The cost of those 'free' reward flights with Emirates just got more expensive, with the airline adding a fuel surcharge to reward flights made using Skywards points from March 31, 2013.
Travellers will be able to pay the surcharge "with cash or Skywards Miles"< Emirates has advised Skywards members. "The surcharge will be displayed as part of the taxes payable on your reward ticket and will be aligned to the surcharge applicable on commercial tickets."
The airline claims that while surcharges have previously been excluded from Emirates Skywards reward tickets, "given the volatility of the fuel price, it is no longer possible for Emirates to absorb this cost on Skywards Reward tickets."
This is the second major change to Emirates' Skywards frequent flyer program in a fortnight.
Last week saw an increase in the number of Skywards miles needed to claim free reward flights or upgrades for itineraries starting from Australia, although this was accompnied by a boost to the number of Skywards Miles earned for flights out Australia.
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