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NEW: Use small expiring amounts of Emirates Skywards miles for gift cards

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Emirates Skywards is one of those frequent flyer programmes which has a ‘no mercy’ policy on miles expiry.

You need to use your miles within three years of earning them or they will expire. This often means that people who only earn small quantities find themselves with an upcoming expiry date but not enough miles for a long haul Emirates flight.

There are some ways of cashing out small amounts of Emirates miles:

use Emirates Skywards miles for gift cards

None of these are ideal, especially if your balance is small.

use small expiring amounts of Emirates Skywards miles for gift cards

Redeem Emirates Skywards miles for gift cards

Helpfully, Emirates has just launched a new redemption option.

Via the Emirates Skywards Miles Mall, you can now redeem your miles for digital gift cards for UK retailers.

The rate is not great but, at the same time, it isn’t terrible either. It is a better return than the existing deal of using 6,000 miles for £20 of Heathrow shopping credit. You also only need just 2,000 miles to take part.

Different retailers have different redemption rates so you need to trade off convenience vs value:

  • Tesco, for example, has a weak redemption rate. 2,000 miles only gets you £6.55 of e-gift card.
  • Caffe Nero, on the other hand, gets you £7.86 of e-gift card for 2,000 Skywards miles

If you redeem for one of the retailers offering £7.86 per 2,000 miles then you are getting almost 0.4p per mile. Whilst not amazing, it is certainly better than watching them expire.

You can check out the options over at the Miles Mall here.

We published a complete guide to earning Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards which you can find 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 (22)

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  • Tom says:

    Great post. It seems I can get £50 of Deliveroo credit out of the miles from one work trip. Never going to use them for an economy redemption.

  • Bob says:

    A very timely post! I was puzzling over what to do with a small amount of skywards miles just last week. Very helpful.

  • Bob says:

    From a ‘value’ perspective worth noting that the lower £/mile shopping vouchers may be better for readers if that is something they will definitely spend money on anyway. In some ways better than getting £7.86 / 2,000 for a Cafe Nero that you don’t reeally want / wouldn’t normally buy. Equally nothing wrong with a nice treat – it’s a smaller scale version of the classic “is redeeming business class good value if you wouldn’t pay for it” dilemma.

  • Charlie Wood says:

    Just like to point out that it is not possible to buy gift cards from a Skywards family account and that they cannot be transferred back to an individual account so they can be used. therefore they are effectively lost for this purpose.

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