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Fly in Business Class and upgrade your Emirates Skywards membership status to Gold

Old Jul 17, 19, 10:06 pm
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Fly in Business Class and upgrade your Emirates Skywards membership status to Gold

"If you’re a Blue or Silver member, you can now upgrade to Gold simply by flying in Business Class to and from selected destinations on Flex or Flex plus fares, connecting through Dubai...Register by 26 July and travel by 20 August"

The link is only available to Emirates Skywards members.

Terms and conditions
  1. The Emirates Skywards 'Fly Business, get Gold tier' promotion is open to all Emirates Skywards members who:
    • a. are existing Emirates Skywards members, or who become a member by 23.59 (Dubai time) July 26, 2019.
    • b. have registered for the promotion by 23.59 on July 26, (Dubai time) either via email link, via emirates.com or through an Emirates Contact Center.
    • c. have completed issuance of an Eligible Ticket and Eligible Fare (return) between 00.01 on July 18, 2019 and 23.59 on July 26, (Dubai time), as per the 'Date of Issue' on the ticket receipt.
    • d. have commenced and completed their journey on Eligible Flights between 00.01am on 18 July 2019 and 11.59pm on 20 August 2019 (Dubai time).
  2. (a) To be eligible for this offer, the journey must commence from the following points of origin: Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Algiers, Amman, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basra, Beirut, Bologna, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Cebu, Christchurch, Clark, Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dallas, Dammam, Dar Es Salaam, Dhaka, Durban, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hanoi, Harare, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kabul, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, Luanda, Lusaka, Lyon, Madrid, Malta, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, Newcastle, Oslo, Peshawar, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Porto, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Saigon, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Sialkot, Singapore, Stockholm, Tehran, Thiruvananthapuram, Tunis, Venice, Warsaw, Yangon, Zagreb, Zurich.
    (b) To be eligible for this offer, the journey must be to following destinations: Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Algiers, Amman, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basra, Beirut, Bologna, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Cebu, Christchurch, Clark, Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dallas, Dammam, Dar Es Salaam, Dhaka, Durban, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hanoi, Harare, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kabul, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, Luanda, Lusaka, Lyon, Madrid, Malta, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, Newcastle, Oslo, Peshawar, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Porto, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Saigon, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Sialkot, Singapore, Stockholm, Tehran, Thiruvananthapuram, Tunis, Venice, Warsaw, Yangon, Zagreb, Zurich.
    (c) This offer is not applicable for travel to or from Dubai; between Abuja and Accra; Bangkok and Phnom Penh; Bangkok and Hong Kong; Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro; Cebu and Clark; Christchurch and Sydney; Colombo and Male; Conakry and Dakar; Harare and Lusaka; Larnaca and Malta; Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile; Singapore and Brisbane; Singapore and Melbourne.
  3. An Eligible Fare on Emirates is defined as: "Flex" or "Flex Plus" in Business Class ("Special" and “Saver” fare brands are not eligible), on a return basis. One-way journeys are not eligible for this offer.
  4. An Eligible Flight is defined as:
    a) an Emirates marketed flight with EK designator; operated by Emirates or flydubai.
    b) All other codeshare and interline flights are excluded from this offer.
  5. An Eligible Ticket is defined as a return journey on Eligible Flights and Eligible Fare, purchased via emirates.com, through Emirates Retail and Contact Centers or through a travel agent.
  6. An Emirates Skywards member who, at the discretion of Emirates Skywards, satisfies all of the above conditions, will be upgraded to Emirates Skywards Gold tier at the completion of their entire return ticketed journey. This tier upgrade to Gold will be valid for a period of one year from the date of upgrade.
  7. The Emirates Skywards member will be notified of the tier upgrade or they may view their Emirates Skywards account online at emirates.com.
  8. Emirates Skywards members must adhere to the Skywards Programme Rules in order to remain eligible for the Emirates Skywards Gold tier upgrade.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:07 pm
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Thanks for the link. For a Dubai-based member with limited time, I guess the best option is MCT-BAH/KWI plus a positioning flight. I am seeing options in either direction in the AED 6,500-7,000 range for flex. BAH/MCT-IST for even less. TRV, AMD, and CCU -- the only Indian destinations -- come up a bit more in my cursory search, as to the Pakistan destinations. Didn't do better on other non-premium-heavy destinations like CEB, CRK, or CMB.

Adding in the mini-vacation (including lounges in DXB) and mileage-run value, might be worth considering.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 12:38 am
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Clearly a Gold skywards devaluation instigated by EK!!
Do the few incremental new J Flex/Flex+ Return bookings for summer time (when there is a slow down, less business travelers , low season in Middle East) justify the devaluation of their program? It Doesn’t make sense unless its part of a broader strategy Skywards overall - ie., the New Business special with no lounge, no CD, etc...

Obviously the number of people that will book J flex EK return deliberated for this benefit will be minimal... but then there is a bunch people that werent even aware of this before hand and will turn Gold with one flight which is a good deal! It would be great to see the outcome on of how many new fast track to gold they got since the ticket purchase window is narrow (wont allow future change dates) and period of traveling too.. (ofc we wont ever know) but I Would guess that majority of the people whom can have this benefit this will be UAE residents as @mecabq said above... 6K AED (1.4K EUR) flight from MCT-BAH/KWI and/or from IKA .

Such a great opportunity for ones the whom lost Gold or really want it but from other hand a sad to see a own EK devaluation of a great program, which is never positive.

On a personal note, I will be extremely disappointed if they don’t honor my Plat renewal with 149,949 miles at the end of the cycle and bump me to Gold where I could achieve that with 6K AED....



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Fly in Business Class and upgrade your Emirates Skywards membership status to Gold"If you’re a Blue or Silver member, you can now upgrade to Gold simply by flying in Business Class to and from selected destinations on Flex or Flex plus fares, connecting through Dubai...Register by 26 July and travel by 20 August"

The link is only available to Emirates Skywards members.

Terms and conditions
  1. The Emirates Skywards 'Fly Business, get Gold tier' promotion is open to all Emirates Skywards members who:
    • a. are existing Emirates Skywards members, or who become a member by 23.59 (Dubai time) July 26, 2019.
    • b. have registered for the promotion by 23.59 on July 26, (Dubai time) either via email link, via emirates.com or through an Emirates Contact Center.
    • c. have completed issuance of an Eligible Ticket and Eligible Fare (return) between 00.01 on July 18, 2019 and 23.59 on July 26, (Dubai time), as per the 'Date of Issue' on the ticket receipt.
    • d. have commenced and completed their journey on Eligible Flights between 00.01am on 18 July 2019 and 11.59pm on 20 August 2019 (Dubai time).
  2. (a) To be eligible for this offer, the journey must commence from the following points of origin: Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Algiers, Amman, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basra, Beirut, Bologna, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Cebu, Christchurch, Clark, Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dallas, Dammam, Dar Es Salaam, Dhaka, Durban, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hanoi, Harare, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kabul, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, Luanda, Lusaka, Lyon, Madrid, Malta, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, Newcastle, Oslo, Peshawar, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Porto, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Saigon, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Sialkot, Singapore, Stockholm, Tehran, Thiruvananthapuram, Tunis, Venice, Warsaw, Yangon, Zagreb, Zurich.
    (b) To be eligible for this offer, the journey must be to following destinations: Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Algiers, Amman, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basra, Beirut, Bologna, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Cebu, Christchurch, Clark, Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dallas, Dammam, Dar Es Salaam, Dhaka, Durban, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hanoi, Harare, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kabul, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, Luanda, Lusaka, Lyon, Madrid, Malta, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, Newcastle, Oslo, Peshawar, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Porto, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Saigon, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Sialkot, Singapore, Stockholm, Tehran, Thiruvananthapuram, Tunis, Venice, Warsaw, Yangon, Zagreb, Zurich.
    (c) This offer is not applicable for travel to or from Dubai; between Abuja and Accra; Bangkok and Phnom Penh; Bangkok and Hong Kong; Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro; Cebu and Clark; Christchurch and Sydney; Colombo and Male; Conakry and Dakar; Harare and Lusaka; Larnaca and Malta; Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile; Singapore and Brisbane; Singapore and Melbourne.
  3. An Eligible Fare on Emirates is defined as: "Flex" or "Flex Plus" in Business Class ("Special" and “Saver” fare brands are not eligible), on a return basis. One-way journeys are not eligible for this offer.
  4. An Eligible Flight is defined as:
    a) an Emirates marketed flight with EK designator; operated by Emirates or flydubai.
    b) All other codeshare and interline flights are excluded from this offer.
  5. An Eligible Ticket is defined as a return journey on Eligible Flights and Eligible Fare, purchased via emirates.com, through Emirates Retail and Contact Centers or through a travel agent.
  6. An Emirates Skywards member who, at the discretion of Emirates Skywards, satisfies all of the above conditions, will be upgraded to Emirates Skywards Gold tier at the completion of their entire return ticketed journey. This tier upgrade to Gold will be valid for a period of one year from the date of upgrade.
  7. The Emirates Skywards member will be notified of the tier upgrade or they may view their Emirates Skywards account online at emirates.com.
  8. Emirates Skywards members must adhere to the Skywards Programme Rules in order to remain eligible for the Emirates Skywards Gold tier upgrade.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:00 am
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Originally Posted by Bubus78 View Post
Clearly a Gold skywards devaluation instigated by EK!!
Do the few incremental new J Flex/Flex+ Return bookings for summer time (when there is a slow down, less business travelers , low season in Middle East) justify the devaluation of their program? It Doesn’t make sense unless its part of a broader strategy Skywards overall - ie., the New Business special with no lounge, no CD, etc...

Obviously the number of people that will book J flex EK return deliberated for this benefit will be minimal... but then there is a bunch people that werent even aware of this before hand and will turn Gold with one flight which is a good deal! It would be great to see the outcome on of how many new fast track to gold they got since the ticket purchase window is narrow (wont allow future change dates) and period of traveling too.. (ofc we wont ever know) but I Would guess that majority of the people whom can have this benefit this will be UAE residents as @mecabq said above... 6K AED (1.4K EUR) flight from MCT-BAH/KWI and/or from IKA .

Such a great opportunity for ones the whom lost Gold or really want it but from other hand a sad to see a own EK devaluation of a great program, which is never positive.

On a personal note, I will be extremely disappointed if they don’t honor my Plat renewal with 149,949 miles at the end of the cycle and bump me to Gold where I could achieve that with 6K AED....
1. There's no devaluation of any benefits. A few more people gaining a tier isn't a devaluation.
2. No one will "accidentally" gain Gold through this, since it requires registration
3. Most people will not reposition to MCT just in order to obtain Gold for Dhs6k on an itinerary they don't need to fly in the first place. Gold isn't worth that much, and to most people it's not worth Dhs6k
4. I also hope they honour your Plat renewal
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Old Jul 19, 19, 3:07 am
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Old Jul 19, 19, 3:53 am
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Originally Posted by Bubus78 View Post
Such a great opportunity for ones the whom lost Gold or really want it but from other hand a sad to see a own EK devaluation of a great program, which is never positive.

On a personal note, I will be extremely disappointed if they don’t honor my Plat renewal with 149,949 miles at the end of the cycle and bump me to Gold where I could achieve that with 6K AED....
it is not a devalutation , it is simply a promotional offer ; nothing in the scheme has been devalued

If you have failed to reach the renewal criterion of 150k, then there is no reason to be disappointed if it chooses not to renew - this would surely be the expected situation where a clearly defined criterion is specified ; if it would be an extreme disappointment, perhaps might be worth taking a flight to get the remaining points and then meeting the requirement rather than gambling on being renewed despite meeting the requirement
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Old Jul 19, 19, 4:56 am
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Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
1. There's no devaluation of any benefits. A few more people gaining a tier isn't a devaluation.
2. No one will "accidentally" gain Gold through this, since it requires registration
3. Most people will not reposition to MCT just in order to obtain Gold for Dhs6k on an itinerary they don't need to fly in the first place. Gold isn't worth that much, and to most people it's not worth Dhs6k
4. I also hope they honour your Plat renewal

I am not against it nor I am complaining, I m just bit surprised (maybe not) on EK doing it - actually if I was skywards Silver or Blue I would deff consider EK as my next flight carrier in order to benefit on this 'promo' even if it would cost me more $... but thats me.

Now to second point, this is a chicken and egg scenario, you can call it a 'promo' or a 'temp deal' but at the end of the day this translates into product / service 'devaluation' since the moment that the provider changes the value/price for one to obtain/achieve it. Thats the same reason why outside the aviation space, a premium brand never goes on sale or offer 'promos' specifically for that reason - devalue perception. Yes its a all about perception since as one said there are no changes on the service I get. Same reason why they wont upgrade a pax to the next class cabin just because they have free seats there...
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Old Jul 19, 19, 5:17 am
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
No MAN or LON
Or DUB
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Old Jul 19, 19, 5:42 am
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Originally Posted by Bubus78 View Post

Now to second point, this is a chicken and egg scenario, you can call it a 'promo' or a 'temp deal' but at the end of the day this translates into product / service 'devaluation' since the moment that the provider changes the value/price for one to obtain/achieve it.
It is no more a devaluation than the value of a mars bar has been devalued if a 1/2 price offer is made

This is simply a promotion where those flying between the listed destinations have the opportunity to get gold status for a very limited period

If this was a general change that 1 business return would always give gold, that could be thought of as a devaluation - or more accurately that requirements to earn status have been lowered
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Old Jul 19, 19, 5:46 am
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
or more accurately that requirements to earn status have been lowered
Which ironically is usually seen as an improvement
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Old Jul 19, 19, 6:09 am
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Still can't decide if this is a gratuitious offer or an attempt to fill C-seats on certain routes during summer...
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Old Jul 19, 19, 6:40 am
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Originally Posted by felix_5000 View Post
Still can't decide if this is a gratuitious offer or an attempt to fill C-seats on certain routes during summer...
I think it's pretty obviously the latter
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Old Jul 19, 19, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
3. Most people will not reposition to MCT just in order to obtain Gold for Dhs6k on an itinerary they don't need to fly in the first place. Gold isn't worth that much, and to most people it's not worth Dhs6k
Agree. I decided against it primarily because I don't forecast enough travel next year to enjoy the benefits. Plus I receive Silver by virtue of a credit card, so the incremental value is not worth it to me.
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Old Jul 20, 19, 4:25 am
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I agree with the frustrations this offer provides, I think it is a kick in the face to all those who travel frequently and have earned their status and it a direct contradiction of the fact you cannot normally purchase tier miles but only air miles. Here is an example -

TUN-MCT a economy Flex+ can be purchased for around 850 quid (return)
TUN-MCT a business flex can be purchased for around 1350 quid (return)

So in effect someone can purchase Gold for the sake of 500 quid. So what happens on future overbooked flights? Two gold members both on Flex+ economy tickets and there is one op-up required.. Yes an extreme example, but a possibility nonetheless.
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Old Jul 20, 19, 4:39 am
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. . . . and it a direct contradiction of the fact you cannot normally purchase tier miles but only air miles.
I suppose it's similar to the triple miles (which included tier miles) promotion earlier this year where effectively you could buy status cheaply, so not unprecedented.
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