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Arsenal tickets bookable with Emirates or Amex points – but no VIP packages

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Emirates has released another batch of Arsenal football tickets for Emirates Skywards members who have miles to redeem.  You can also use American Express Membership Rewards points via a transfer.

Oddly, only standard tickets have been released. There is nothing in the Emirates VIP box.

That said, given the ludicrous pricing which Emirates has been asking in recent months for the box – which appeared to leave most seats unsold – this isn’t necessarily surprising.

Use Emirates Skywards miles for Arsenal football tickets

10,000 miles for standard admission is good value

Here are the five games for which standard admission tickets are currently available:

  • 1st January – Manchester City – 12,000 miles per ticket
  • 22nd January – Burnley – 10,000 miles per ticket
  • 19th February – Brentford – 10,000 miles per ticket
  • 26th February – Liverpool – 12,000 miles per ticket
  • 12th March – Leicester City – 10,000 miles per ticket

I know someone who went to a game recently on a standard ticket. Whilst he initially thought the location in the ground wasn’t great, he admitted to me afterwards that it was actually an impressive spot.

How to book

Full details and booking is available on this page of the Emirates website.

You cannot get a refund if the time or date of the game is changed and you can no longer attend. However, covid issues aside, the TV schedules are normally fixed two months in advance. According to the comments below, the Liverpool game clashes with the League Cup final and so could be moved.

Tickets cannot be transferred, in theory.  However, whilst I haven’t been this season, I am told that you are now sent an e-ticket instead of collecting your ticket from the Arsenal offices in person. This should make it easier to let someone else attend using your miles. The website does not mention e-ticketing so don’t redeem if you are not prepared to go yourself. The worse case scenario is that you collect the tickets from the Arsenal offices using photo ID and then hand them to your guests outside.

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. The transfer ratio is 1:1.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (December 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 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can 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 (10)

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  • Geoff 1977 says:

    “ the TV schedules are normally fixed three months in advance so I suspect the dates above will be firm.”

    Wrong. Only games up to mid Feb currently have confirmed dates and times (which is normal and not due to covid or a delayed announcement)

  • Manya says:

    Also, as teams progress further in the cup competitions the premier league fixtures will also be subject to change.

  • Ken says:

    Be warned, the chances of Arsenal playing Liverpool at 3pm Saturday 26th Feb are slim.

    Decent chance it won’t even be played that weekend and need to be rearranged to a midweek date sometime later.

    • Geoff 1977 says:

      The league cup final is on that weekend and both teams are in the quarter finals. If one gets to the final (decent chance) then it’s rearranged. Definitely not a “firm” date as stated

  • Arun says:

    Worth adding a cash equivalent to some of these ticket prices. You can buy a ticket to the Burnley game for around £30-40 from the box office if it goes to general sale (or ahead of that with a £30 annual membership).

    I don’t know what the value of skyward miles is but does not seem great value tbh for a general seat.

    • Ken says:

      It’s terrible value for any of the 3rd rate fixtures.
      Will definitely go on general sale.
      As you say, you can get a membership for £30 which will guarantee tickets to most matches.

    • Rob says:

      Value of 10,000 is very little – £20 of Heathrow shopping vouchers or some easyJet credit.

  • The Streets says:

    12,000 for Liverpool and Man City is really good value with tickets retailing at £70+

  • Fazzy Bear says:

    Wait – why would VIP tickets not sold in the past be a reason for them not being on sale now?

    Surely they could reduce the price to meet demand.

    • Rob says:

      I’m sure they will be back.

      I was chatting to an Emirates loyalty boss at Loyalty Summit. The reason the pricing went to 100k+ was that some junior staff member was asked to set a price and they took the actual cost to Emirates of each seat and divided it by their internal mileage cost. Hence a crackpot number.

      Reducing to 60k was an attempt to bring it back in line, but obviously it is still far too much. You can tell the seats were not selling because the site shows how many are left.

      Personally I thought even 40k was toppy BUT as a treat for my son once or twice a year, via an Amex transfer, we would stretch to it. Realistically it should be even lower though.

      Clearly Emirates cannot leave the box the empty, and neither can they fill it every match with genuine corporate contacts because they don’t have that many (there are no UK staff except corporate sales people), so I’m sure it will return.

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