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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 back in April.

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 needs to be used quickly.

redeem emirates skywards miles on easyjet

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 ….


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.

The easyJet link on the Emirates website was sending me to the incorrect booking page yesterday.  The link you need is

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

  • £36.99 or 12,939 miles
  • £22.99 or 8,821 miles
  • £133.99 or 42,056 miles

In these examples you are getting 0.29p, 0.26p and 0.32p per mile respectively.  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 need more miles.

The only rules to note are:

  • there is a minimum redemption of 8,000 miles (around £25 of flight value)
  • apart from a 24 hour cooling off period, you cannot cancel your booking

easyJet flights are 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 Emirates miles in the first place.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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:

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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 (8)

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  • Charlie says:

    Notwithstanding the poor use of miles, your comparison of Emirates F vs EasyJet is no different to BA F (albeit worse) vs BA Eurotraveller. Except at least on EasyJet you can buy food on board without the pre-ordering nonsense.

    I do think the slightly snide comments about EasyJet are unfair, particularly when you laud the BA product which – absent BAEC status – is no better, and in many cases worse.

  • Farid says:

    although I agree with Easyjet comparable with BA economy ( I prefer Easyjet because there is no expectation!) actually, the cash price of BA economy when you add all their taxes and charge is higher than Easyjet and for short haul in Europe you can get a miles redemption for 7,500miles. Overall,from redemption view point, better than Emirates redemption on EZY.

  • mikestokesdxb says:

    Used the few Skywards miles that I had left on Easyjet on LGW to Paphos in 2019. Allowed for a piece of luggage in the hold FOC and seat selection. So no worse than an standard economy airline. Although no complimentary catering it was a proficient, pleasant flight with a great crew. Would prefer to use the the miles in this way rather than waste them or transfer them at stupid cost to EK !!

  • Nick says:

    A return business class flight between the UK and NZ bought me 4 easyJet reward flights days before the points expired (no chance I was going to use them for anything else, or earn any more). Might not have been the best value, but was the best I was going to do with them and I was delighted. Apart from having to go to STN for one of them!

  • HBommie says:

    From the current easyJet Protection promise –

    “Make fee free online changes to your booking up to 28 days before departure.”

    Does this not apply to Skyward bookings on easyJet?

    • Rob says:

      I was just quoting the T&C from the special booking website, and I get a feeling Emirates will quote the same back to you if you try to cancel.

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