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JFK to Dubai Christmas
Hi Can someone please tell me the best way to get 5 business class nonstop award tickets from JFK to Dubai. I have Amex points, AA and Delta. Thanks so much!
Does it have to be nonstop and do all 5 tickets have to be on the same flight? Emirates is the only airline to fly nonstop and I suspect getting 5 business class seats on one flight might be tough.
Hi there [USER=2974]@AmyM[/USER]
In addition to what MidSouth Skier said, only having Amex, AA, and Delta points, leaves you with limited options to get to Dubai. JFK-DXB is only operated by EK (Emirates). The only points that can book you onto Emirates is Amex points transferred directly to Emirates’ program. It costs a ton of points per person which most people don’t find worth it.
If you are willing to go one stop, with Delta points, you could look to book China Southern via CAN, AF via CDG, Saudia via JED or RUH, etc.
With AA miles, you could go with BA via LHR, CX via HKG, or QR via DOH.
With you Amex points, you could transfer to Aeroplan which would give you access to Star Alliance routes such as Egypt air via CAI, LH via FRA, Swiss via ZRH, or Ethiopian via ADD.
Amex points could also be transferred to Delta to top off your mileage if you are looking to book through them.
In all, however, especially over the season you are looking, it is difficult to get five seats together in J. If I were you, I would evaluate how you could maybe split your party.
Let me know if you need any help,
[QUOTE=”MidSouth Skier, post: 28721, member: 184″]Welcome [USER=2974]@AmyM[/USER],
Does it have to be nonstop and do all 5 tickets have to be on the same flight? Emirates is the only airline to fly nonstop and I suspect getting 5 business class seats on one flight might be tough.[/QUOTE]
Thank you for the response. I would consider purchasing two tickets and using point for three or two award tickets in first and three in business but we all have to be on the same flight. I can also fly into AUH.
Thank you Phize
Sounds like this is going to be a challenge. I can get 5 business class tickets on Emirates for 1,000,000 points plus $6500. That seemed extremely high and not worth wasting all the Amex points! I will check out the connecting flights. I also have tons of Marriot points. Since they merged with Starwood does that help at all? Thanks again for all your help!
Hi Again! 🙂 [USER=2974]@AmyM[/USER]
SPG points can be very useful considering that they can be transferred to JAL which can get you EK award tickets at lower prices.
On the other hand, they also have a lot of transfer partners which are useful for 1 stops.
SPG points can also be transferred to Alaska, which charges 82.5K in business and 150K in First each way. Plus, for every 20K SPG points you transfer, they’ll give you 5K bonus miles. But transfers are not instant and you can’t transfer more than (I think) 79,999 points per day. So it’s a gamble transferring all those points because even if space is available on your dates now, it may not be by the time all your points transfer.