Emirates Skywards Frequent Flyer Program
Discover how you can reward your spending and fly further with the Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program.
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?
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:
|Airline||Earn rate in Skywards Miles|
|Air Mauritius||Earn up to 2 Miles per mile flown|
|Alaska Airlines||Earn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown|
|GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes||Earn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown|
|Japan Airlines||Earn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown|
|JetBlue||Earn up to 1 Mile per mile flown|
|Jetstar||Earn up to 1.25 Miles per mile flown|
|Korean Air||Earn up to 2 Miles per mile flown|
|Malaysia Airlines||Earn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown|
|Qantas||Earn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown|
|S7 Airlines||Earn up to 1.25 Miles per mile flown|
|South African Airways||Earn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown|
|TAP Air Portugal||Earn up to 1.5 Miles per mile flown|
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.
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:
|Hotel||Earn rate in Skywards Miles|
|Aloft Hotels||Earn 1 Mile per US$1 spent|
|Anantara Hotels||Earn 500 Miles per eligible stay|
|Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai||Earn 1 Mile per US$1 spent|
|AVANI||Earn up to 500 Miles per eligible stay|
|Booking.com||Earn 1 Mile per 1 Euro spent|
|Courtyard by Marriott||Earn 1 Mile per US$1 spent|
|Crown Hotels||Earn 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)|
|Fairmont||Convert 4,000 hotel loyalty points to 2,000 Skywards Miles|
|Four Points by Sheraton||Earn 1 Mile per US$1 spent|
|Hilton Hotels||Convert 10,000 Hilton Honors points into 1,000 Skywards Miles|
|Hyatt Hotels||Earn 500 Miles per eligible stay|
|ibis Hotels||Convert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles|
|InterContinental Hotels Group||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts||Earn 1 Mile per US$1|
|JW Marriott Hotels||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Le Méridien||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Marriott Hotels & Resorts||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Mercure Hotels||Convert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles|
|Novotel||Convert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles|
|One&Only Resorts||Earn 1 Mile per US$1|
|Pullman Hotels & Resorts||Convert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles|
|Radisson Blu||Convert 2,000 Radisson Rewards points into 200 Miles|
|Raffles Hotels||Convert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles|
|Rocketmiles||Earn up to 10,000 Miles per night|
|Rotana Hotels & Resorts||Earn 500 Miles per eligible stay|
|Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts||Earn 500 Miles per eligible stay|
|Sheraton Hotels & Resorts||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Sofitel Hotels & Resorts||Convert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles|
|St. Regis Hotels & Resorts||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts||Convert 4,000 AccorHotels points into 2,000 Miles|
|The Address Hotels + Resorts||Earn 1 Mile per $1|
|The Luxury Collection||Earn up to 2 Miles per US$1|
|The Ritz-Carlton||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Tivoli Hotels & Resorts||Earn up to 500 Miles per eligible stay|
|Traders Hotels||Earn 500 Miles per eligible stay|
|Vida Hotels and Resorts||Earn 1 Mile per US$1|
|W Hotels||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
|Westin Hotels & Resorts||Earn 2 Miles per US$1|
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 service||Earn rate per eligible rental|
|Avis, Budget||Up to 8 Miles per US$1 spent|
|CarTrawler||Up to 1 Mile per US$1 spent|
|Dollar Car Rental, Europcar||Up to 1,000 Miles per eligible rental|
|Hertz||Earn up to 3.5 Miles per US$1 spent|
|Sixt||Up 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.
|Personal preferences remembered||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Complimentary seat selection||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Checked baggage allowance||No||Yes (12 kg)||Yes (16kg)||Platinum (20kg)|
|Bonus Skywards Miles when flying Emirates or flydubai||No||Yes (25% more)||Yes (50% more)||Yes (75% more)|
|Priority service through contact centres||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|“Last seat” Classic Flex Plus reward tickets||No||No||No||Yes, includes benefits such as no fees for changes and can be upgraded for fewer Miles|
|Gold Partner nomination||No||No||No||Yes, you can share your privileges with a partner, spouse, colleague, etc.|
|Buy instant upgrades with Miles at check-in||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Priority check in and boarding||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Complimentary lounge access||No||Yes, complimentary access to any Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai||Yes, complimentary access for themselves and one eligible guest at any Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai and at lounges in the Emirates network||Yes, 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 access||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Buy instant upgrades with Miles||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Discounted or complimentary Wi-Fi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Special member offers with partners||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Priority baggage delivery||No||No||Yes||Yes|
What can I redeem my Skywards Miles for?
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.
|Airline||Minimum Miles spend|
|Air Mauritius||Start redeeming at 25,000 Miles|
|Alaska Airlines||Start redeeming at 15,000 Miles|
|easyJet||Start redeeming at 7,500 Miles|
|GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes||Start redeeming at 4,500 Miles|
|Japan Airlines||Start redeeming at 20,000 Miles|
|Jet Airways||Start redeeming at 15,000 Miles|
|JetBlue||Start redeeming at 7,500 Miles|
|Jetstar||Start redeeming at 7,000 Miles|
|Korean Air||Start redeeming at 10,000 Miles|
|Malaysia Airlines||Start redeeming at 8,000 Miles|
|Qantas||Start redeeming at 16,000 Miles|
|S7 Airlines||Start redeeming at 7,500 Miles|
|TAP Air Portugal||Start redeeming at 15,000 Miles|
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.
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.
|Hotel||Minimum Mile spend|
|Courtyard by Marriott||Start redeeming at 22,000 Miles|
|JW Marriott Hotels||Start redeeming at 29,000 Miles|
|Marriott Hotels & Resort||Start redeeming at 29,000 Miles|
|Protea Hotels by Marriott||Start redeeming at 31,000 Miles|
|Renaissance Hotels||Start redeeming at 29,000 Miles|
|Rocketmiles||Start redeeming at 5,000 Miles|
|The Ritz-Carlton||Start redeeming at 59,000 Miles|
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.
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.
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:
|Program||Status Credits/Miles earned on flight||Number of Status Credits needed for Silver membership||Other requirements||Annual requirement to maintain Silver status|
|Emirates Skywards||4,500 tier Miles||25,000 Tier Miles||Earn tier Miles or take 25 eligible flights||Earn 25,000 Tier Miles|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||60||300||Take 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 Flyer||40||250||Fly 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.|
Now let’s look at some of the benefits you can expect in Silver status with the three programs:
|Feature||Emirates Skywards||Qantas Frequent Flyer||Virgin Velocity|
|Priority reservation waitlist||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Airline alliance||No||Oneworld Ruby status||No|
|Priority phone service||No||Yes||Yes|
|Extra baggage allowance||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Priority check in||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Lounge access||Yes, free Emirates Business Class access and discounted Emirates First Class lounge access for you at Dubai international airport.||Yes, complimentary lounge invitation||Yes, two complimentary lounge invitations|
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