You can now book Arsenal football games using your Emirates Skywards miles

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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.

Arsenal games now available for Emirates Skywards miles

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.

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  1. BSI1978 says:

    OT – looking for any advice/experience on the best seat within WTP (apologies to those HFP’s who would never countenance such a thing 🙃) on the 787-8 to Rio.

    Or are they are much of a muchness? Seatguru appears split…


  2. can anyone please advsie whether a cancelled platinum card still lets you in eurostar lounge?

    • May well do 🙂

      They don’t (can’t) swipe them.

    • I went through this weekend – they checked the name on the card matched the boarding pass, but that was it.
      Tip for food – take your own! A few crisps was all that was available. The cocktail bar was closed at STP and just opening as I left in Paris.
      Another tip – don’t get there too early – the ticket says arrive 75-90 minutes before. I was around 2 hours early because I travelled from the Midlands on the train, and they wouldn’t even let anyone through security until 70 mins before the departure time, so ended up in the station bar. (Apparently you can go early if you have business seat – but guess you haven’t if you are using Amex Plat for the lounge ?)

  3. Aeronaut says:

    O/T – is the Europcar one-way £1 offer no more, in the UK at least?

    It seems to be – the specific URL for the offer (referenced on many other sites including an older HFP post) now leads to a 404 error page.

    • Shoestring says:

      it’s now all about the Hertz £1 deal – best availability is not on their site but on another

      • Yes, I recently tried Driive and it worked well. Note that they have a charge if you don’t pick up the car. I don’t remember Europcar having one. Annoyingly, in Cardiff Hertz is only at the airport. It was weird taking the airport bus to one in order to drive a rental to another!

  4. Email from Curve r.e. crowdfunding:

    Over 27,000 of you have registered your interest to invest in Curve.
    Our crowdfunding round will be launching on Tuesday 3rd of September, 10 AM.

    Raise Target – £1,000,000
    Valuation – £158,870,400 (Pre-Money Series B valuation)
    Individual Investment Cap – £25,000

    No mention of any perks for investors etc.

    • Nate1309 says:

      What are other HfP’ers thinking about this investment?

      • The biggest problem with Revolut, Monzo, N26 etc is that the number of sign-ups who actually use them is low. Curve has shown investors it has a LOT of people who are putting £50k a year through their cards. But we know why and the investors may not ….

        • Indeed knowledge is power.

          Worth a £500 punt for me.

          • Shoestring says:

            £500 is just my hobby punt so I’m not judgemental.

            I can’t see that Curve offers anything very compelling, myself. Or ever will.

          • Shoestring says:

            My wife & I are both up £5 (on £400) with Wealthify!

            plus the £40 bonus each, of course.

        • Harry T says:

          Missed out on that Wealthify deal…

          I’m still not really sure how people are spending 50k a year on Curve, except by paying HMRC.

          • 90% of hfp readers scroll through their curve timeline weekly to see when some limit will free up.
            And for that reason, I’m out.

    • Other than an “Investor” branded card

    • Nate1309 says:

      You will get a different design card I think. I was sent a survey this week.

  5. Shoestring says:

    15 year gilts – at a high

    happens to be what your pension transfer value will be measured by

  6. OT — United have announced that their miles no longer expire (I think previously it was two years).

    • Andrew M says:

      I wish Singapore and Etihad would do that. I might actually keep some miles in my accounts with them if they did.

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