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Get £200 cashback with Emirates flights via American Express – with restrictions

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American Express has launched a new cashback deal with Emirates.  You can see if you are targeted by looking in the ‘Offers’ section of your online statement for each Amex card you have.

It is quite restrictive, unfortunately, but could be very juicy if your employer lets you book flights on your personal credit card.

If targetted, you will receive a £200 statement credit when you spend £1,800 on Business or First Class flights via emirates.com before 8th November.

The flights need to depart from a UK airport.

Emirates First Class Suite

Now …. it is possible, but no means certain, that the offer would also trigger if you spent £1,800 on Economy flights or on taxes and charges for Emirates Skywards redemptions.  American Express is not very clever at knowing what you have bought.

(For example, many people have a Google Store offer at present which offers £75 back on a £375 purchase.  The description implies that it is only valid on a Pixel 3a phone but is actually triggering with any purchase.)

The Emirates website is here if you want to check prices for any upcoming trips.

Remember that you earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly Emirates as long as you book them under the Qantas codeshare flight numbers.  This won’t help you with this offer, though, as the Emirates website will only sell you tickets with EK flight numbers.

Emirates cashback American Express

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.