Emirates Skywards Frequent Flyer Program

Discover how you can reward your spending and fly further with the Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program.

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Emirates Skywards is one of the world's largest Frequent Flyer programs with over 27 million members globally.

The program lets you earn and spend Skywards Miles with Emirates and its partners. The more miles you collect the higher you'll climb up the Skywards status tiers.

Forget redeeming your miles on just Emirates flights there are many more benefits including:

  • Flights with Emirates partners such as Qantas, Japan Airlines and more.
  • Upgrades to the next cabin class.
  • Accommodation, travel packages and care hire.

How do you become a Emirates Skywards member?

Anyone over the age of 2 is eligible to become an Emirates Skywards member for free. You can sign up at the Emirates website.

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How you can earn Emirates Skywards points


Flights with Emirates

You'll earn Skywards Miles every time you fly with Emirates. The number of Miles you'll earn is calculated based on your route, fare type, class and tier. For example, you can earn up to 175% bonus Miles when you fly in first or business class.

Let's say you're an Emirates Skywards Blue member and you're flying one way from Sydney to Dubai. You could earn between 1,350 and 9,000 Skywards Miles depending on the ticket you chose for economy. If you were flying in business class, this would increase to between 9,000 and 17,100 Miles, while flying first class would earn you 22,500 Miles.

You can use the miles calculator on the airline's website to see how rewarding your next Emirates flight will be.

Credit cards

In Australia, Citi is currently the only bank that offers a credit card that earns Emirates Skywards Miles directly, with the Emirates Citi World Mastercard.

However, you can also transfer reward points from a Citi Rewards credit card, an American Express credit card that earns Membership Rewards, or a Diners Club charge card that offers Diners Club Rewards.

The amount of Skywards Miles you'll get varies depending on the rewards program and your card. For example, you can transfer Membership Rewards from an American Express Platinum card at a 1:1 conversion rate, while the American Express Platinum Edge and Essential cards offer a lower, 4:3 conversion rate. If you have another Citi card that collects Citi Rewards, you can also exchange these points for Skywards Miles at a conversion rate of 3:1, while Diners Club offers point transfers at a rate of 2.5:1.

How to transfer credit card rewards points to frequent flyer points

Hotels and accommodation

If you're earning Emirates Skywards Miles on your flights, you may as well earn them on your accommodation costs too. You can earn Miles on over 400,000 hotels. If you book using an Emirates Skywards co-branded card you can earn 2,500 bonus Miles.

Earn up to 12,500 Miles per night.


Car rentals

If you're going on a road trip or need a rental car while yours is at the mechanic, you can also earn Skywards Miles with partnered rental companies.

Partnered serviceEarn rate per eligible rental
Avis, BudgetUp to 8 Miles per US$1 spent
CarTrawlerUp to 1 Mile per US$1 spent
Dollar Car Rental, EuropcarUp to 1,000 Miles per eligible rental
HertzEarn up to 3.5 Miles per US$1 spent
SixtUp to 2,000 Miles per eligible rental

Retail and lifestyle

You can also earn Skywards Miles on everyday costs with partnered retailers and services including the Emirates Official Store, Emirates Holidays, Cabforce, Damas, marhaba lounges and Heathrow Rewards. As many of these partners are based in and around Dubai, it might be worth visiting the Skywards website before you travel to see when and where you might be able to earn more Skywards Miles.

Credit cards that earn points that can be transferred to Emirates Skywards Miles

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Name Product Bonus points Rewards program Rewards points per $ spent Purchase rate p.a. Annual fee
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Membership Rewards
$0 for the first year ($195 thereafter)
Save with a $0 first-year annual fee, $200 yearly Travel Credit and up to 3 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent.
American Express Explorer Credit Card
Membership Rewards
Get 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, a $400 Travel Credit each year.
American Express Platinum Card
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
Up to 200,000 bonus points (150k when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months and 50k in year 2). Plus, a $450 Travel Credit each year.
American Express Business Explorer Credit Card
Membership Rewards Gateway
3.99% for 6 months, reverts to 19.99%
$0 for the first year ($149 thereafter)
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 120,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, $0 first-year annual fee.
American Express Business Card
Membership Rewards Ascent
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Up to 1.5 points/ $1 spent and extended cashflow with up to 51 days interest-free on business purchases.
American Express Platinum Business Card
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 400,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $12,000 in the first 3 months. Ends 18 May 2022.
American Express Gold Business Card
Membership Rewards Ascent
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points when you spend $1,000 within the first 2 months.
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
Membership Rewards
Receive $450 credit when you spend $1,500 outside David Jones within the first 3 months from card approval.
David Jones American Express Card
Membership Rewards
Receive $200 credit when you spend $1,500 outside David Jones within the first 3 months from card approval.
American Express Essential Credit Card
Membership Rewards Gateway
Get a $200 credit when you spend $1,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months. Plus, a $0 annual fee for life.

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How much are Emirates Skywards Miles worth?

The value of your Skywards Miles are dependent on what you're spending them on. Typically in frequent flyer programs your points have the most value when you spend them on flights.

How to calculate the value of rewards points


To give you an idea, here are some examples of what your Skywards Miles can get you based on items in the Emirates Official Store.

RewardPoints neededReward value in dollarsValue per 1,000 points
Emirates men's polo shirt5,556$25$4.49
Wireless charging Bluetooth speaker18,222$82$4.50
Bowers and Wilkins PX headphones60,022$270.10$4.50

How many Emirates Skywards Miles do I need for a free flight?

One of the most obvious ways to spend your Miles is on flights with Emirates, you can redeem Classic Reward flights starting from 15,000 miles (the cost may vary depending on class, destination and travel dates).

You can choose to redeem the flight fully with points or pay with a mix of points and cash (minimum of 2,000 Skywards Miles.

Technically you'll never get a flight truly for free as you always end up paying a small fee for things like airport taxes.

For example a one-way economy-class flight from Sydney to Dubai can be redeemed for 82,750 miles with $186 in applicable fees or taxes. The same flight costs $1,165. Now that we know how to calculate the value of a Skywards Mile we can see that the value per thousand points is $14.

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Can you use Emirates Skywards Miles to upgrade to business class?

Yes, you can use your Skywards Miles to upgrade from an economy class to business class fare.

The amount of Miles you'll need to spend to upgrade varies depending on the route you're flying. While your status affects how many Miles you earn, all status tiers have to spend the same amount to upgrade.

You can only upgrade to the next fare-class i.e. from Economy to Business or from Business to First Class. Upgrades are subject to availability so if you're looking to upgrade it's better to look sooner rather than later.

Can you buy extra Emirates Skywards Miles?

Yes, you can buy extra Skywards Miles. Purchasing extra MIles is useful when you just don't have enough Miles for the reward flight or upgrade that you want.

It costs US$30 per 1,000 Miles and you buy up to 100,000 (Blue and Silver status members) or 200,000 (Gold and Platinum status members) per calendar year.

Miles Cost

How do Emirates Skywards's Tier Miles and status tiers work?

When you first join the Executive Club, you're automatically enrolled in the Blue beginners tier. As you earn Tier Points when you fly with British Airways and its partners, you can ascend to Bronze, Silver and Gold for more exclusive frequent flyer perks. We've outlined what you need to do to reach a tier and the benefits you can expect below.

New members of the Skywards program start off at the Blue tier. Earn more Tier Miles and you'll make your way through the programs Silver and Gold levels all the way to Platinum. Here are the benefits of each status level and how you can reach them.

Note: Skywards Tier Miles are different from regular Miles and can't be redeemed for rewards. Once you reach a new tier you'll have access to benefits for 14 months. After that if you don't have enough flights taken or Tier Miles you'll move down a Tier.

Emirates Skywards Blue status logo

Blue Membership

Blue status members are just at the start of the Executive Club journey. As a Blue member you're entitled to:

  • Earn and spend Skywards Miles. Start earning points to redeem them for rewards like Flights.
  • Special member only-offers. Receive exclusive offers that won't be available to non-Skywards members.
  • Nominate a travel coordinator. Need a colleague or relative to look after your account? It's no problem.
  • Save personal preferences. That way each time you fly Emirates will aim to cater to your particular preferences like a window or aisle seat.
  • Waitlist priority. Guaranteed priority over non-Skywards members for seats on fully booked flights. The higher your status the higher your priority.
  • Buy instant upgrades with Miles. Status lets you be more spontaneous choosing to upgrade on board the aircraft. Subject to availability.

There are no requirements at the Blue membership level.

Emirates Skywards Silver status logo

Silver membership

Reach Silver status and you'll get all the perks available to Blue members plus the following:

  • Complimentary seat selection. Choose where you sit at no extra chage.
  • Earn 25% more Skywards Miles. Enjoy the perk of earning more rewards, faster.
  • Excess baggage allowance. Forget the stress of going over baggage allowance. With 12kg extra allowance.
  • Additional checked baggage allowance. Enjoy 12kg extra checked luggage.
  • Your World Rewards. Sign up for Your World Rewards and earn Marriott Bonvoy points whenever you fly with Emirates. Earn 1 Skywards Mile per US$1 spent at participating hotels and resorts on top of Marriott Bonvoy Points.

To get to Silver level you must earn 25,000 Tier Miles or take 25 flights.

Emirates Skywards Gold status logo

Gold membership

Gold status members can enjoy all the perks available to Silver and Blue members, earn 50% extra Skywards Miles plus the following benefits:

  • Priority check in and boarding. Enjoy priority check in at the Business Class counter anywhere in the Emirates network.
  • Priority baggage delivery. Your luggage is tagged for priority delivery at your arrivals.
  • Excess baggage allowance. Enjoy 16kg excess luggage allowance.
  • Complimentary lounge access. Enjoy complimentary access for you and one guest to the Emirates Business Class lounges. You can have one adult guest and two guests under the age of 17 in the First or Business Class lounges at Platinum level (see other perks below).
  • Priority support. If you have an issue you'll receive faster support through Emirates Contact Centres.
  • Guaranteed seats. Applicable only at Flex Plus fare levels, a guaranteed Economy Class seat will be available where none is available at the chosen fair class.
  • Additional checked baggage allowance. Enjoy 16kg extra checked luggage.

To get to Gold level you must earn 50,000 Tier Miles or take 50 flights.

Emirates Skywards Platinum status logo

Platinum membership

Platinum membership is the highest status level you can attain with Emirates. You have access to all the perks of lower status tiers, earn 75% more Skywards Miles and the following:

  • Priority check in and boarding. Enjoy priority check in at the First Class counter anywhere in the Emirates network.
  • Additional checked baggage allowance. Enjoy 20kg extra checked luggage.
  • Excess baggage allowance. Last minute souvenirs are no problem with 20kg excess baggage allowance.
  • 'Last seat' Classic Flex Plus Reward tickets. Only Platinum members can redeem their Skywards Miles of Business Class or Economy Class Flex Plus reward flights, even with restricted availability.
  • Gold partner nomination. Nominate a spouse, partner, colleague or friend to receive a Gold Membership. They simply need to be a Skywards member and you can nominate one person per your 12 month tier-cycle.
  • No expiry of Skywards Miles. The sky is truly the limit for your Skywards Miles, you'll be able to save your SKywards Miles as much as you like. However they will expire if you return to Gold Tier.

Platinum status requires you to attain 150,000 Tier Miles.

Can you transfer Emirates Skywards points?

Yes, you can transfer Emirates Skywards Miles to other Skywards members. It costs US$15 per every 1,000 Miles with a maximum of 50,000 Miles per year. You have to transfer at least 2,000 miles per transaction.

You can't transfer your Emirates Miles to other frequent flyer programs, but you can use them to redeem flights with other partnered airlines such as Qantas.

How does Skywards Miles compare with other frequent flyer programs?

The right frequent flyer program (or programs) for you largely depend on your travel behaviours and preferred airlines.

Emirates Skywards, Qantas Frequent Flyer and Velocity members can all climb status tiers by earning Tier Miles or Status Credits. To give you an example of how they compare, let's look at the perks of Silver status and the Status Credits earned on a one-way economy class flight from Sydney to Dubai with these programs:

ProgramStatus Credits/Miles earned on flightNumber of Status Credits needed for Silver membershipOther requirementsAnnual requirement to maintain Silver status
Emirates Skywards4,500 tier Miles25,000 Tier MilesEarn tier Miles or take 25 eligible flightsEarn 25,000 Tier Miles
Qantas Frequent Flyer60300Take at least four eligible Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar flights in a membership year.Earn 250 Status Credits and take at least four eligible Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar flights in a membership year.
Velocity Frequent Flyer40250Fly in at least 2 eligible sectors within a 12-month period.Earn 200 Status Credits and fly in 2 eligible sectors within your 12-month membership period.

Status benefits

Now let's look at some of the benefits you can expect in Silver status with the three programs:

FeatureEmirates SkywardsQantas Frequent FlyerVirgin Velocity
Bonus points25%50%50%
Priority reservation waitlistYesYesYes
Airline allianceNoOneworld Ruby statusNo
Priority phone serviceNoYesYes
Preferential seatingYesYesYes
Extra baggage allowanceYesYesYes
Priority check inYesYesYes
Lounge accessYes, free Emirates Business Class access and discounted Emirates First Class lounge access for you at Dubai international airport.Yes, complimentary lounge invitationYes, two complimentary lounge invitations

Frequently asked questions

Do Emirates Skywards miles expire?

Yes, they do. Emirates Skywards has one of the longest validity periods of any frequent flyer program which is 3 years from the date of travel or earning. However, unlike Qantas and Velocity points which expire after inactivity, Skywards miles will always expire after 36 months. This means you have to be careful to spend them all before they expire.

How can I claim missing Emirates Skywards points?

Taken a flight and noticed your Skywards Miles haven't appeared on your account? Login to your Emirates account and fill in a missing miles claim form. You can expect the Miles to appear in your account immediately so long as the name on the ticket matches the name in your Emirates Skywards profile.

If you've only just joined the Skywards program, you can claim Miles for Emirates flights flown up to 2 months prior to registering with the frequent flyer program.

Does Emirates Skywards offer family points pooling?

Yes, you can pool your Skywards Miles together under a "My family account". You can add up to 7 family members with yourself designated as the Family Head set as the person to manage and redeem your miles.

Only immediate family members are allowed to join under your account.

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