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:
- You can purchase up to 100,000 miles per Skywards account per calendar year
- You can only purchase miles if you’ve had at least some activity in your Skywards account
- It can take up to 48 hours for purchased miles to post to your account
- Mileage purchases are processed by points.com, so wouldn’t count as airfare for the purposes of credit card spending; I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?