Monday - Jan 22, 2018

How to Book Emirates Business Class/First Class For Free?


Have an upcoming trip to India?  Why not travel in a premium cabin for free? In this post, we will explain how you can travel to India for free on Emirates Business/First Class.

Earlier, We have covered travelling on Etihad Airways and Cathay Pacific using miles.

Things to consider when Choosing Emirates

  • Emirates A380 First Class is a well rated product in the travel industry.  If you are travelling in First Class on Emirates A380, you can have a shower at 35,000 feet.

 

First Class

 

  • You may have an option to do a stopover in Dubai depending on the frequent flyer program you choose.

 

 

How to travel on Emirates Airways using Miles?

There are multiple frequent flyer programs you can book an award tickets with Emirates.

1. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan:

You can book award travel on Emirates using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. If you are travelling with out any Infants and want to fly in business or first class, redeeming Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles would offer great value.

Alaska Airlines will not be able to issue infant tickets, which means you have to contact Emirates for infant ticket. Emirates will charge 10% of the adult revenue fare in the same class of travel. You may have to pay more than $1,000 for an infant when travelling in Business/First class.

You will have the option to add a stopover in Dubai if interested.

You need

– 42,500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for a one way economy award from USA to India

– 72,500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for a one way business class award from USA to India

– 90,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for a one way first class award from USA to India

 

Emirates First Class award from USA to India for 90,000 Alaska Miles

                                       Emirates First Class award from USA to India for 90,000 Alaska Miles

 

How to earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles?

There are not many ways to earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles. You can earn

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card:

You can earn 25,000 bonus miles upon account approval and annual fee $75 is not waived for the first year. But,  you can get $100 statement credit after making $1,000 or more in eligible purchases, when you follow this method.

You may be able to get multiple cards as BOA does not have any restriction (for now) on earning multiple bonuses. The number of cards you can get approved for depends on your credit history, income, relationship with BOA, duration from your previous application and more..

 

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit card: You can earn 30,000 Starpoints (Through 09/14/2015)  after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer Starpoints to Alaska Airlines Mileage plan at a 1:1 ratio and you also get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.

 

2. Japan Airlines(JAL) Mileage Bank:

You can redeem JAL Mileage Bank miles for Emirates awards. JAL Mileage Bank uses a distance based award chart and is very attractive. JAL Mileage Bank allows one way awards, up to 6 segments per award and two stopovers. JAL fuel surcharges are very reasonable for Emirates awards (up to $78.20)

 

JAL

 

For example, You can travel from Los Angeles – Dubai – Bangalore – Dubai – Milan – New York for 155,000 JAL Miles in First Class, with a stopover in Dubai and Milan.

 

Sample Award

 

If you choose to return to Los Angeles, the total distance just goes beyond 20,000 miles which requires 200,000 JAL Miles.

 

How can you earn JAL Mileage Bank miles?

Earning JAL Miles is the hardest part, there are not many options to earn JAL Miles. Starwood is the only transfer partner that lets you transfer to JAL Mileage Bank.

 

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit card: You can earn 30,000 Starpoints (through 09/14/2015) after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer Starpoints to JAL Mileage Bank at a 1:1 ratio and you also get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.

 

3.  Emirates Skywards:

Emirates Skywards Miles program is too expensive, you will need a boat load of miles for a one way award to India and you will have to pay fuel surcharges on top of that.

For example: You need 123,750 Skywards miles + $770 in taxes/fees for a one way business class award from Dallas to Bengaluru.

Similarly, You need 168,750 Skywards miles + $770 in taxes/fees for a one way first class award from Dallas to Bengaluru.

 

How to earn Emirates Skywards Miles?

Transfer Amex Membership rewards

You can transfer Amex Membership rewards to Emirates Skywards at 1:1 ratio. You can earn Amex Membership rewards from Amex EveryDay Credit card , Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card, Amex Platinum , Amex Business gold rewards card, Business platinum

 

You can transfer Membership Rewards to Delta

You can transfer Membership Rewards to Emirates Skywards

 

Tips:

1. Note that Starpoints can be transferred to all the 3 frequent flyer programs mentioned in this post. This explains the value of Starpoints.

 

 

Conclusion:

You can book an award seat on Emirates using Alaska Miles, Japan Airlines Miles or Emirates Skywards Miles. Out of all the 3 options, the most viable option is booking with Alaska Miles.

If you have a huge balance of Starpoints, you can get excellent value by transferring Starpoints to Japan Airlines Mileage Bank and redeeming for Emirates awards.

 

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