Emirates Selling Skywards Miles At A Discount

Emirates Selling Skywards Miles At A Discount

1
In the interest of full disclosure, One Mile at a Time earns a referral bonus for purchases made through some of the below links. These are products and services we use ourselves and are the best offers we know of. Check out our Advertising Policy for further details. Thanks for your support!

Emirates Skywards has just launched its latest sale on purchased miles, which has the potential to represent a good deal.

Buy Emirates Skywards miles for 30-35% off

Emirates Skywards is offering a 30-35% discount on purchased miles, though you get a bigger discount the sooner you buy, as follows:

  • Buy miles September 4 through September 5, 2021, receive 35% off
  • Buy miles September 6 through September 20, 2021, receive 30% off

For context, Skywards ordinarily sells miles for 3.0 US cents each. Therefore:

  • You can purchase miles with a 35% discount for 1.95 cents each
  • You can purchase miles with a 30% discount for 2.1 cents each

There are some basics to keep in mind when it comes to buying Skywards miles:

Is buying Emirates Skywards miles worth it?

Emirates Skywards doesn’t have an award chart, but rather has a redemption calculator that will tell you how many miles you’ll need for a ticket.

Back in 2020, Emirates Skywards miles became more valuable, as the carrier eliminated carrier imposed surcharges. Then again, just recently the program eliminated the discount for booking roundtrip awards vs. one-ways, but there are still great deals to be had. You’re generally going to find the best value booking premium cabin awards, so to give you some examples of pricing:

  • New York to Milan or Newark to Athens one-way will cost you 62,500 miles in business class, 85,000 miles in first class
  • Los Angeles to Dubai one-way will cost you 113,750 miles in business class, 155,000 miles in first class

In many situations booking through the Skywards program is the best value, though there are other options as well, like booking through Japan Airlines Mileage Bank (however, some partner programs have restricted access to first class awards).

Redeem Skywards miles for Emirates business class awards

Arguably the best kept secret of Emirates Skywards miles is the ability to redeem them for upgrades. On the day of departure you get last seat availability for upgrades (at the airport or onboard), and you can even upgrade award tickets with miles. This is an opportunity not offered by any other airline.

Redeem Skywards miles for Emirates first class upgrades

When it comes to redeeming on partner airlines, Emirates Skywards doesn’t have many great partner redemption opportunities. The one exception is being able to redeem for travel in JetBlue Mint at an attractive cost.

Skywards doesn’t have many good partner airline redemption rates

Other ways to earn Emirates Skywards miles

Emirates Skywards is transfer partners with all major transferable points currencies, including Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Capital One, so there are lots of ways to earn Skywards miles. Sometimes we even see transfer bonuses, which can improve the value proposition of transferring points even further.

Personally I value most transferable points currencies at ~1.7 cents each, though everyone has a different valuation. Some people with transferable points may prefer to accrue Skywards miles that way, while others may prefer to buy Skywards miles outright with an offer like this, and save those points for other redemptions.

On top of that, Emirates has co-branded credit cards in the United States that you can earn Skywards miles with.

Bottom line

Emirates has just launched its latest promotion on purchased Skywards miles. You can receive a 30-35% discount on purchased Skywards miles, depending on when you buy. This is an opportunity to buy miles for 1.95-2.1 cents each.

If you have a specific premium cabin redemption or upgrade in mind then I’d say this deal could represent a good value. However, there are lots of other ways to earn Skywards miles if you have access to credit cards, so I’d personally pursue one of those methods first.

Does anyone plan on buying Emirates Skywards miles with this promotion?

Conversations (1)
Newest comments are displayed first.

The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.

Type your response here.

If you'd like to participate in the discussion, please adhere to our commenting guidelines. Anyone can comment, and your email address will not be published. Register to save your unique username and earn special OMAAT reputation perks!

  1. R B

    The first link does not seem to work:
    30-35% discount on purchased miles

Featured Comments Load all 1 comments Most helpful comments ( as chosen by the OMAAT community ).

The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.

R B

The first link does not seem to work: 30-35% discount on purchased miles

Meet Ben Schlappig, OMAAT Founder
4,523,713 Miles Traveled

25,807,500 Words Written

28,675 Posts Published

Keep Exploring OMAAT