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Air Canada and Emirates to create a frequent flyer partnership

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Air Canada and Emirates have announced their intention to create a new partnership.

Launching in late 2022, the codeshare deal will allow passengers to book flights with Emirates to destinations across Canada via Toronto, and Air Canada customers to book connecting flights onwards from Dubai, all on one ticket.

Air Canada and Emirates partnership

Part of the deal will include launching “reciprocal frequent flyer benefits”. Further details of what this means will not be announced until all regulatory approvals have been agreed.

In theory, however, it could allow for Air Canada Aeroplan to offer redemptions on Emirates and, perhaps more relevant for UK readers, Emirates Skywards members to redeem on Air Canada.

We’ll return to this topic later in the year when full details are available.

Our full guide to earning Air Canada Aeroplan miles from UK credit cards is here.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

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

Comments (26)

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  • KevinD says:

    To avail of the United £300 back offer, is it possible to book via UA website, but fly a shorter European trip on a United Airlines codeshare flight?

    • G says:

      If it’s sold by United on an United codeshare; I don’t see why not.

    • G says:

      Unless of course the T&Cs state the flight must be sold and operated by United

      • Nick says:

        United don’t sell standalone flights from the UK to European destinations. In any case flight details are passed to credit card companies so they can validate your itinerary to match T&C.

        • Kevin D says:

          Thanks Nick. You are right.
          I’ve just had a play around on ITA Matrix and it seems you can get LHR-JFK (via Geneva) at the end of summer/fall for £574. Less the £300 saving means £274 to get across the pond and back in economy. Although it says “operated by Swiss” but I assume if one books via the United Airways website and leaves from UK it will still be ok. Maybe not?

  • Graham says:

    I took advantage of the AmEx United offer soon after it was announced (Denver on their Dreamliner in basic economy) and received the £250.00 credit two days after booking, which I thought was pretty quick.

  • Baji Nahid says:

    Anyone spot any good deals with the united offer, I have been looking and nothing really has sprung to mind as of yet.

    • PL says:

      They had some good deals LHR-Montreal for Autumn in economy when I checked a few weeks ago

      • BajiNahid says:

        Thanks PL i will have a look, I was looking at going to Key West and they’ve some good prices on atm with economy fares too.

    • John T says:

      Direct return flights to all United hubs from London in September in economy is under £700 so would work with this offer.

  • r* says:

    Guessing the united offer isnt on all cards? Doesnt seem to be on any of mine.

    • Rob says:

      It was limited to 10,000 registrations so it is likely they could have all gone a few weeks ago when we originally wrote about it. HfP could use up 10,000 registrations just for our readership for a strong offer.

  • Sidlet says:

    I used the United offer on an internal “1st class” flight in the US last month.. it tracked and AMEX refunded the £250 fairly promptly. I booked directly on the United website.

  • Ash says:

    Very keen to use to United offer. Unfortunately not on any of my cards. Hope all 10k users utilise this deal.
    On a related noted, would the Paypal offer stack up?

  • Chris says:

    The changes to Amex Gold rewards card offering 4 free lounge pass instead of 2 (and 2nd year fees up from £140 to £160.

    Do we know if extra lounge passes are added to the card during the first year (i.e. i took out a card in April, I’m yet to use the passes so have 2, does this mean I have 4 to use before renewal next April?

    • Rob says:

      I fully expect the extra two to be added in October, yes, although I admit the press release isn’t clear.

  • Richard says:

    Anyone else getting a timeout error message trying to book at Happens on desktop and mobile. I get…

    We’re sorry, but was unable to complete your request. Please try later or contact Support in the U.S. and Canada at 1-800-825-2296; the U.K., phone 0800 028 5003; elsewhere use the local phone number

    • Richard says:

      Ah, turns out their search engine doesn’t like NYC as a destination. Choosing New York/Newark from the results list gets me fares coming up.

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