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Emirates forms a joint venture with TAP Portugal – your TAP status match has more value

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A lot of Head for Points readers currently have Star Alliance Gold status from TAP Portugal, as part of their generous status match offer last year.

The status match offer still seems to be running – and TAP will even match British Airways Silver status to Star Alliance Gold. Full details of the TAP status match are in this article.

Your TAP status may be about to get even more valuable.

Emirates forms a joint venture with TAP

This week, Emirates and TAP signed an agreement to turn their current codeshare partnership into a more integrated joint venture.

As well as expanding the number of codeshare routes, the two airlines will:

“explore ways to enhance the co-operation on their respective frequent flyer programmes including reciprocal earning and redemption opportunities and popular benefits such as lounge access.”

In plain English, this means that your TAP Gold card may soon get you into Emirates lounges when you fly with them.

The agreement comes into effect on 1st May, subject to regulatory approvals. It isn’t clear when we will know exactly what the reciprocal status benefits will be.

You can find out more on the Emirates website here.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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 cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Skywards miles) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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 (61)

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  • BJ says:

    There was a time when we needed and tried to anticipate when we could next expect a 100% bonus on hotels points, now they’re easier to find than the standard rate. Strange days indeed.

    • Harry T says:

      Hilton points very easy to earn from stays at the moment too. I’ll be diamond from work stays soon and the milestone bonuses and Points Unlimited bonuses rack up quickly. I’m glad I bought 320,000 Hilton points in the sale last year, even though my Japan trip was cancelled (planned to use on Conrad Tokyo). Now I have booked WA Amsterdam instead and I’ll be Diamond when I stay.

  • Steve says:

    How does the 5 for 4 offer work for longer stays? I.e. to book a 7 night stay can I make one booking and get the 1 free night, or do I need to make a 5 for 4 booking to trigger the offer and then add a separate 2 day booking to make up the 7 days?

    • Anna says:

      If you book 7 nights the Hilton website will deduct one from the rate, if you book 14 nights it will deduct 2, etc. Don’t forget 5 for 4 only applies to standard rooms, though.

    • BJ says:

      You will trigger the offer if you stay more than 5 nights. However, in this case if you are travelling with partner I recommend you do 5 nights for you and 2 for partner to maximise bonuses.

    • Steve says:

      Perfect, thanks both!

  • Mike says:

    Anyone looking to gift the TAP status match? Can give a token sum for it!

    • Doug M says:

      No idea if it really works anyway, but the status match offer makes clear the gifted gold is not part of what’s offered.

  • Louise K says:

    How much are the Hilton Points?

    Struggling to buy them due to privacy settings and cookies!

    • BJ says:

      Normally $10/1000 so $5/1000 in 100% sales, bur often subject to minimum purchase to get the bonus.

  • southlondonphil says:

    Minimum purchase to earn the Hilton 100% bonus is actually 10,000 points this time around rather than 15k, so even more useful for anyone only looking to do a ‘tiny top-up’.

  • Al Nicol says:

    My Hilton account is a maximum of 80k points, and 100% bonus on anything over 5000. Do different accounts have different offers?

    • Steve says:

      Same, max is 80k + 80k bonus for $800 for me too?

      • Littlefish says:

        I see 160k + 160k bonus for $1,600. Entry point from 15k for the bonus. Ends 11 May.

        • Kieran says:

          I calculate this (160K points + 160K points free for $1600/£1152) at about 0.36p/ point which seems like a good deal… I have about 800K points (stay earned) but I’m still considering buying the max because it looks good in the hope that I can redeem a chunk later this year before there is a devaluation…

    • Sarah says:

      Same for me

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Rob, would you recommend the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah? Double bed rooms cheaper there, but not many activities for kids I guess?

    • Rob says:

      The Palm one? It’s not open yet.

    • Blair says:

      The one on Jumeirah Beach Walk? There’s 2 of them. One on the beach itself, one across ‘The Walk’ from the beachside one. Personally, both feel quite Benidorm in 1990. Tightly packed sunbeds, relatively small beach footprint, and quite a drinks-heavy crowd in the relatively downmarket lobby. The beach one has refurbished its rooms recently I believe. But I still wouldn’t stay there considering the other options on offer. If sticking with Hilton, there’s a Doubletree further along Jumeirah Beach Walk about 5 mins. That’s somewhat better.

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    What card are people using to buy points? Amex gold or Curve?

    • Steve says:

      Amex would hit you with FX costs, so you lose some of the benefit? Unless you have a sign up bonus target to hit.

    • Gavin says:

      I used curve to buy IHG points but was hit with a fee because my transaction was higher than the monthly free foreign f/x limit. Should have used my Halifax clarity instead.

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