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.

Emirates is a direct transfer partner of many rewards programs, but if you're looking to earn lots of Emirates Skywards Miles, you'll want to aim for American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards due to the high earnings and 1:1 transfer ratios.

American Express Membership Rewards offers a large line up of credit cards that can earn you 2x to 5x across various categories such as restaurant, supermarket, gas station, and general travel spend. The best card in the bunch is typically the AMEX Gold Card which earns the equivalent of 4x Emirates Skywards Miles on U.S. supermarket and worldwide restaurant spend along with 3x miles on airfare.

The Citi ThankYou Rewards Program doesn't offer as many cards as AMEX, but you can still earn a solid 2x to 5x points across popular categories such as dining, supermarket, and travel spend. The sweet spot in the program is the Citi Premier Card which earns the equivalent of 3x Emirates Skywards Miles on airfare, hotels, gas stations, supermarkets, and restaurant purchases.

Emirates also offers two of it's own credit cards called the Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard and Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard. Both cards earn a solid return on general travel spend, but you'll typically earn a lot more points using transfer partner credit cards. I'd only recommend either of the cards listed above if you wanted complimentary Emirates Skywards status and wanted to run $20k/$40k in spend across the cards to keep it after the first year.

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.

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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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