Emirates has done its traditional August release of Arsenal football tickets for Emirates Skywards members who have miles to redeem.
This season sees a couple of changes:
pricing is more variable – there has historically just been high and low depending on opposition
games are being released at shorter notice
The latter change is actually an improvement. The TV scheduling is only decided a couple of months in advance. Historically you could book a ticket for a Saturday and end up seeing the game on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Even worse, Emirates did not allow you to refund your tickets if the date was changed. The new system hopefully allows tickets to only be released when the date is firm.
You can see the current games available on this page of the Emirates website (log in required). You can pick from Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace which takes you up to late October.
The cheapest game is Aston Villa. It is 11,000 miles per seat for a standard ticket and 22,000 for the Emirates VIP box.
The box is VERY good. It is the best located box in the stadium and you get good quality drinks and hot food before, during and after the game. Here is a review of a past trip although I have been 7-8 times since.
Note that you are restricted to two tickets per game per Skywards account.
Transfers from American Express Membership Rewards to Emirates Skywards are instantaneous if the accounts are already linked and should be pretty quick even if they are not. You can redeem for someone else BUT the name must be provided at the time of booking. Photo ID IS required and IS checked (tickets must be collected in person from the Arsenal offices on the day) although when I couldn’t go once due to a date change a friend got away with showing a credit card in my name.
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 – 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 mile.