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See Queen’s Club tennis with your Emirates Skywards miles

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Emirates Skywards is offering tickets for the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London for the 2nd year running.  This is the traditional mens event which runs immediately before Wimbledon.

It runs from Monday 17th June.  Standard tickets are priced from 7,500 Skywards miles to 10,500 Skywards miles per person.  VIP hospitality packages (for sale for cash by Keith Prowse for £1,200 inc VAT for two) are available at 30,000 to 40,000 miles per person.

My wife and I went last year on a VIP package. I can’t remember what we paid in terms of miles.  However, the value is questionable at 30,000 Skywards miles each, which I’d value at £300, given that you can redeem for the tickets on their own for 75% fewer miles.

Queens Club tennis with Emirates

My biggest gripe was the Emirates group itself.  There were probably 16 of us, of whom two were Emirates hosts and 12 were travel agents on a jolly, invited for free by the airline.  My wife and I were sidelined during the lunch, which was on one large table.  In contrast, if you go to an Arsenal game using miles, virtually all of the guests in the Emirates Box are Skywards members on redemptions – and virtually all of them are HfP readers.

If you were moving points, transfers from American Express Membership Rewards to Emirates Skywards are usually instantaneous.  However, your accounts must already be linked for this to happen.  Unfortunately you cannot see availability without having the necessary miles in your account so I wouldn’t risk making a speculative transfer from Amex.

Full details are on the Skywards website 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 (112)

  • MarcB says:

    Do you think it’s the plane enthusiast crowd who have hiked the price up, or could there really be some oversized reward for taking a £250± flight to Manchester (etc) on this day?

    • Rob says:

      The former …

    • ADS says:

      “These services are currently selling for high prices due to a surge in demand over the weekend”

      since the other flights on the same day are selling for a vaguely normal price – i think we can conclude that the surge in demand is due to enthusiasts !

  • David Shem-Tov says:

    Iberia put an Airbus A350 on of their LHR-MAD rotations, presumably as part of their new aircraft integration process. I was able to select a premium economy seat travelling in economy. Excellent gate-to-gate inflight entertainment for such a short flight. Business customers got the lie-flat seats.

  • Gordon says:

    Come on Rob – travelling in the bubble of the 747, Queen of the Skies, with friends, is unbeatable, far better than Concorde.
    The shagged BA 777-200 is hopeless for cabin crew and passengers, especially up the back.

    Try a daytime flight from BKK to LHR for a taste of Hell.
    The crew can’t get the drinks carts out, because of the queue for the washrooms.

    The A350XWB is lovely, let’s see how many seats BA shoehorn in, and spoil it.

    I’ll be buying a ticket for one of the boneyard flights in 2024(?)

    Joe Sutter – We salute You !

    • Michael Jennings says:

      People do get sentimental about the 747. It is a beloved aircraft in a way that nothing else designed since is. The opportunity to fly on one will still be around for at least a couple of decades if you seek it out, but a lot of us don’t fly on them very much any more. I used to fly on them all the time between Australia, Asia and the UK, as well as transpacific, but I now can’t remember exactly when the last time was. It’s at least a decade ago though.

  • Robert says:

    Interesting. Those 744 flights do seem to be pretty much sold out, and all Upper Deck and First cabin seats (presumably operating as CE) are blocked even for GCHs, so the few that are actually occupied are BA invites I guess.

    • Lady London says:

      Could actually have been miserable enough to block all but Economy seats.
      Or perhaps “media” has been invited filling all the J and F seats.. .but somehow I doubt it on a sunny August weekend.

  • Phillip says:

    Iberia has rostered the usual A340 on one of the Gatwick-Madrid routes this weekend due to the football and the A350 to Heathrow.

  • Catalan says:

    O/T – Is there any particular reason why my comments are subject to moderation of late?
    Last night I wished Anna an enjoyable flight back from JFK and not only was the comment ‘moderated’ but I’ve just checked and it was never posted.

    • Peter K says:

      I’ve had several just not post at all but vanish into the ether.

      • Lady London says:

        +1. It seems to happen very occasionally with 2 or 3 messages in sequence. Some days there’s just a delay in being able to see each message even reloading several times, Other dans like today and yesterday, messages post immediately. I think it might be very occasionally losing cached stuff under dôme conditions.

    • Rob says:

      This one did! It is an automated machine-learning antispam system over which I have little control.

    • Anna says:

      Thanks anyway Catalan, it was a bit of a saga but might turn out for the best (see below!) I think if you put in any words that might have a commercial meaning the post can get deleted even if it isn’t meant that way. Shoestring’s favourite website is one of these!

  • Deenesh says:

    Think you’re missing the point. While you can do short haul on long haul aircraft quite easily it is very, very rare to have a 747 operating short haul domestic. I’d bet half the people booked don’t even care what will be onboard the just want to say they flew a Jumbo within the UK.

    • Deenesh says:

      I mean a 747 domestic within the UK of course.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Haha I’ll admit that I just don’t get it. Flying from LHR to Manchester – what’s impressive about that? Flying a 747? It’s not Concorde; a huge chunk of the world has done it loads of times, and can continue to do so if you wish any time you like for years yet. As for £250, that’ll just about get you to New York and back these days if we’re looking at sitting down the back in a sale – how is flying to Manchester better? Another bit of plane geekery that is incomprehensible to the rest of us.

      • Anna says:

        It’s not that easy to fly to Manchester these days! Paris and any other number of foreign cities are better served, at least from London. I’m toying with the idea of complaining to Andy Burnham 😂

      • Aston100 says:

        Nice bit of snobbyness there.

        • Rob says:

          He make fair points though …. there is a tiny novelty value in this but only at a very low price. I have already agreed with someone that they can have my seat if I am offered one, subject to it not being a personal Cruz invite.

  • Mark says:

    Flew on two of these recently. One was very tired but boa. Had the newest club seats.

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