 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. 

Emirates chauffeur cars removed from reward 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 above 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.

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How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (July 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 (144)

  • Gavin says:

    OT: Regarding Amex Platinum travel insurance. Does anyone know exactly what it means to have “booked the trip with your card” regarding the requirement for all insurances apart from the core medical and car hire benefits? I have an upcoming trip that’s been partially paid for by a different Amex card (main flights and some hotels), partially paid for by my Halifax clarity (other flights and some hotels) and partially paid for by bank transfer via Transferwise!

    Typically on any trip I do there are lots of different payments required and I tend to use a variety of different payment methods, including Amex. I’m not sure if I have to pay for everything on an Amex to be eligible for the additional insurance benefits from Platinum.

    • Robman says:

      I asked a similar question yesterday and the advice I received was that as long as the trip was paid for with an Amex card, it didn’t matter that it was not an Amex Platinum.

  • BSI1978 says:

    Does Qatar offer a similar tool to BA where one can see how many tier points will be gained by a certain journey or trip? I can’t see to find it if they do.

    • Genghis says:

      If you mean taking a QR flight and then crediting to BA (for TPs), then use the BA calculator.
      If you mean taking a QR flight and then crediting to Privilege Club (for Qpoints),

      • BSI1978 says:

        Thanks Genghis – hadn’t used this for a while and forgot one could simply input another airline here…..!

    • Alan says:

      Not sure but given recent chat about their programme on here I’d be crediting to BAEC rather than QR’s scheme!

      • Polly says:

        Totally, why we jumped ship years ago from qr to baec…

      • BSI1978 says:

        There’s absolutely no danger of me not crediting to BAEC. Enquired about Qatar as their flight earns me more tier points for the same journey, albeit with short stop in Doha.

        • Alan says:

          Ah cool – just wanted to make sure, some folk don’t realise you’ve the option of crediting them to any Oneworld programme. The amount earned is always dependent on the programme being credited though so the mention of QR website made me double-check 😛

  • Pangolin says:

    OT The 10,000 miles bonus for my Miles and More Diners Club card came through today.

    As I didn’t receive the card until Dec 28 and managed just a single transaction on it before Dec 31 I felt relieved to sneak in just in time!

  • The Lord says:

    OT: AmEx Platinum referrals – Currently hold the Plat, BA free and SPG. Am I correct in assuming I can self refer for the Nectar and bag the 18k? Thanks

    • Alan says:

      Yep, just make sure to refer from your Amex Plat a/c!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Would consider cancelling one first. report that 2 co-branded credit cards is the max and also a number of failed applications

      • Alan says:

        I thought the feeling was that this limit was more a historical one? Have often had initial decline but then subsequent card. Agree though it lots of credit limit across existing cards may be worth closing some to free up available credit w/Amex.

    • Norman says:

      How can you refer from Platinum to Nectar? When I refer from Platinum to my partner, they are only offered Platinum and Gold cards to apply for?

  • Anna says:

    OT – Card conundrum! OH referred me from his Platinum on Jan 1st for MR gold and Jan 3rd for BA blue. Neither application got an instant decision. He’s had one set of referral points and today my blue card arrived. Still no word on the gold card even though I applied for it 2 days earlier. I’m reluctant to start chasing it up at this stage in case the “g” word gets bandied about but am perplexed that the later application has seemingly been dealt with first. Any ideas?

    • Polly says:

      They should arrive, but next time maybe leave a month between apps…

      • Anna says:

        Ideally I would but OH needs to close Platinum before 1st anniversary! We only refer each other and stick to the Ts & Cs as we’d hate to spoil the hobby for everyone…

  • Tom says:

    OT: has anyone claimed back APD for a teen ticket, for tickets booked through Amex travel portal, need to book tickets using Amex £50 off for £200 spend but no option to book teen ticket! Am getting nowhere with Amex chat.
    Any advise would be appreciated.

    • Anna says:

      What are the options for booking? I would have thought speaking to Amex travel would be the best option though.

  • 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!

  • Tom says:

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

    • Anna says:

      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!

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