Best Credit Cards For Earning Emirates Skywards Miles

Enter your monthly spend across several categories to get a list of the best credit cards for earning Emirates Skywards miles that fits your spend habit.

If you're looking to build your Skywards Miles with Emirates, the best option is going to be the American Express Membership Rewards program.

AMEX Membership Rewards

American Express Membership Rewards Points transfers to Emirates at a 1:1 ratio meaning 1,000 Membership Rewards Points is equal to 1,000 Skywards Miles. With that in mind, you'll be able to earn 1 to 2 Skywards Miles per £1 spent on all purchases with most of the credit card line up. Which card you choose will depend on the perks and benefits you're looking for and how much you plan on spending on the card. If you're big on travel and want to experience top notch travel benefits, you'll may want to go with the American Express Platinum Card. If you want a simple card that doesn't come with all the bells and whistles, the American Express Green Card may be a good option. There's a handful of cards that fall in-between these two cards as well.

Hotel Loyalty Programs

Emirates Skywards Miles can be earned by transferring rewards from a decent amount of hotel loyalty programs. This will not earn you as many miles as using Membership Rewards Points credit cards, but it's a good option if you need to top off your account. Of the transfer partners, Marriott has the best transfer ratio which is 1 Skywards Mile for every 3 Marriott Bonvoy Points transferred. Marriott also has the Marriott Bonvoy AMEX Card which can earn you additional Bonvoy Points transferrable to Emirates if you're really looking to build your balance on Marriott stays.

Best Credit Card Calculator

This calculator will give you a list of the best credit cards for earning Emirates Skywards Miles based on your monthly, yearly, or quarterly spend across different categories. Results will include credit cards that earn Skywards Miles directly and credit cards that earn rewards that are transferable to your Skywards Miles account.

Credit Card Search Types

Best Cards By Estimated Return - Get a list of credit cards that gives you the best return. This is based on spend, currency value, annual credits, and annual fees.

Best Cards By Total Points - Get a list of credit cards that earns you the most points/miles based on spend. Currency value, annual credits, and annual fees are not factored into this search. Great for those who get waived fees (i.e. military).

After your results are displayed, I recommend clicking on a card's Rewards Calculator. This allows you to come up with a more accurate number by adjusting the cash value of perk, being able to calculate spend bonuses & other savings, add in sign up bonuses, toggle annual fees and authorized user fees, and much more. You'll also be able to compare the results side by side any credit card featured on the site!

Click on Rewards Calculator to compare credit cards side by side based on spend, benefits, and fees. You can also change any credit card to reflect transfer partner ratios (when applicable).
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Do note that results may take a few seconds to generate after doing a search. For more accurate results, I recommend using the Rewards Calculator. Some credit cards may appear in this list more than once if there's more than one path to transferring rewards. Credit cards with negative returns may also appear in this list, but be sure to consider the perks of the card before canceling it out as an option!
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