How to Earn More Emirates Skywards Miles

Learn how you can be earning more Skywards Miles rewards points

The Skywards Miles frequent flyer points program from Emirates Airlines is a little more complex than most such programs. Even though it takes a little more work to figure out and use, Skywards Miles can actually be very rewarding.

How does it work?

Members of the program have access to some great opportunities available to them including the use of personal travel coordinators and special offers. One of the highlight features available to Skywards Miles members is waiting list priority.

This means that Skywards members get placed on priority waiting list for available seats on flights. That's a privilege offered by few other airlines. Not surprisingly it pays to know how to earn Skywards Miles. Those who learn how to accumulate more Skywards Miles have access to some of the better opportunities in frequent flyer points today.

Earning Skywards Miles on Emirate Airlines

A Skywards card holder will be able to earn Skyward Miles whenever he or she flies on Emirates Airlines.

The most efficient way to earn Skywards Miles is purchase Skywards Flex tickets on Emirates Airlines. Skywards Flex tickets are a little more expensive but they do pay off for miles card holders.

Those who buy Flex tickets earn 100% of the Miles offered on that particular flight. Those who buy Skywards Savers tickets will save some money on the flight, but they only earn 50% of the miles.

Another great way to earn Skywards Miles is to fly first class when you fly on Emirates Airlines. Those who fly first class can earn 150% of the bonus miles. Flying business class on Emirates can also help a person earn miles. Those who fly business class will earn 75% of the Skywards Miles.

Even if you can't fly on Emirates you can gain some Skywards Miles by flying on an Emirates partner company. Those who fly on Continental Airlines, Japan Airlines, South African Airways Korean Air, United Airlines will earn 1 Skywards mile for every mile flown on those lines if they use the Skywards card to purchase the tickets.

Earning Skywards Miles on the Ground

The really good thing about Skywards Miles is that you can earn them on the ground as well as in the air. You can earn up to 500 Skywards miles every time you stay at hotel linked to the Skywards program.

You can also earn one Skywards mile per US dollar spent at certain other hotels. A list of the hotels in this program is available at the Emirates website.

It is also possible to earn miles at some rental car companies. Dollar, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty all have different rewards available. You'll have to ask the rental car company for details of the offer.

You can even earn miles by applying for credit cards at certain banks including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Standard Commercial Bank and Citi. The rate of miles earned can be increased by applying for the Citi Emirates credit card.

Skywards Miles can also be accrued through Danat Dubai Cruises, Arabian Adventures, Emax and Language Direct. Details of these rewards are available at the Emirates Airlines website.

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    syedMay 4, 2017

    I want to apply skywards miles. Last month I have to travel India by EK. What shall I do now? How do I get the Skywards? thanks best regards

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      LiezlMay 4, 2017

      Hi Syed Ali,

      Thank you for your question.

      It’s still possible for your to claim miles for Emirates flights flown up to two months prior to registering with Emirates Skywards. You can read our comprehensive guide on Emirates Skywards Frequent Flyer Program and apply for this program for free on this page.

      I hope this has helped.

      Best regards,

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    LindellNovember 13, 2015

    Why does Emirates Citibank credit card have so many bad reviews? Are they correct in saying the service is bad and incorrect information is given??

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      JonathanNovember 16, 2015Staff

      Hi Lindell, thanks for your inquiry!

      Please note that finder.com.au is a comparison service and as a result we are unable to comment on user reviews for a given bank/ provider.



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    HassanJune 22, 2014

    Plz simply tell me how can I earn Easily skywards points…

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      June 23, 2014

      If i buy a fly emirates ticket from travel agency, How can use for earning points…

    • finder Customer Care
      ShirleyJune 24, 2014Staff

      Hi Hassan,

      Thanks for your question.

      On the Emirates website it states that you need to visit the “Miles Accelerator page to opt in for your flight; this must be done before the end of the month in which you buy your ticket and before you travel.”


    • finder Customer Care
      ShirleyJune 23, 2014Staff

      Hi Hassan,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can earn the most miles by flying with eligible Emirate flight classes, so this is probably the easiest way.


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    PatrickJune 30, 2012

    Ive recently applied for your card an was rejected because (I think) I am Australian and I earn US dollars overseas.Would some let me know if there is any way for me to join your program. I earn over $120,000 US a year, and have a good credit rating. It seem silly that I can not join. Thank you.

    • finder Customer Care
      JacobDecember 13, 2012Staff

      Hi Patrick. Your income is based on your Australian taxable income. You will have to apply for a card in the country you pay tax. Cheers.

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    MarieOctober 9, 2011

    what is the interest charged on balance transfer from an Westpac Earth card?

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