What to do miles exp 1/31?

Old Jan 16, 12, 1:22 pm
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Hello,

I have a friend who has 60K miles in Emirates Skywards program that are about to expire on 1/31.
I am not familiar with their program, but when I looked at the chart the "prices" are very high. And major problem is (if I am correct) the miles can't be used on partner airlines.

What can be done at this point, please suggest?
I don't want him to waste those miles on the mall.

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Old Jan 16, 12, 7:16 pm
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Where does he stay? That's enough to upgrade a future booking from Dubai to anywhere assuming availability exists. Could also book a redemption and change dates later.
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Old Jan 16, 12, 8:07 pm
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Alternatively, if he has a friend/relative travelling, the points can be used to upgrade their booking
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Old Jan 16, 12, 9:11 pm
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After I posted, I looked back to the site and now I found that there are rewards on partner airlines. He wants a free reward, not an upgrade. He lives in Moscow.
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Old Jan 16, 12, 11:00 pm
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This is precisely the problem with Skywards. Upgrades are difficult to reserve well in advance due to poor availability, and saver awards are virtually non existent.

Your last option is to buy overpriced garbage on Emirates High Street.
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Old Jan 17, 12, 12:33 am
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I have an idea: I have another friend who needs to fly from FUK (Japan) to PHL (USA) one-way in March. Would it be possible to get a ticket on JAL ( I saw them as a partner)?
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Old Jan 17, 12, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by CommittedLurker View Post
This is precisely the problem with Skywards. Upgrades are difficult to reserve well in advance due to poor availability, and saver awards are virtually non existent.
On some routes/flights perhaps. Often good availability on others.
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Old Jan 17, 12, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by ft101 View Post
On some routes/flights perhaps. Often good availability on others.
I have never been able to find Y>C upgrade availability (search for 6 months !) on flights to SFO/LAX. This in spite of EK having poor load factors to/from LAX (due to 2 flights), so much that they often cash upgrades LAX-DXB at check in.
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Old Jan 17, 12, 8:52 pm
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How to check award availability for JAL? You need to call or fill out a form online? Is there an easier way to find out if economy award seat is available?
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