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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As you may have guessed from the name, Emirates Skywards is this airline’s frequent flyer program. It rewards you with Skywards Miles when you travel with Emirates and its airline partners. You can also earn Skywards Miles for hotel stays, car hire and when you shop with an eligible rewards credit card. You can then redeem your Miles for flights, upgrades and more.

You can use this guide to discover how you can earn Emirates Skywards Miles and some of the best ways to redeem them. We’ll help you weigh up the program and compare it with other popular frequent flyer schemes.

How do I earn Emirates Skywards Miles?

Flights

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.

So, 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.

Flights with flydubai

As the sister airline of Emirates, flydubai also offers you Skywards Miles and Tier Miles on all flights. Similar to Emirates, the amount of miles you'll earn is based on factors including the distance flown, your fare class and your membership status. Just keep in mind that flydubai is designed to be a lower-cost carrier and flies to fewer destinations than Emirates. It also doesn't offer any flights to or from Australia.

The Emirates website includes a miles calculator for flydubai as well, allowing you to see how many Skywards Miles and Tier Miles you'll earn when travelling with the airline. In general, the miles you earn are similar to those you'd get on an Emirates flight if you were travelling on a comparable economy or business class fare.

Flights with other partner airlines

You can also earn Skywards Miles with Emirate airline partners including Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin America. You can compare how much you could earn with each airline below:

AirlineEarn rate in Skywards Miles
Air MauritiusEarn up to 2 Miles per mile flown
Alaska AirlinesEarn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown
GOL Linhas Aéreas InteligentesEarn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown
Japan AirlinesEarn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown
Jet AirwaysEarn up to 1.25 Miles per mile flown
JetBlueEarn up to 1 Mile per mile flown
JetstarEarn up to 1.25 Miles per mile flown
Korean AirEarn up to 2 Miles per mile flown
Malaysia AirlinesEarn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown
QantasEarn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown
S7 AirlinesEarn up to 1.25 Miles per mile flown
South African AirwaysEarn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown
TAP Air PortugalEarn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown

Credit cards

Citi Credit Card Offer

Emirates Citi World Mastercard

Receive up to 60,000 bonus Skywards Miles

Offer ends 31 December 2019

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

Citi Credit Card Offer

Get up to 60,000 bonus Skywards Miles, complimentary lounge passes and World Golf benefits. Plus, complimentary insurance covers and luxury travel perks.

  • $149 first year annual fee ($299 p.a. thereafter)
  • Earn 1 Mile per $1 spent (up to $3k / statement period), 0.5/$1 (up to $10k / statement period)
  • Purchase interest rate of 21.49% p.a. | Cash advance rate of 22.24% p.a.
  • Minimum income requirement of $75,000 with $15,000 minimum credit limit
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In Australia, Citi is currently the only bank that offers a credit card that earns Emirates Skywards Miles directly. 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 have 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.

Compare credit cards that earn Emirates Skywards Miles

Updated December 10th, 2019
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee
21.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 9 months
$149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Receive up to 60,000 bonus Skywards Miles and pay half the annual fee for the first year.

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Hotels and accommodation

If you’re earning Emirates Skywards Miles on your flights, you may as well earn them on your accommodation costs too. Compare the partnered hotels and earn rates you can expect in the table below:

HotelEarn rate in Skywards Miles
Aloft HotelsEarn 1 Mile per US$1 spent
Anantara HotelsEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
Atlantis, The Palm, DubaiEarn 1 Mile per US$1 spent
Autograph Collection HotelsEarn 2 Miles per US$1 spent
AVANIEarn up to 500 Miles per eligible stay
Booking.comEarn 1 Mile per 1 Euro spent
Courtyard by MarriottEarn 1 Mile per US$1 spent
Crown HotelsEarn up to 5 Miles for every AUD$1 spent
Emirates and Your World Rewards (Marriott, SPG and Ritz-Carlton)Earn 1 Mile per US$1 spent (Silver, Gold and Platinum members only)
FairmontConvert 4,000 hotel loyalty points to 2,000 Skywards Miles
Four Points by SheratonEarn 1 Mile per US$1 spent
Hilton HotelsConvert 10,000 Hilton Honors points into 1,000 Skywards Miles
Hyatt HotelsEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
ibis HotelsConvert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles
InterContinental Hotels GroupEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
Jumeirah Hotels & ResortsEarn 1 Mile per US$1
JW Marriott HotelsEarn 2 Miles per US$1
Le MéridienEarn 2 Miles per US$1
Marriott Hotels & ResortsEarn 2 Miles per US$1
Mercure HotelsConvert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles
NovotelConvert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles
One&Only ResortsEarn 1 Mile per US$1
Park Inn by RadissonEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
Protea Hotels by MarriottEarn 1 Mile per US$1
Pullman Hotels & ResortsConvert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles
Radisson BluEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
Raffles HotelsConvert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles
Renaissance HotelsEarn 2 Miles per US$1
RocketmilesEarn up to 10,000 Miles per night
Rotana Hotels & ResortsEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
Shangri-La Hotels and ResortsEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
Sheraton Hotels & ResortsEarn 2 Miles per US$1
Sofitel Hotels & ResortsConvert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles
St. Regis Hotels & ResortsEarn 2 Miles per US$1
Swissôtel Hotels & ResortsConvert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles
The Address Hotels + ResortsEarn 1 Mile per $1
The Luxury CollectionEarn up to 2 Miles per US$1
The Ritz-CarltonEarn 2 Miles per US$1
Tivoli Hotels & ResortsEarn up to 500 Miles per eligible stay
Traders HotelsEarn 500 Miles per eligible stay
Vida Hotels and ResortsEarn 1 Mile per US$1
W HotelsEarn 2 Miles per US$1
Westin Hotels & ResortsEarn 2 Miles per US$1

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, BudgetEarn 500 Miles per eligible rental
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 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.

How to claim missing Skywards Miles from flights

If you’ve taken a flight and noticed your Skywards Miles haven’t appeared on your account, you can login to your KrisFlyer 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 have only just joined the Skywards program, you can claim Miles for Emirates flights flown up to two months prior to registering with the frequent flyer program.

What are Skywards Miles tiers?

As you earn more Skywards Miles, you can advance through the Skywards tiers and take advantage of exclusive membership benefits. There are four membership tiers: Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum. All Emirates Skywards members start at Blue status and then ascend the tiers as they earn the following Tier Miles requirements:

  • Silver. 25,000 Tier Miles or 25 Qualifying Flights
  • Gold. 50,000 Tier Miles or 50 Qualifying Flights
  • Platinum. 150,000 Tier Miles

Tier Miles are calculated at the same rate as Skywards Miles and are assessed on a rolling basis, meaning you usually have around 12 months to earn enough Tier Miles to reach a higher tier. Once you have reached the Silver, Gold or Platinum tier, you will have 12 months to enjoy the status benefits. After that, your account will be assessed again. This means you have a year to earn enough Tier Miles to maintain your higher status or to reach a higher level. If you don't earn enough Tier Miles, you'll drop down to the previous tier.

Emirates Skywards status benefits

From bonus Skywards Miles to complimentary lounge access, here are the perks you can expect as you ascend the tiers.

Tier benefitBlueSilverGoldPlatinum
Personal preferences rememberedYesYesYesYes
Complimentary seat selectionNoYesYesYes
Checked baggage allowanceNoYes (12 kg)Yes (16kg)Platinum (20kg)
Waitlist priorityYesYesYesYes
Bonus Skywards Miles when flying Emirates or flydubaiNoYes (25% more)Yes (50% more)Yes (75% more)
Priority service through contact centresNoNoYesYes
Guaranteed seatsNoNoYesYes
“Last seat” Classic Flex Plus reward ticketsNoNoNoYes, includes benefits such as no fees for changes and can be upgraded for fewer Miles
Gold Partner nominationNoNoNoYes, you can share your privileges with a partner, spouse, colleague, etc.
Buy instant upgrades with Miles at check-inYesYesYesYes
Priority check in and boardingNoYesYesYes
Complimentary lounge accessNoYes, complimentary access to any Emirates Business Class Lounge in DubaiYes, complimentary access for themselves and one eligible guest at any Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai and at lounges in the Emirates networkYes, complimentary access for themselves, one adult guest and two guests under the age at 17 at any Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai and at lounges in the Emirates network
Paid lounge accessYesYesYesYes
Buy instant upgrades with MilesNoYesYesYes
Discounted or complimentary Wi-FiYesYesYesYes
Special member offers with partnersYesYesYesYes
Priority baggage deliveryNoNoYesYes

What can I redeem my Skywards Miles for?

Flights

Emirates and flydubai

Starting at 15,000 Miles, you can redeem your Skywards Miles for Classic Reward flights with Emirates. You can also pay for your reward flight using a combination of Skywards Miles and cash. If you choose this option, you need to use a minimum of 2,000 Skywards Miles.

If you want to use your points for travel with flydubai, there is no minimum redemption. This means you can use any combination of Skywards Miles and cash for your flights.

Reward flights with airline partners

You can redeem Skywards Miles for flights with a selection of partner airlines, including Qantas and Jetstar. The table below outlines all the eligible airlines, as well as the minimum number of Skywards Miles you need for a reward flight.

AirlineMinimum Miles spend
Air MauritiusStart redeeming at 25,000 Miles
Alaska AirlinesStart redeeming at 15,000 Miles
easyJetStart redeeming at 7,500 Miles
GOL Linhas Aéreas InteligentesStart redeeming at 4,500 Miles
Japan AirlinesStart redeeming at 20,000 Miles
Jet AirwaysStart redeeming at 15,000 Miles
JetBlueStart redeeming at 7,500 Miles
JetstarStart redeeming at 7,000 Miles
Korean AirStart redeeming at 10,000 Miles
Malaysia AirlinesStart redeeming at 8,000 Miles
QantasStart redeeming at 16,000 Miles
S7 AirlinesStart redeeming at 7,500 Miles
TAP Air PortugalStart redeeming at 15,000 Miles

Upgrades

If you’ve already booked an Emirates flight, you can also use your Miles to upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class or from Business Class to First Class, subject to availability. The number of Miles you’ll need will depend on which cabin you’re upgrading to and the route of your flight, but it’ll cost you a minimum of 9,000 Miles.

Accommodation

You can also redeem your Emirates Skywards Miles to cover the cost of accommodation with partnered hotels and resorts. The price in Skywards Miles will vary between hotels, rooms and the length of your stay, but you can compare the minimum price amounts below.

HotelMinimum Mile spend
Courtyard by MarriottStart redeeming at 22,000 Miles
JW Marriott HotelsStart redeeming at 29,000 Miles
Marriott Hotels & ResortStart redeeming at 29,000 Miles
Protea Hotels by MarriottStart redeeming at 31,000 Miles
Renaissance HotelsStart redeeming at 29,000 Miles
RocketmilesStart redeeming at 5,000 Miles
The Ritz-CarltonStart redeeming at 59,000 Miles

Other rewards

You could also use your Skywards Miles for rewards such as travel packages, car hire and shopping with a number of program partners.

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. But if you want to weigh up some of the benefits of Emirates Skywards with other popular programs in Australia, we’ve compared it with Qantas’ Frequent Flyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer below.

Points expiry

Emirates Skywards Miles are valid for three years from the date of travel or earning. In the year that your Skywards Miles are due to expire, they’ll be removed from your account at the end of your birthday month. However, Qantas and Velocity Points expire if your account is inactive for 18 months and 36 months respectively. This means you can extend the life of your Qantas or Velocity frequent flyer points just by earning or redeeming points.

Status comparison

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

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