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Best Ways to Use Emirates Skywards Miles

How Much It Will Cost

Emirates does not publish an award chart, but you can check the mileage using their miles calculator. However, you should be aware that the fuel surcharges, in addition to the Emirates Skywards Miles, can easily be $1,000+ per person for a roundtrip business flight. However, you can pay a lot less fuel surcharges if you start your award from as Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan, Phillippines, South Korea, and Thailand (these countries smartly restrict the amount of fuel surcharges that an airline can charge). Another way to avoid fuel surcharges is to use your Skywards Miles on one of Emirates’ partner airlines such as Japan Airlines.

For North America East Coast, expect to pay the following rates for business class saver space roundtrip:

  • 145,000 miles to Dubai
  • 180,000 miles to Europe
  • 190,000 miles to South Africa
  • 190,000 miles to Japan
  • 170,000 miles to Southeast Asia.

For North America Central and West Coast, expect to pay the following rates for business class saver space roundtrip:

  • 165,000 miles to Dubai
  • 190,000 miles to Europe
  • 200,000 miles to South Africa
  • 210,000 miles to Japan
  • 180,000 miles to South East Asia

Emirates’ Partner Airlines

  • Air Mauritius
  • Alaska Airlines
  • easyJet
  • flydubai
  • GOL
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • JetBlue
  • Jetstar
  • Korean
  • Malaysia
  • Qantas
  • S7
  • South African
  • Tap Portugal

Awards for Partners Airlines: You can see the full list here. You can travel on Alaska Airlines for 25,000 round trip in economy class inside the U.S. or flights to Canada. You can fly round-trip on Japan Airlines between U.S. and Japan for 125,000 in business class; 145,000 points between the U.S. and India; or 145,000 between the U.S. and Australia. Alternatively, you could travel on Korean Airlines for 105,000 points round trip for business class. Additionally, you need to fill out this form to book a partner award. 

Emirates’ Award Routing Rules

Fuel Surcharges: Emirates have very high fuel surcharges for their own flights and they do pass on partner’s own fuel surcharges. The best option to avoid high fuel surcharges is Japan Airlines or Korean Airlines.

Stopovers: One stopover for saver award tickets and two stopovers for Flex awards. Partners have their own rules on each partner’s page. Japan Airlines allows one stopover or two stopovers inside Japan. 

Booking: Must be at least seven days prior to departure.

Open-Jaws– Permitted if within the same region.

Award Fees

  • To cancel, you would need to pay $75 for saver award and $50 for a flex award.
  • To change travel dates, there is a $25 fee for saver awards, but no fee for flex awards.


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