Emirates to increase Skywards miles required for upgrades

Emirates to increase Skywards miles required for upgrades

While upgrades will be harder to get, Platinum, Gold and Silver members will see more benefits

Emirates airline has revised its loyalty programme policy regarding its Skywards Miles for Business Class and First Class passengers.

Under the new policy, which will be gradually rolled out on reward tickets across the Emirates network from now until 31 January 2023, more miles will be required for passengers to upgrade to Business or First Class.

However, the carrier will also increase bonus Skywards Miles for Platinum, Gold and Silver members.


A statement issued by Emirates read: “In line with current market conditions, Emirates Skywards is introducing an increase on Skywards Miles required for Upgrade Rewards and Classic Rewards booked in Business Class and First Class.” 

From 31 January 2023, Skywards Platinum members will earn a further 100% of the Economy Flex+ Miles on a given route, increasing from 75%. Meanwhile, Skywards Gold members will earn 75% of the Economy Flex+ Miles, increasing from 50%; and Skywards Silver Members will get 30% of the Economy Flex+ Miles, increasing from 25%.

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Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, has close to 30 million members. 

Members can also earn miles with partners, which range from codeshare airlines, hotels and car rental companies to financial, leisure and lifestyle brands. These points can be redeemed for an extensive range of rewards, including flight tickets on partner airlines, flight upgrades, hotel stays and tickets for sporting and cultural events and tours.

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