Buying Emirates Skywards Miles

Get the details on buying Emirates Skywards Miles including the costs, when to buy them, and how to buy them.

If you're unable to transfer points to your Emirates Skywards account using Emirates Transfer Partners, the next best option is to buy Skywards Miles. Buying miles will immediately put them in your account and they will be available for you to redeem with Emirates or flydubai.

Cost To Buy Skywards Miles

Emirates Skywards Miles will cost you 3 cents per mile (USD) no matter how many miles you purchase. There's no taxes on top of that so there's no additional costs associated with buying them.

Buying Skywards Miles
Skywards Miles Cost
Cost Per Mile
1,000 - 200,000 Miles 3 Cents

Skywards Miles can be purchased in 1,000-mile increments. You can buy as little as 2,000 Skywards Miles for $60 USD. The maximum amount of Skywards Miles you can buy per transaction and per calendar year will depend on your Skywards Membership Tier. Silver and Blue Tier Members will be able to buy up to 100,000 Skywards Miles per transaction for $3,000 USD and up to 100,000 Skywards Miles per year. Platinum and Gold Tier Members will be able to buy up to 200,000 Skywards Miles per transaction for $6,000 USD and up to 200,000 Skywards Miles per calendar year.

Skywards Miles Buy Limits
Buy Skywards Miles Min/Max
Silver/Blue Tier Platinum/Gold Tier
Minimum Purchase
Per Transaction
2,000 Miles 2,000 Miles
Maximum Purchase
Per Transaction
100,000 Miles 200,000 Miles
Maximum Purchase
Per Calendar Year
100,000 Miles 200,000 Miles

Do note that purchased Skywards Miles will not count toward qualification for any increased or improved status in the Emirates Skywards Program.

When To Buy Skywards Miles

Buying Emirates Skywards Miles to top off your account is a great option if you're close to a redemption and you're unable to transfer rewards to your account. This gives you an almost instant way to come up with the miles you need.

If you're looking to buy a large amount of Emirates Skywards Miles, you'll want to make sure that you can redeem them for more than what you paid for them which is 3 cents per mile. This can be a little challenging to do since Skywards Miles hovers around 1 to 1.2 cents each on average. That's not to say that you can't find some great business/first class redemptions that can give you such value. Just be sure to run the calculations before you buy lots of Skywards Miles. That way you'll know if it's worth it.

25% Discount

If you own the Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard or Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard, you'll receive a 25% discount when buying or gifting Emirates Skywards Miles.

How To Buy Skywards Miles

If you're ready to add some Emirates Skywards Miles to your account, it's easy. You can buy Skywards Miles by following these steps:

  1. Head to the Emirates Buy Miles page.
  2. Log into your Emirates Skywards account.
  3. Select how many Skywards Miles you want to buy.
  4. Enter in your payment information.
  5. Review the order and agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Click Buy Miles.

Your purchased miles should post to your account within a few minutes, but it can take up to 48 hours as outline by the terms and conditions. Once the miles hit your account, you'll be able to redeem them as normal.


Buying Emirate Skywards Miles can be useful if you need to top off your account due to being close to a redemption. With them costing 3 cents each, I wouldn't recommend buying lots of miles unless you're able to redeem them for more than what you paid for them.

If you find yourself needing miles more often than not, you can get a list of the Best Credit Cards For Emirates Skywards Miles based on how much you spend across different categories. You can also check out Emirates Travel Partners to learn how you can earn Skywards Miles renting cars, booking hotels, and shopping!

Updated 2020-09-17 By Robert Flowers III

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