Emirates Skywards Miles Value: Redemptions and Cash Value

Emirates Skywards Miles can be redeemed for around 1.2 cents in value for award flights. Get the full list of redemption options and calculate average cash value.

Emirates Skywards Miles are primarily redeemed for award flights on Emirates and flydubai which gives you about 0.6 cents to 1.2 cents in value. You can also redeem your miles with 14 airline partners, select Marriott properties, vouchers, and more. Emirates Miles don't have the best value compare to other airlines, but flying Emirates is a unique experience.

Skywards Miles Value Calculator

Use the Emirates Skywards Miles Value Calculator to calculate the average cash value of Skywards Miles based on the redemption. You can enter any amount of Skywards Miles in the calculator.

Skywards Miles Value Calculator

Enter any amount of miles to see the average cash value.
Emirates Award Flights [Research]
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Emirates Award Flights [Average]
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Redeem For Award Flights

Skywards Miles can be redeemed for flights on Emirates, flydubai, and with several other partners. The amount of miles a flight will cost depends on the airline.

Flying Emirates

Skywards Miles can be used to pay the full cost of a ticket on Emirates. Classic rewards start at 15,000 Skywards Miles and cover the base fare of the ticket. Taxes and fees will have to be paid, but you can apply Skywards Miles to carrier-imposed charges. Skywards Miles doesn't have the best value when it comes to redeeming flights, but you will experience the luxury that is Emirates when doing so. Most redemptions are on the very high side averaging around 80k-100k for Economy, 150k-250k for Business, and 180k-360k for First Class flights. You can easily get 0.6 cents per Skywards Miles but I did find some redemptions for Business Class that were around 1.2 cents each depending on the day of departure.

Emirates Cash+Miles

You can apply Skywards Miles to your flight to bring down the cost of your ticket. You'll need at least 2,000 Skyward Miles in order to use the Cash+Miles option. The value of the miles you use will vary and is based by origin, destination, season, fare, cabin, and many more variables. Miles will apply to the base ticket fare and can only be used on Emirates-marketed and operated flights.

Seat Upgrades

Skywards Miles can be applied towards seat upgrades when flying Emirates. This can be done online through the Emirates website after you've already purchased a ticket, at check-in, and on-board. Upgrades start at 9,000 Skywards Miles. You can upgrade from Economy to Business or from Business to First.

Flying flydubai

Skywards Miles is also the frequent flyer currency of flydubai. Skywards Miles can be applied to flights, seat upgrades, and optional extras. When it comes to redeeming miles, flydubai is a lot more relaxed as they do not require any specific minimum balance. You can pay for bookings with a mix of cash and Skywards Miles and even use your miles to pay for per-ordered meals on board. Most bookings I found on flydubai averaged out around 0.6 cents per Skywards Mile.

The cost in AED versus the cost Skywards Miles. A value of ~0.6 cents (USD) for both Economy and Business Class.

Flying Airline Partners

Skywards Miles can be redeemed for flights on 14 partner airlines. The amount of miles and the cash value of the miles will depend on the airline and the flight. You can get the details of how many Skywards Miles is required flying partner airlines between zone and class by checking out Emirates Airline Partners Page.

You can earn Emirates Skywards Miles flying the following partners:

  • Air Maauritius
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Bangkok Airlines
  • Copa Airline
  • easyJet
  • GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
  • Japan Airline
  • JetBlue
  • Jetstar
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • S7 Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal

Other Redemption Options

Emirates has cut down on the list of redemption options over the past year or so. Outside of redeeming your miles towards airlines, your only options are a few select retail & lifestyle partners and select services directly through Emirates.

Retail & Lifestyle Partners

Emirates Skywards Miles can be redeemed towards a handful of retailers. Those retailers are:

  • Arabian Adventures
  • Damas
  • Dubai Duty Free
  • Magrudy's
  • marhaba
  • Ski Dubai
  • Wild Wadi Water Park

Emirates Portals & Services

Emirates provides a few non-airline options for redeeming your earned Skywards Miles. This includes booking vacation packages, shopping on their store, through their mobile app, and donating to charity.

  • Emirates Holidays
  • Emirates Official Store
  • Emirates Skywards Go
  • Emirates Crisis Relief


Emirates Skywards Miles are best used for award flights with Emirates and flydubai. You can obtain some pretty fair value per mile, but it will take a little research to get the best redemption values.

One of the best ways to obtain a large amount of Emirates Skywards Miles fast is by using Emirates Transfer Partners. You can earn sign up bonuses, run spend through partner credit cards, and transfer those earned rewards directly to your Skywards account to easily earn tens of thousands of miles quickly. You can use the Best Credit Cards For Emirates Miles tool to get a list of the best credit cards for earning Skywards Miles based on your spend.


How much are Emirates Miles worth?

Emirates Skymiles can easily be redeemed for 0.6 cents each, but you can get up to 1.2 cents per mile for higher class redemptions.

Are Emirates Skywards Miles worth it?

While Skywards Miles don't have the best value when compared to other airlines, Emirates offers great flight products and is a unique experience. So it could be worth it, but you might want to earn rewards with partner airlines and redeem them for flights on Emirates for better value.

How many Emirates Miles do you need for a ticket?

On average, Emirates redemptions will cost you 80k-100k for Economy, 150k-250k for Business, and 180k-360k for First.

What can I spend my Emirates Skywards Miles on?

Skywards Miles can be redeemed for flights on Emirates and flydubai, 14 partner airlines, select Marriott hotels, events around the world, and vouchers good for car rentals and retail partners.

Updated 2020-11-11 By Robert Flowers III

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