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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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  • blue_wolf says:

    Thanks for the tip on the United offer when it first came out – appeared on my Plat and player two’s supplementary Plat. Just used it to get flights to NYC for £615-£250=£365 each, with the return in premium economy.

  • Patrick says:

    My brother just booked a return for over £500 in one transaction, but the final payment page has invoiced as £470.60 (fare and tax) and 124USD (for seat choice). So far only the GBP has appeared as pending on the amex app, no sign of the USD charge yet.

    1. Does the min. £500 spend have to be in one transaction or can it be a cumulative spend before 15 July, as is how United have decided to bill it? He has spent over £500 at the U.K. United website as per the terms, but it’s billed weirdly, in 2 different currencies.

    2. I assume ancillary items in a reservation eg. seat choice spend still count towards the £500?

    3. Is it a problem that not all of the £500 is in GBP? It will be of course once Amex U.K. process the conversion from USD.

    4. When it says “billed” to the card by 15 July – is it sufficient to be pending before 15 July – or does the transaction have to be fully proceses against the account, which can take an extra day or so?


    • Tommy says:

      I had this same issue and questioned with Amex on chat and they stated it had to be all within one transaction to qualify. I queried this as the “Safe Key” authorisation came through as one amount but United chose to process as two transactions, I didn’t want to risk it so I since cancelled that booking and rebooked in a higher fare class to hit the £500 minimum spend. Although I am now having the issue that the transaction is still pending even though I did it 2 days ago- hoping it posts by tomorrow so I qualify for the credit.

      • Jay-Marc says:

        I’ve had this sort of problem once before with a shop that charged the delivery through separately even though there was only a single authorisation. Amex was not cooperative for me on that one.

      • Skywalker says:

        Did your transaction trigger the email? I had a similar issue with pending and no email received (different offer), however when I contacted Amex, they reassured me that it qualified because the spend was carried out by the deadline date.

  • C says:

    If I made a purchase today it would still qualify for the United airlines offer isn’t it?

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