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Collecting Skwards for upcoming trip

Old Jul 3, 14, 4:33 am
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Hi Guys,

I have a family (5 of us) account skywards and will be taking the family on flights (econ) in July.

We will each be entitled to 5,000 miles for this particular trip (all travelling in economy saver tickets)

We are all blue.

My question is, should i create individual skywards membership to maximise the skywards miles and tier points?

I also want to use these miles in 6 months time to upgrade to business class from LHR-DXB. will it be possible to do so?

From my understanding our family account will only receive 20% of miles (so 5,000 miles only)

Thanks
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Old Jul 3, 14, 4:56 am
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You should create individual accounts to maximize skywards miles earnings in each account, if that is you question. Note that to process an upgrade, all miles need to come from a single account. So, if you created a family account, each one of you would have 5K miles in their accounts. If you designated yourself as the family head, then you would have 9,000 miles at the end of the trip - 5000 (your miles) + 4 family members * 20% * 5000.

Assuming you need to upgrade a flex economy tickets to business, you need 25K miles. It costs $25 per 1000 miles to transfer and $40 per 1000 miles to purchase.

To transfer 20K miles into your account from your family members, it would cost you 25 * 5 * 4 = $500
To purchase 16K miles, it would cost you you $ 40 * 16 = 640.

So creating individual accounts and then transferring miles is the better option if you end objective is an upgrade. Be sure to check upgrade availability on that route before you actually purchase the ticket. Having miles in your account doesn't mean that you can actually get an upgrade - it has to be available.
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Old Jul 3, 14, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by jackiedada View Post
You should create individual accounts to maximize skywards miles earnings in each account, if that is you question. Note that to process an upgrade, all miles need to come from a single account. So, if you created a family account, each one of you would have 5K miles in their accounts. If you designated yourself as the family head, then you would have 9,000 miles at the end of the trip - 5000 (your miles) + 4 family members * 20% * 5000.

Assuming you need to upgrade a flex economy tickets to business, you need 25K miles. It costs $25 per 1000 miles to transfer and $40 per 1000 miles to purchase.

To transfer 20K miles into your account from your family members, it would cost you 25 * 5 * 4 = $500
To purchase 16K miles, it would cost you you $ 40 * 16 = 640.

So creating individual accounts and then transferring miles is the better option if you end objective is an upgrade. Be sure to check upgrade availability on that route before you actually purchase the ticket. Having miles in your account doesn't mean that you can actually get an upgrade - it has to be available.
transfer fees are outrageous....
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Old Jul 3, 14, 5:33 am
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Originally Posted by m3red View Post
transfer fees are outrageous....
So is the 20% earn rate. They seriously need to reconsider this aspect, or at least allow free transfers for designated family members.
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Old Jul 3, 14, 6:40 am
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thanks for the quick reply guys! cannot believe they charge to transfer miles.

Do you know how much it will cost to upgrade from econ to business if i pay at DXB to LHR?
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Old Jul 3, 14, 7:18 am
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They would charge the difference in fare [between your economy ticket and the price of business class], plus whatever change fee is stated in the fare rules of your ticket.
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Old Jul 3, 14, 7:31 am
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If you have an Amex card you can (depending on where it is issued) transfer Amex points to Skywards with no transfer charges.
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Old Jul 3, 14, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by extramileage View Post
If you have an Amex card you can (depending on where it is issued) transfer Amex points to Skywards with no transfer charges.
You can transfer SPG Starpoints to Skywards too, with a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer. (20,000 Starpoints to 25,000 miles)
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Old Jul 3, 14, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
They would charge the difference in fare [between your economy ticket and the price of business class], plus whatever change fee is stated in the fare rules of your ticket.
This difference can be substantial, and the OP might wish to do a fare search on the Emirates website to get an idea of what's involved.

(by way of example, EK are currently quoting their lowest fare in economy as 399 for LHR to DXB return, with the business equivalent being 1874 - so almost five times as much........)
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