Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East and operates over 3,600 flights per week from it's hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB). They fly to more than 160 destinations in 80 countries. Emirates is not part of any alliance, but they do partner with many airlines in which you can earn and redeem Emirates Skywards Miles.
flydubai is also part of the Emirates Skywards program. They are a government-owned budget airline based out of Dubai International Airport (DXB) that flies to over 100 different destinations, serving the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe from Dubai. flydubai is not part of any of the major alliances.
Emirates Credit Cards
Emirates offers two credit cards held by Barclays. You can generally earn a higher rate of Skywards Miles using transfer partner credit cards, but if you fly Emirates often and you're looking for additional benefits (at least for the first year), you may want to consider one of these cards.
Emirates Skywards Miles Calculators
Useful Resources & Links
Does Emirates have U.S. credit cards?
Can you transfer points to Emirates?
Yes. You can transfer points to Emirates using 15 different partners.
How many AMEX Points do you need to transfer to Emirates?
You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points for 1,000 Emirates Skywards Miles.
How many Chase Points do you need to transfer to Emirates?
You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for 1,000 Emirates Skywards Miles.
How many Citi Points do you need to transfer to Emirates?
You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points for 1,000 Emirates Skywards Miles.
Can you transfer Emirates Skywards Miles to other programs?
No. You can only transfer points to your Emirates Skywards account.
Can you transfer hotel loyalty points to Emirates Skywards Miles?
Yes, several hotel programs allow you to transfer points directly to your Skywards account. Marriott, IHG, and Shangri-La have the more favorable transfer ratios out of the bunch.
What is the best rewards program for earning Emirates Skywards Miles?
For most, AMEX Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards are going to be the two best programs for earning Skywards Miles via point transfers. Chase Ultimate Rewards is also a good secondary option.
What's the best credit card for earning Emirates Skywards Miles?
The best credit card will depend on how much you spend across different categories. You can use the Best Credit Cards For Emirates Miles calculator to find out the cards that earn you the most points and best return.