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Consolidated Emirates (EK) awards availability/booking/routing thread

Old Apr 5, 14, 4:23 pm
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Emirates award guide using Alaska Airlines miles

Routing Rules:

All trips must start or end in North America.
One open jaw and one stopover allowed on each one-way award.
No fees for changes/cancellations prior to 60 days from departure.

North American Gateway Cities:

West Coast
Seattle
San Francisco
Los Angeles

Central
Chicago
Dallas
Houston

East Coast
Boston
New York (JFK)
Orlando (Effective September 1, 2015)
Washington DC (IAD)

Canada
Toronto

Award Chart Links*:

Middle East & Africa

Asia

Europe

*If region is not listed on chart its not available.

Perks

Chauffeur Drive NOT Available
Car service is not available for all Business Class and First Class passengers on Alaska Airlines ticketed award tickets on Emirates flights (as of Jan 2015). The chauffeur will not confirm if you use the EK website for this, though the website makes it look you can make a reservation.

Lounges
Access is available for all passengers traveling in Business and First Class. Not all cities have lounges and many may be operated by a Partner. There have been some reports of people having an issue accessing the Dubai lounges as the tickets may appear in their system as non-revenue employee travel. This is not as much of a problem as it used to be but in case it comes up please advise the lounge attendant that you are on an Alaska Airlines award.

Dubai Connect

AS Awards on EK do not qualify for Dubai Connect, which is the service that offers the free hotel.

Tricks to find Transoceanic availability

Instead of performing a blanket, i.e. SEA-DXB search, perform: SEA-MED.
Madinah is a destination that is only served by EK. Consequently, if there is availability, only EK will show up in the calendar results.
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Consolidated Emirates (EK) awards availability/booking/routing thread

Old Jan 26, 13, 5:22 am
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Originally Posted by Mr_Tudball View Post
You can also use ITA. Entering DXB and LHR as your connecting cities should bring up flights with A as the booking class on EK, BA, and AA. Looking forward to my March trip:

CMB DXB EK 77W
DXB LHR EK 388
LHR DFW AA 77W
DFW SEA AA 738

All for around $1,950. I'm crediting the miles to AS MP, so BA metal was out for me. I prefer the EQMs on EK and AA, plus I get the new AA 77W.
For those interested in racking up more miles and/or trying the QF 380, you can also go via SIN:
CMB-SIN EK 77W
SIN-LHR QF 388
LHR-US on BA/AA

This one prices out a little more $2,200 range and can't be booked on EK.com. There is an FTer that is a TA that specialized in these more complicated routings and in round trips ($4,500 range fully changeable). If anyone is interested, PM me for contact info.
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Old Jan 26, 13, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
For those interested in racking up more miles and/or trying the QF 380, you can also go via SIN:
CMB-SIN EK 77W
SIN-LHR QF 388
LHR-US on BA/AA

This one prices out a little more $2,200 range and can't be booked on EK.com. There is an FTer that is a TA that specialized in these more complicated routings and in round trips ($4,500 range fully changeable). If anyone is interested, PM me for contact info.
That is pretty sweet... I wish QF earned EQMs in AS's program.. How many BA tier points this would net us?
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Old Jan 26, 13, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
For those interested in racking up more miles and/or trying the QF 380, you can also go via SIN:
CMB-SIN EK 77W
SIN-LHR QF 388
LHR-US on BA/AA

This one prices out a little more $2,200 range and can't be booked on EK.com. There is an FTer that is a TA that specialized in these more complicated routings and in round trips ($4,500 range fully changeable). If anyone is interested, PM me for contact info.
This is getting pretty far OT.
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Old Jan 26, 13, 8:20 pm
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F Awards

Just tried to book two EK F class SFO/SEA/LAX or JFK to SIN via DXB...340 days out..no luck??? No Business class availability either. Are they releasing any award seats? I was flexible in dates...still nothing. Any suggestions? Thanks. (using Alaska Miles)

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Old Jan 27, 13, 12:46 am
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Did you actually try and see if there was saver availability on EK's site first, or on a site like ExpertFlyer?
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Old Jan 27, 13, 9:47 am
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No, I did not. I guess diving into ExpertFlyer will be my next step. Thanks
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Old Jan 27, 13, 10:23 pm
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I have a question on the vice-versa. AS seems to be unique in that it has three levels of awards (Super Saver/Choice/Flex). I am looking to use EK miles on AS and I am trying both the AA and AS website to find AS seat availability.

Should I focus just on Super Saver awards at this time since the r/t award is 25k EK miles? I do find it odd that availability on the AA and AS website seems to differ (but this is known to others?).

Rasheed

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Old Jan 27, 13, 11:24 pm
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Originally Posted by rasheed View Post
I have a question on the vice-versa. AS seems to be unique in that it has three levels of awards (Super Saver/Choice/Flex). I am looking to use EK miles on AS and I am trying both the AA and AS website to find AS seat availability.

Should I focus just on Super Saver awards at this time since the r/t award is 25k EK miles? I do find it odd that availability on the AA and AS website seems to differ (but this is known to others?).

Rasheed
With AS miles one can only book saver space on most partners. The reverse is true with partners booking on AS- can only secure saver space.
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Old Jan 28, 13, 12:18 am
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Can the thread title be updated please?
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Old Jan 28, 13, 10:35 pm
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Can the thread title be updated please?
What should it be updated to? Sorry, haven't had the time to reread the whole thread to see what the subject is and figure out a better (if any) title.

Also, using the "Alert a moderator to this post" triangle is a better way to get my attention than hoping I'll eventually run across it when reading FT.
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Old Jan 28, 13, 11:03 pm
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What should it be updated to? Sorry, haven't had the time to reread the whole thread to see what the subject is and figure out a better (if any) title.

Also, using the "Alert a moderator to this post" triangle is a better way to get my attention than hoping I'll eventually run across it when reading FT.
Emirates (EK) awards availability status update? [Available as of x/x/x]
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Old Jan 28, 13, 11:12 pm
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Emirates (EK) awards availability status update? [Available as of x/x/x]
Ah. That's right. Do we have a date yet?
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Old Jan 28, 13, 11:25 pm
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Ah. That's right. Do we have a date yet?
1/16/2013
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Old Jan 28, 13, 11:33 pm
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
With AS miles one can only book saver space on most partners. The reverse is true with partners booking on AS- can only secure saver space.
Thank you for the reply. Indeed, it must be super saver. For economy, it is booking class W (in case others need to know).

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Old Feb 25, 13, 10:07 pm
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Other than Bvondross Does anyone have experience booking LAX/SFO/SEA to DXB with AS Miles?

I'd like to make a booking, but wanted to see if it was even doable.
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