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.

Bits: fuel surcharges returning to Hong Kong flights, see ATP tennis with Emirates miles or Amex points

News in brief: Fuel surcharges returning to one-way Avios redemptions from Hong Kong Since February 2016, airlines have not been able to add fuel surcharges on flights departing from Hong Kong when the journey originates there. This has led to substantial tax savings if you […]

Bits: BA expands connection car transfers, €1546 Emirates A380 to Bangkok (or BA €1451), more on Auckland

News in brief: British Airways extends car transfers for late connections British Airways has announced an extension of its chauffeur driven executive car connection service at Heathrow. Passengers travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe, plus British Airways Gold and Silver Executive Club members […]

20 Arsenal games now bookable with Emirates miles or Amex points – from just 5000 miles!

Slightly later than usual, Emirates Skywards loaded the full 2018/9 schedule of Arsenal FC tickets onto its website on Wednesday morning. You can redeem via the Skywards website here. (They also have tickets for AC Milan, SL Benfica, Real Madrid, Hamburger and Paris Saint-Germain, but […]

50% bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers to Emirates Skywards – sign-up promo worth 4,500 miles

Heathrow Rewards, the loyalty scheme for shopping at Heathrow, has launched a 50% bonus on transfers to Emirates Skywards. The offer is clearly flagged on the Heathrow Rewards site when you log in.  This offer ONLY applies to Emirates Skywards and does not apply to: […]

Which airlines let you transfer miles INTO hotel loyalty programmes?

Almost all hotel loyalty programmes let you transfer you points into certain frequent flyer schemes.  What is far rarer is for a frequent flyer scheme to let you transfer your points INTO a hotel programme. This didn’t used to be the case.  If you go […]

Bits: join Virgin’s pub quiz [or not], up to 6000 Emirates miles with a Sixt car rental, £30 Radisson cashback via Amex

News in brief: Win free flights in Virgin’s pub quiz tonight! [or not] [EDIT 8am: apparently the quiz tonight is for pre-invited groups so you should not turn up purely for that] On Friday we covered the opening of Virgin Atlantic’s pop-up pub, “The Joint […]

How to cash out your Amex MR points or Emirates miles for 1p each this week

(EDIT: Whilst I mention a few risk factors in this article, it seems I was being overcautious.  Based on comments below, eg “Just did this having not even created an Emirates account before. MR to Emirates, Emirates to Heathrow and Heathrow to redeemed shopping vouchers […]

NEW: 50% bonus on Emirates Skywards conversions to Heathrow Rewards – worth it?

Heathrow Rewards is launching an interesting promotion – a 50% bonus when you convert your Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards points. This deal launches today and runs until 31st July.  If it isn’t already showing on their website, check back later. Emirates Skywards joined Heathrow Rewards […]

2,000+ 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 […]

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

MBNA wrote to holders of the Emirates Skywards and Emirates Skywards Elite UK credit cards on Monday to tell them that they are closing on 21st July. (They also wrote to United cardholders yesterday with the same news, and I will look at the remaining […]

Bits: Queens Club tennis with Emirates, access some Lufthansa lounges with Amex Platinum, Carlisle Airport delayed

News in brief: See Queen’s Club tennis with Emirates Skywards Emirates Skywards is offering tickets for the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London.  This is the traditional mens event which runs immediately before Wimbledon. It runs from Monday 18th June.  Standard tickets are priced from […]

My review of MBNA’s Horizon Visa credit card – possibly the UK’s best credit card to use when travelling

This is my review of MBNA’s new Horizon Visa credit card. Yesterday I wrote about how MBNA has pulled the plug on the UK Etihad Guest credit card from 27th July.  This is also now confirmed as the final date for the MBNA American Airlines […]

How to get a 35% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro since the Brexit vote has been to destroy much – but not all – of the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International […]

Bits: Emirates revamps its family accounts, free Happy Socks for Virgin passengers, Opodo flight discount codes

News in brief: Emirates launches a new style of family account Most people don’t realise that the British Airways style of family or household account is actually very rare.  Few other airlines let you pool 100% of the miles earned by your wider friends and […]

REMINDER: Get 3,000 Avios or other miles with the Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

Just in case you are flying out of Heathrow tonight for the Bank Holiday, I thought it was worth a reminder that Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has a sign-up bonus at the moment worth 3,000 points. 3,000 points […]

How to earn SPG or Marriott points when you fly Delta, Emirates and China Eastern

One thing that is going to be lost when the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest completes is the ability to earn Starwood Preferred Guest hotel points when you fly three airlines. This is an underappreciated benefit of Starwood Preferred Guest.  Unfortunately, as […]

Bits: first UK Radisson RED opens in Glasgow, Emirates to launch Edinburgh, Allen & Jain

News in brief: First UK Radisson RED opens in Glasgow Radisson RED has opened its first UK hotel in Glasgow.  This new brand is located in Glasgow’s West End close to music venues, The Hydro and the city centre. This is only the second Radisson RED […]