Good Things About Emirates
King of the A380– Emirates has over a hundred A380s (the double deck plane) with more on the way thanks to an aircraft order that saved the A380. Flying on an A380 is a really smooth ride and Emirates has showers in first class of several of their A380s.
Frequent Sales to Europe– Emirates flies from New York to Milan and Athens. Several times per year they will offer a sale for that route for around $400 per person, which is a steal considering how amazing Emirates is.
Top First Class– Emirates recently introduced a brand new first class on their Boeing 777 aircraft. It is on my bucket list and even has virtual windows with the suites in the middle.
Partner Awards– Their partner awards seem to be a little better than awards on their own aircraft. For example, it only costs 145,000 Emirates points roundtrip to redeem a round trip business class flight on Japan Airlines to fly the U.S. to Sydney with a stopover in Tokyo on the way over or the return.
Bad Things About Emirates
High Fuel Surcharges– Emirates charges very high fuel surcharges on awards. If you want to book Emirates using points, use those programs who don’t pass on Emirates’ high surcharges.
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Routes from Dubai (DXB): Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, New York (JFK) Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington D.C. (IAD)
Other Routes: New York (EWR) to Athens; New York (JFK) to Milan
Points Expiration: Points expire 3 years from the date they are earned. However, a grace period is given to the last day of the month of the member’s birthday.
Status Match- If you hold elite status in any other airline, you can email proof of your status to Emirates and receive Silver status, which gets you business class lounge access. Just use Emirates’ online contact form.
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