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Emirates and the value of premium economy airline seating

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An excellent article about the history and future of premium economy cabins appeared on AirlineRatings last week. It is called “Premium Economy bungle has cost airlines billions” and you can read it here.

I don’t often recommend external content but I thought this was worth sharing. If you are interested in the business aspects of airlines it is especially valuable. For most airlines, premium economy is now the most profitable part of the plane in terms of $ per square foot of floor space.

Emirates premium economy cabin

The article is based around comments Emirates CEO Tim Clark made at a conference recently where he said that he had been stunned by the success of premium economy, both in terms of demand and what they are able to charge.

Emirates only launched the cabin last month. Here is the seat, and above:

Emirates premium economy seat

Emirates was very late to the game here. AirlineRatings estimates that if 5% of Emirates passengers had upgraded over the past 10 years, it would have generated an extra $35 BILLION in revenue …..

What about passengers? We take a look at whether premium economy is good value for money in our article here.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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:

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.

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