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Your Emirates Skywards Questions Answered - 2019

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Welcome to Your Emirates Skywards Questions Answered - 2017/2018

Skywards is the Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) for Emirates Airlines. There are many ways of collecting and spending miles as well as attaining status within the membership programme and different levels of status bring with it certain benefits. Sometimes FFP's can be confusing and we all find ourselves with a question at times relating to membership or how to spend, how to collect, where to spend, where to collect, what benefits come with membership etc.

From the Emirates Skywards Web Page:

Make the Most of Every Mile with Emirates Skywards. Our award-winning frequent flyer programme costs nothing to join and will change the way you see the world forever. It’s simpler than ever before to apply and begin collecting more Miles more quickly in even more ways. Membership gives you the chance to earn and spend Miles with Emirates and flydubai, as well as with our wide selection of partners. Enhance your travel experience with benefits and services that make every trip more rewarding.
https://www.emirates.com/uk/english/.../skywards.aspx

We have a quite a few experts on the forum, so if you find yourself stuck as how to make the most of your membership then please ask your Skywards questions here.

Here is the link to the 2017/2018 thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/emir...17-2018-a.html

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Old May 11, 19, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by thijsseh View Post


And in addition, Silver and above members can request a miles upgrade from the purser on board, in which case it is certainly ‘space available ‘.
I am am just lowly Blue, but have heard of the on-board upgrade possibilities.

Question on that....is there a difference on what you pay (points/$$) at a check-in upgrade vs. an onboard upgrade? Seems anybody looking for an upgrade, with whatever Emirates status, would inquire long before they get on the plane. With only 6 seats in F, and being how awesome it looks to be, I can’t imagine there ever being ‘space available’ on board?

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Old May 11, 19, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post


I am am just lowly Blue, but have heard of the on-board upgrade possibilities.

Question on that....is there a difference on what you pay (points/$$) at a check-in upgrade vs. an onboard upgrade? Seems anybody looking for an upgrade, with whatever Emirates status, would inquire long before they get on the plane. With only 6 seats in F, and being how awesome it looks to be, I can’t imagine there ever being ‘space available’ on board?

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No difference in miles. Not sure if you can pay onboard, I'd imagine at that point it's quite expensive as they might only sell full fare.
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Old May 22, 19, 9:26 pm
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No doubt answered somewhere, but 30 minutes searching (probably with the wrong keywords) and I can't find an answer. When you reach a new tier, are your tier points reset? And if so, are any other points earned on the trip that pushed you up a tier lost? Can you go from Blue direct to Gold?

I have a trip with >50K tier points. Will I be silver after the outbound? Will the points reset? Or will they check at the end of the month (when I have returned) and set me directly as a gold?
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Old May 22, 19, 10:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Dirty_Idea View Post
No doubt answered somewhere, but 30 minutes searching (probably with the wrong keywords) and I can't find an answer. When you reach a new tier, are your tier points reset? And if so, are any other points earned on the trip that pushed you up a tier lost? Can you go from Blue direct to Gold?

I have a trip with >50K tier points. Will I be silver after the outbound? Will the points reset? Or will they check at the end of the month (when I have returned) and set me directly as a gold?
They do not reset; they just show as needing xyz amount of tier miles until gold. Points post as soon as the outbound is complete so you would be silver for your return journey. After the return, it will show xyz tier miles required for platinum
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Old May 23, 19, 1:19 am
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They do not reset; they just show as needing xyz amount of tier miles until gold. Points post as soon as the outbound is complete so you would be silver for your return journey. After the return, it will show xyz tier miles required for platinum
Much appreciated. Many thanks
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Old May 23, 19, 2:02 am
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post


I am am just lowly Blue, but have heard of the on-board upgrade possibilities.

Question on that....is there a difference on what you pay (points/$$) at a check-in upgrade vs. an onboard upgrade? Seems anybody looking for an upgrade, with whatever Emirates status, would inquire long before they get on the plane. With only 6 seats in F, and being how awesome it looks to be, I can’t imagine there ever being ‘space available’ on board?

Thanks
TD
You can pay cash on board. It will be the same price as at check in unless they are offering special upgrades to fix an oversold Y cabin.

One significant advantage of on board upgrade in either miles or cash is that you don’t pay tax (for example APD for flights departing the UK).
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Old May 23, 19, 4:08 am
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Originally Posted by Ryanardo_daVinci View Post


You can pay cash on board. It will be the same price as at check in unless they are offering special upgrades to fix an oversold Y cabin.

One significant advantage of on board upgrade in either miles or cash is that you don’t pay tax (for example APD for flights departing the UK).
I was not aware of the cash on board option (presume it’s card of course). Is that also restricted to Skywards Silver and above, like is the case for on board miles upgrades?
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Old May 23, 19, 6:41 am
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I was not aware of the cash on board option (presume it’s card of course). Is that also restricted to Skywards Silver and above, like is the case for on board miles upgrades?
No, and yes credit card. Probably same machine they use for duty free
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Old May 23, 19, 2:41 pm
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In late June I am flying the fifth freedom route. Used MR points and transferred to EK in order to get the bar experience for wife and I in Business Class. How do upgrades work? There's lot of availability in F. I set an alert on Emirates so if they open up awards I'm supposed to be notified but the page also says "Upgrade Not Available."

Thanks for any tips.
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Old May 23, 19, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Ryanardo_daVinci View Post


You can pay cash on board. It will be the same price as at check in unless they are offering special upgrades to fix an oversold Y cabin.

One significant advantage of on board upgrade in either miles or cash is that you don’t pay tax (for example APD for flights departing the UK).

Is the check-in/onboard upgrade offered at any sort of discount? Or just the difference between the paid/miles fare difference?

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Old May 31, 19, 6:19 am
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Hello,

I plan to make an EK partner award booking on JAL. Stipulation is that you can only book return, and the return date opens up about three weeks after the outbound leg (as I want to book as soon as it is available).

Is anyone aware of what change fees are typically charged; and presumably I can just adjust the return leg, without impacting the outbound leg?

For reference, this is Sydney --> Tokyo.

Any assistance appreciated!

FWIW: I called and they said simply a $25 change fee to change the return leg. So I shall plan that.

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Old Jun 2, 19, 3:03 am
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Quick question: ok forgive me if this is silly
who gets the skyward tier miles if i book for a family?
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Old Jun 2, 19, 3:23 am
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Quick question: ok forgive me if this is silly
who gets the skyward tier miles if i book for a family?
The family members.
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Old Jun 2, 19, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by redeternet7 View Post
Quick question: ok forgive me if this is silly
who gets the skyward tier miles if i book for a family?
The people actually flying get the tier miles.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 3:15 pm
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Just booked J saver flights for dec/jan
noticed at the end of the fare information line it says “Reward upgrade restricted”?
anyone know what this means?

just went back and looked at all my J saver tickets from the last 5 years and not one of them says that at the end of the fare info line.

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