Emirates and Emirates Skywards

Skywards is the loyalty scheme for Emirates Airline. The articles below outline the best ways of earning and spending your points if you are based in the UK.  For further information on Emirates and Skywards, visit their website here.

2,500+ Heathrow Rewards points with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking (converts to Avios and more)

Heathrow Rewards, the Heathrow Airport shopping loyalty scheme, has an interesting partnership with hotel booking site Rocketmiles. What is Rocketmiles? Rocketmiles – if you are not familiar with it – is a similar website to PointsHound, Agoda and Kaligo.com.  You can earn airline miles and […]

Hilton adds nine new airline partners, drops 11 and improves the transfer rate on two!

Tomorrow, 2nd April, sees a number of big changes at Hilton Honors, primarily the scrapping of ‘points and miles’.   I will recap the key issues on Monday. That is not new news.  What is new news is that Hilton is also making big changes to its […]

Bits: has Starwood given up its suite at the O2?, new Amex cashback deals inc Emirates and Avis

News in brief: Has Starwood Preferred Guest given up its O2 suite? Regular readers will know that there have been some great points opportunities over the past three years to see top musical acts at the O2 Arena in London via SPG Moments. Starwood Preferred […]

EXCLUSIVE: New Heathrow Rewards Avios and airline transfer bonus and new ‘Premium’ benefits

Heathrow Rewards is launching a revamp of its ‘Premium’ tier today.  To promote it they are launching a transfer bonus to Avios and most of their other airline partners. Let’s start with the airline transfer bonus.  You will see that you get a higher bonus […]

Bits: Is the new BA Club World seat the old Emirates seat?, South African Airways sale

News in brief: Is the new Club World seat the old Emirates seat? 2019 is now approaching, and with it the arrival of the first British Airways A350 which will feature the new Club World seat. Whilst BA has filed a number of patents showing […]

‘Couldn’t make it up’ #1: Emirates launches Stansted with its amazing new First Class suite

Emirates announced yesterday that it will begin services from London Stansted to Dubai on 8th July.  This will be the 10th daily Emirates flight from London to Dubai, with the airline already operating from Heathrow and Gatwick. The real stunner is that Emirates is allocating […]

Bits: 50% off mytaxi this weekend, 1903 Lounge in Manchester partners with SkyTeam, Avis / Emirates deal

News in brief: 50% off mytaxi in London this weekend mytaxi – the rebranded Hailo app – has been running a ‘weekend only’ promotion over the last couple of weeks giving customers 50% off their rides. This promotion has been extended to 3rd December which […]

See the amazing new Emirates First Class Suite ….. which you are very unlikely to fly

Emirates launched its new First Class product at the Dubai Airshow this weekend.  The airline is clearly unhappy with Etihad leading the way in First Class uber-comfort and has decided to come out fighting. The product looks fantastic, let’s not beat around the bush.  Whilst […]

What is the best replacement for the UK Emirates Skywards credit card?

Last week I ran this article suggesting that you should act immediately if you wanted to apply for any of the MBNA airline credit cards. It was good advice. MBNA closed the Emirates Skywards credit card in the UK yesterday. It also closed all of […]

ALL MBNA airline credit cards withdrawn – what are your alternatives?

Last week I ran this article suggesting that you should act immediately if you wanted to apply for any of the MBNA airline credit cards. It was good advice. All eight MBNA airline credit cards were pulled on Monday evening.  Slightly surprisingly, this included the […]

Is this week your last chance to get the MBNA airline credit cards?

The end appears to be coming sooner rather than later for the MBNA-issued airline credit cards which come as an American Express plus Visa or MasterCard double pack. If you had been thinking about applying for any of these cards, I suggest you do it […]

Heathrow Rewards mega-bonus on electronics, watches and jewellery is back!

There is good news for Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest and Lufthansa Miles & More members! Tomorrow, 1st November, Heathrow Rewards is launching its annual mega-bonus promotion on electronics, watches and jewellery, keen to tap into the Christmas rush. Worth noting is that World […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (8): Emirates Skywards Elite American Express & Visa

This is my review of the Emirates Skywards Elite credit cards. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for. These articles will be linked to the relevant […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (7): Emirates Skywards American Express & Visa

This is my review of the Emirates Skywards UK credit cards. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for. These articles will be linked to the relevant […]

New EU261 ruling on connections means you could be due compensation

The rules around EU261 / EC261 compensation for delayed, cancelled or downgraded flights continue to evolve as case law sets new precedents on what is and is not included. The Court of Appeal has now issued a binding judgement – subject to any final appeal […]

HMRC to stop accepting credit cards on 13th January – no more cheap miles

HMRC has announced that it will no longer accept personal credit cards for income tax, PAYE, VAT or any other payments after 13th January 2018. You can see the announcement on this page of the HMRC website. This is clearly a blow for those people, […]