• Emirates is now selling Skywards Gold membership for US$800

    Want Gold frequent flyer status – along with perks such as lounge access and a higher checked luggage allowance – but haven't been able to clock up the necessary status credits? If you're a Silver member of Emirates' Skywards rewards program, check your inbox – the airline is n...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2017 15 Comments

  • Emirates now allows paid guest entry at worldwide airport lounges

    Emirates already lets economy class passengers pay their way into the airline's flagship business class and first class lounges at Dubai. Now the Gulf powerhouse and Qantas partner is extending the scheme across its global lounge network, although at this stage not everybody can walk up and wave...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 15 Comments

  • Five other frequent flyer programs you should know about

    Australian travellers are familiar with both Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer, but there’s more to the world of airline loyalty programs than just this home-grown duo. In fact, with Qantas overhauling its frequent flyer program from July 1, many travelle...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2014 3 Comments

  • Emirates Skywards Gold lounge guest privileges return Wednesday

    Emirates' Skywards frequent flyers holding a Gold membership card but flying economy will be able to bring guests into the Emirates Lounges worldwide from this Wednesday, 27 February, the airline confirms. Golds will also have guesting privileges at the Emirates businesss class lounges in Dubai'...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2013 8 Comments

  • Qantas Frequent Flyer or Emirates Skywards: which is better?

    Now that Qantas and Emirates are forging forwards with their alliance, which takes effect from April 1, frequent flyers are considering which of the two airlines' programs makes more sense for Australians — Qantas Frequent Flyer or Emirates Skywards? With a new Platinum Skywards tier&...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2013 13 Comments

  • Platinum frequent flyers weigh up benefits of Emirates' new tier

    With Emirates introducing a new Skywards Platinum tier, matching up to Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum in advance of the Qantas-Emirates alliance, business travellers have been taking a hard look at the new benefits unveiled as part of the alliance and comparing ...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2013 4 Comments

  • Qantas, Emirates reveal full alliance and frequent flyer benefits

    Qantas and Emirates will offer an extended range of perks for business travellers and frequent flyers across their new alliance, which comes into force on 1 April. Frequent flyers with Qantas Platinum and Gold status, along with Qantas Club members, will enjoy reciprocal lounge access, whil...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2013 29 Comments

  • Full details: Emirates' new Skywards Platinum frequent flyer tier

    Emirates is introducing a new Platinum level to its Skywards frequent flyer program, with the top tier membership matched to Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum as the Qantas-Emirates alliance comes into play on April 1. After the airline emailed its members with some initial information over the wee...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2013 5 Comments

  • Windows 8 tablets take flight with Emirates for instant upgrades

    Emirates will roll out over 1,000 Windows 8 tablets across its fleet next year, with the ability to grant instant upgrades to bump passengers to business class or even first class -- provided they've got enough frequent flyer points to pay for it, of course. The tablets, supplied by HP, will als...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2012 2 Comments

  • Emirates offers bonus Skywards points from Sydney to Europe

    IN BRIEF | Emirates is stumping up bonus Skywards members travelling from Sydney to Europe in May – as long as you're on the daily EK415 flight out of Sydney, which leaves at 6am and is a Boeing 777 rather than Emirates' flagship A380 (which also means no inflight Internet for you). B...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2012 2 Comments

  • Emirates offering miles, money for "downgrades" from Airbus A380

    Have you booked a flight on one of Emirates' Airbus A380s but ended up travelling on a Boeing 777, Airbus A330 or Airbus A340 due to those aircraft being substituted for the superjumbo? Then you're due a stack of Skywards miles or a partial refund on your ticket as compensation -- and that'...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2012 3 Comments

  • Emirates & Alaska Airlines partner on points, 'double miles' deal

    IN BRIEF | A new partnership between Emirates and Alaska Airlines not only allows travellers to rack up points in either airline's frequent flyer program, but to double their miles from March through May this year. It's all part of the launch of Emirates first flights from Dubai to Sea...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • Emirates opens second First Class lounge in Dubai

    Most world-class airlines offer a flagship first class lounge at their home airport, but Emirates now boasts a second first class lounge at Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3. Located at Concourse 1 in front of the Business Class Lounge, the lounge offers first class passeng...

    POSTED 9 Aug, 2011 1 Comment

  • Get the points: Emirates now allows Skywards points to be transferred and sold

    Here's good news if you're sitting on a stack of Emirates Skywards frequent flyer points, or alternatively, if you don't quite have enough Skywards points for your next trip or upgrade. Emirates now allows Skywards points to be transferred any other Skywards member, instead of limiting the ...

    POSTED 10 Jun, 2011 1 Comment

  • Emirates cuts back on lounge guest privileges for Skywards Gold members

    Emirates is tightening its rules for guess access to its lounges worldwide, and even gold-class status members of its Skywards frequent flyer program are not exempt. Starting this week, Skywards Gold members flying in economy class are no longer permitted to bring a guest into Emirates lounges. ...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2011 3 Comments

  • Emirates Skywards and Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards end frequent flyer partnership

    Emirates will close its Skywards frequent flyer partnership with Virgin Blue's Velocity Rewards at the end of March, so frequent flyers hoping to redeem points across the two programmes this year should book tickets quickly. It's still possible to make reward bookings across the two airlines for...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Emirates allies with JetBlue for single-ticket US travel

    Emirates and JetBlue have inked a deal allowing travellers to book a single ticket for journeys involving the two airlines, including single check-in and baggage transfer. The partnership means Australian travellers can now fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbaner and Perth to New York (via Dubai) ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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