Emirates has brought back a program for the summer that they’ve offered a few times in the past.
One of main objectives of the Gulf carriers is to put their homes on the global map. One has to wonder where Dubai would be without Emirates, or where Doha would be without Qatar Airways. So their goal isn’t just to encourage you to fly through their hubs, but to also visit.
We’ve seen Qatar and the UAE introduce more features that incentivize people to actually visit, from visa free entry for more nationalities to free stopovers hotels. Those are great opportunities to take advantage of. Now there’s yet another program that has returned.
Emirates has just brought back “My Emirates Pass,” which can save you money at 500+ leisure and retail outlets throughout the UAE through August 31, 2019. The discounts vary, though can be as much as 50%, and are valid at many restaurants, spas, and other attractions. You can find the full list of partners here.
To get access to these deals, you simply have to show your Emirates boarding pass and a picture ID, which means a vast majority of visitors are eligible for these savings, since most people flying to Dubai are taking Emirates. The boarding pass just has to be for travel between May 1 and August 31, so if you’re a local you can use this discount for weeks (or even months) after your flight.
Some of the savings are significant. For example, spas have discounts ranging from 20%, to a buy one get one free offer. Restaurant discounts are largely in the range of 20-25% of the entire bill.
Many people living in the UAE are already eligible for big discounts all over the place (for example, Emirates employees can save up to 50% on many things around town), though if you’re not eligible for those things or are just visiting, this is a fantastic way to save money around the UAE.