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Is it worth converting Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards points?

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Emirates Skywards has been a Heathrow Rewards transfer partner for many years.

The transfer rate is the same as for Heathrow’s other airline partners.  250 Heathrow Rewards points gets you 250 Emirates Skywards miles.

What is surprising is that you can also transfer Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards. This is novel, with only Lufthansa Miles & More offering anything similar. The details are here on the Emirates website.

Is it worth converting Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards points?

How do transfers of Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards work?

Here are the rules:

  • Emirates Skywards miles must be converted in blocks of 6,000 miles
  • The conversion rate is 3:1 so 6,000 miles gets you 2,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • The maximum conversion per transaction is 54,000 Emirates Skywards miles

As 2,000 Heathrow Rewards points gets you a £20 airport shopping voucher, you are getting 0.33p per mile.

As you get double value if you redeem Heathrow Rewards points for airport parking vouchers, you would be getting 0.66p per Skywards mile if you redeemed this way.

This is what you must remember:

You CANNOT convert Heathrow Rewards points gained via Emirates into airline miles. This is NOT a backdoor way of converting Emirates Skywards miles into Avios, Virgin Points or any other Heathrow Rewards airline partner.

Is it worth converting Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards points?

How does it work in practice?

Just before Christmas I tried this out. A friend had 9,000 expiring Emirates Skywards miles and no easy way of using them, so a transfer into £20 of Heathrow Rewards credit seemed the best worst option for him.

My first surprise was that the transfer from Emirates Skywards was INSTANT.  I set up the transfer for him, logged into a newly created Heathrow Rewards account and the 2,000 points were there, plus the 100 points opening bonus:

Emirates Skywards points to Heathrow Rewards

I went over to the Avios conversion page.  I got this message:

Emirates Skywards miles to Heathrow Rewards points

…. which confirms that, despite have 2,100 Heathrow Rewards points, he didn’t have the minmum 250 of ‘qualifying’ points required to transfer them to Avios, which was true.

The points are now sitting there waiting for him to redeem them on his next trip to the airport.

Conclusion

This IS an easy way of using up some spare Emirates Skywards miles (minimum 6,000) if they are about to expire.

It is NOT an excellent way of getting good value for your Skywards miles in any other circumstances. 0.33p per point is very poor. I would expect to get 1p+ when redeeming for premium cabin flights on Emirates or one of its partners.

There are also other ways of using up small amounts of Emirates Skywards miles – Arsenal football tickets and redeeming for easyJet flights.

You CANNOT use this as a method of converting Skywards miles into Avios by laundering them through Heathrow Rewards – the IT works and those redemptions are blocked off.

Find out more on the Emirates website here.


How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (May 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 (9)

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  • Mark says:

    I have converted small amounts of skyward miles into Heathrow rewards points, which I then use to pay for parking at Heathrow. You get £10 of parking vouchers per 500 Heathrow points. Still not amazing value but your 2000 Heathrow points equated to £40 off parking (.66p) this helped me spend my orphan 6000 a skyward points that were about to expire.

  • Janet Barron says:

    I have 150.000 Emirates miles expiring and although i fly with them frequently they do expire after 3 years. So i have no choice but to use them for Heathrow Rewards. I also am unable to use my Avios to upgrade a flight to Istanbul because it was booked through a travel agent and therefore BA will not allow me to use the avios to upgrade! They really try to make things difficult to use them

  • flyforfun says:

    I think you need to do a whole section on small balance reward options like this Rob. I always sign up to a new scheme if I can’t claim miles on a partner where I have a better balance. I try to book within an existing alliance, but often I can’t and I don’t know when or if I’ll ever fly them again. Emirates is one. I have a flight with them later this year, but unlikely to fly them again in the time before these points expire, so may as well get some benefit from them.

  • Simon says:

    Even with more than 6000 it can be handy to use – although the conversion rate is low – Emirates offer a rate to keep your Sky Rewards for another year but the cost to stop them expiring for a year in my case was around $350 for just under 30000 about to expire (eg expensive). So as I was not travelling on Emirates in the next year (most likely) I went for it and got the £ 100 of vouchers – not the best deal as stated in the article in terms of 3:1 ratio but better than expiring. You can opt to donate to Charity on Emirates as another option – that option is a there on the Emirates site – a little difficult to spot but worth reviewing as another way to ‘spend pre expiry’.

  • Alex W says:

    “small amounts” for Arsenal tickets – I wish! Minimum 40,000 miles now for a pair of tickets…

  • tony says:

    I don’t know if you’ve covered this but when you fly Emirates you can also get a slug of Marriott Bonvoy points. In my opinion (and this rticle probably reinforces it) for the occasional traveller, the Bonvoy points are more valuable than the Skywards miles. I got just over 9k Bonvoy on a return ticket LHR-DXB in J (as well as 7.5k Skywards miles)

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    An article on Emirates without the usual air stewardesses photo? Shocking from Hfp.

  • Raymond says:

    I’ve just spent my miles on clothes at the Emirates store https://www.emirates.store/ $25 shipping no matter what you order but its worth checking out.

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