Barclays Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard Review

Emirates recently launched two new Mastercard credit cards with Barclays, which both offer elite status the first year and the ability to maintain elite status with spending on the card.

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Barclays Emirates Skywards Premium Mastercard

The Emirates Premium Mastercard has a $499 annual fee, but gives you Gold status your first year, Priority Pass lounge access, and a Global Entry credit.

Card Information: Emirates Premium Mastercard

Application Link: Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard.

Current Bonus: 40,000 Skywards Miles.

Annual Fee: $499 per year.

Earning Rewards:

  • 3x miles on Emirates.com or Emirates Sales office.
  • 2x miles on eligible airfares, hotel stays, and car rentals.
  • 1x miles everywhere else.

Card Benefits: Emirates Premium Mastercard

Emirates Gold Status– Cardmembers receive Emirates Skywards Gold elite status their first year. You can keep Gold elite status by spending $40,000 each cardmembership year.

Gold Elite Status gets you:

  • Complimentary access to Business class lounges for you and a guest.
  • A 50% miles bonus on flights.
  • Free economy seat selection for you and travelers on same booking.
  • Priority check-in, boarding, and baggage.

Potential Anniversary Bonus– Cardmembers who spend $30,000 each cardmembership year receive 10,000 bonus miles.

Priority Pass Membership- You can access 1,200+ airport lounges for you an your guests with Priority Pass through this card.

Global Entry/TSA PreCheck– You can receive a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit every five years up to $100.

25% Savings on Buying or Gifting Miles– Cardmembers receive a 25% savings when you buy or gift Emirates Skywards miles.

No Foreign Transaction Fees- You can use your Emirates Mastercard anywhere in the world without having to pay foreign transaction fees, which typically are 3%.

Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard

Barclays Emirates Skywards Mastercard

The Emirates Mastercard has a $99 annual fee and gives you Silver elite status and no foreign transaction fees.

Card Information: Emirates Mastercard

Application Link: Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard.

Current Bonus: 30,000 Skywards Miles.

Annual Fee: $99 per year.

Earning Rewards:

  • 3x miles on Emirates.com or Emirates Sales office.
  • 2x miles on eligible airfares, hotel stays, and car rentals.
  • 1x miles everywhere else.

Card Benefits: Emirates Mastercard

Silver Elite Status– Cardmembers receive Emirates Skywards Silver elite status their first year, which you can keep by spending $20,000 each cardmembership year.

Silver elite status gets you:

  • Access to business class lounges in Dubai for the cardmember.
  • 25% mileage bonus on Emirates flights.
  • Free economy seat selection for the cardmember.
  • Priority check-in and boarding.

25% Savings on Buying or Gifting Miles– Cardmembers receive a 25% savings when you buy or gift Emirates Skywards miles.

No Foreign Transaction Fees- You can use your Emirates Mastercard anywhere in the world without having to pay foreign transaction fees, which typically are 3%.

Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard

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