Should you redeem your Emirates Skywards frequent flyer miles on easyJet?!

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Emirates has a lot of high quality partnerships such as its established deal with Qantas.  It also works with many other well regarded legacy airlines such as JAL, giving members of the Emirates Skywards frequent flyer scheme more options for earning and spending miles.  We looked at the best Emirates Skywards airline partnerships here.

Emirates Skywards also has a partnership with easyJet!

Whilst you may be thinking ‘I’m never going to redeem my miles on easyJet’, you need to remember that Emirates Skywards has tough expiry rules for its miles.  You may find a small amount need to be used quickly, and this is not a bad option.

There are other options for expiring Emirates Skywards miles.  You can convert Emirates Skywards miles to Heathrow Rewards, for example, which lets you cash out for Heathrow Airport shopping vouchers.  (A ring fencing deal means that you cannot move miles from Emirates to Heathrow Rewards and then on to Avios.  This is strictly enforced.)

You should also look at using expiring Emirates Skywards miles as part-payment towards a hotel booking (look for ‘Rocketmiles’ under the ‘Hotels’ tab) or for some Arsenal football tickets.

The Emirates Skywards and easyJet partnership

This is a little hard to believe, I admit.  Compare the pictures below of the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First Class suite and an easyJet seat …

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There is no complex award chart to get your head around.  See this page of the Emirates website for full details of the deal.  As Emirates is basically buying you an easyJet ticket for cash using your miles, your tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable just like a normal easyJet ticket.

The good news is that you can redeem Emirates miles for the full cost of your flight.  There are no taxes to pay.  You can also pay for seat selection, baggage etc with miles as long as it is booked as part of the original transaction.

Here are some typical prices I looked up, comparing the miles required versus the easyJet cash price:

£102.98 or 34,406 miles

£128.98 or 42,053 miles

£50.98 or 19,112 miles

In the first two examples you are getting around 0.3p per mile.  In the final one, you’re getting 0.27p.  This is a terrible deal, to put it mildly, unless your miles are on the verge of expiry.

The upside, of course, is that you can book any easyJet flight, on any day.  No black outs, no restrictions.  Except, of course, that the busier flights will cost a hugely increased number of miles!

It is one way out for anyone stuck with expiring Emirates Skywards miles – although certainly not a good enough reason to go out of your way to accumulate any.

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 – 20,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus (this is a special offer until 29th June)

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 miles.

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Comments

  1. davvero says:

    I’m not sure the point of a comparison photo was! 😩
    You’re not going to be using EZY to fly LHR-DXB-SYD and you’re not going to be able to use EK to fly shorthaul within Europe

    • Peter K says:

      Really? I thought it was obvious why.

    • Redeeming on easyJet is slightly less aspirational!

      • davvero says:

        It’s giving me nightmares just looking at it! I know the BA A321neo is just as bad with the rear section at least

        • Harry T says:

          The new BA Neo economy seats are actually awful, and don’t even recline. Mind you, the long haul economy seats on the new A350s are profoundly uncomfortable too.

  2. Is there anything to do with a truly tiny number of Emirates miles? I have 550—is there somewhere I can donate them, for example (I know some airlines have set up a facility for donating miles to Civid-related causes)? They expire in a few months and I will not be taking an Emirates flight in that time. Clearly not the end of the world if they just expire.

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