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Arsenal football tickets bookable again with Emirates Skywards miles or Amex points

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In a further sign of a return to normality, Emirates has released Arsenal football tickets for Emirates Skywards members who have miles to redeem.  You can also use American Express Membership Rewards points via a transfer.

The timing of this is terrible, of course, given that the calamity last night means that Arsenal will have no European football next season and disillusionment with the team will only grow.  Will there be a repeat of the scenes at Manchester United last weekend?

Here’s the good news.  Tickets, both standard and in the Emirates Box, are available for the Brighton game on Sunday 23rd May.  The kick-off is 4pm.

More Arsenal tickets now available for Emirates Skywards miles

Here’s the bad news.  Pricing for the Emirates Box has gone crazy.  I have no idea what the team at Emirates has been smoking.

Take a look at this:

Whoa …. 125,000 miles for the Emirates Box?

This is bonkers beyond belief.

When Emirates first started offering seats in the Emirates Box, they cost 15,000 to 30,000 miles each depending on the quality of the opposition.

The Emirates 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.  I tend to take the cheapest games, because my son would prefer to see Arsenal hit four past a weak team than watch them draw 0-0 against Manchester United.

The pricing has crept up in recent years and I have used 40,000 miles per seat for the last few I have attended.  This is still not cheap (80,000 miles for me and my son, which I got by transferring 80,000 American Express Membership Rewards points) but was worth it as a treat once or twice per season.

But 125,000 miles for one seat?  Against Brighton?  You only need 90,000 miles for a Business Class return flight to Dubai.

I initially thought that the box was operating at reduced capacity for distancing reasons and so Emirates had hiked up the cost in response.  This isn’t the case.  If you click through to book, you see that all 24 seats in the box are being sold.

Are there really 24 people willing to use 125,000 Emirates miles to watch Brighton in a dead rubber game in an 80% empty stadium?

7,500 miles for standard admission IS great value

The smart money will use 7,500 miles for a standard ticket.

Only 10,000 seats are being sold for this game.  The vast majority of Arsenal season ticket holders won’t be able to get in.  You can get in for a handful of Membership Rewards points.

How to book

Full details and booking is available on this page of the Emirates website (log in required).

You cannot get a refund if the time or date of the game is changed and you can no longer attend.

Tickets cannot be transferred.  The person who is named on the Emirates Skywards account MUST attend.  It is difficult to get around this because you need to collect your tickets on the day from the Arsenal offices and ID is required.

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.

Note that you are restricted to FOUR tickets per game per Skywards account.

Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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 cardsThese are:

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 (29)

  • Kevin C says:

    In 2018 I paid 10,500 per ticket for the Emirates box to see the gunners play the mighty FC Vorskla Poltava.

  • mutley says:

    Rob, just buy a bog standard season ticket for yourself and son, cheaper than all those miles and dare I say it a more genuine supporter experience.

    • Rob says:

      He’ll have left home before the waiting list clears ….

      The ‘genuine’ racist- and expletive- filled supporter experience is not one I am keen for him to experience, to be honest.

      • Benilyn says:

        Kids / family section isn’t too bad

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Agree, I was once invited to Arsenal V.I.P section after lunch & drinks and the crowd in that section were a tad rowdy. 😎

      • Doug M says:

        I have a season ticket with the righteous and only genuine North London team, expletive maybe, but no racism.

      • George1976 says:

        Nonsense. As someone who isn’t white, I can confirm you’ll hear almost zero racism (there’s probably more chance somewhere else) in a premier league ground.

  • Alan S says:

    I can’t see how they can fit 24 people in that box safely, unless everyone does an LFT on the way in and masks are worn etc?

    • Rob says:

      It doesn’t work, because you are sharing tables to eat. Fine from 21st June but not on 23rd May. Perhaps you are sent straight out to your seat and they bring plates of food to you? Problem is you can’t drink then because you are not allowed to drink if other fans can see you drinking.

  • Zed says:

    Ridiculous pricing. Have been in the Emirates Box, it’s been 15k miles, I’ve seen as low as 10k miles. But 125k? For Brighton? Without distancing? No thx, tv is fine for me and I’ll use the miles for business upgrades instead.

  • Phil says:

    Still not working and showing technical error.
    I suspect they are not available.
    Has anyone actually managed to get any general admission tickets ?

  • ThinkSquare says:

    Why when I click the comments link about flights to Faro is everyone talking about football?

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