Emirates Miles To Dollars: Redemptions & Value Calculator

Points & Miles Value
Emirates Skywards Miles have an average value of about 1 cent each when redeemed for award flights with Emirates and their partners.
Last Updated 2022-08-08 By R.Flowers III

Emirates Skywards Miles will have the best value when redeem towards award flights with Emirates, flydubai, and other airline partners. The Point Calculator values Emirates Skywards Miles to be worth around 1 cent in value when used for flights.

This is pretty low compared to other airlines, but flying Emirates is a unique experience that can be well worth the low redemption value if you have the miles to do so.

How To Earn Emirates Miles

The best way to quickly earn lots Emirates Skywards miles is through intro bonuses and everyday spending across partner credit cards. Emirates is a direct transfer partner of all major U.S. credit card rewards programs which makes it very easy to earn lots of Skywards miles.

Citi ThankYou Rewards

Citi ThankYou Rewards points can be transferred to Emirates Skywards at a 1:1 ratio meaning that 1,000 Citi points can be converted to 1,000 Emirates Skywards miles. Do note that you must be a Citi Premier cardholder in order to transfer ThankYou points to Citi's partners.

You can earn ThankYou points with these Citi credit cards:

  • Best For Everyday Spending & Travel
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • Best For Automatically Maximizing Rewards
    Earn $200 cash back after you spend $1,500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening. This bonus offer will be fulfilled as 20,000 ThankYou® Points, which can be redeemed for $200 cash back.

American Express Membership Rewards

American Express Membership Rewards points can be transferred to Emirates Skywards at a 1:1 ratio. This means that every 1,000 AMEX points you transfer will give you 1,000 Emirates Skywards miles.

Here are a few of the best credit card offers for earning Membership Rewards points:

  • Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Travel
    Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Best For Restaurants & U.S. Supermarkets
    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.
  • Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Business Travel
    Earn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Best For Business Rewards with No Annual Fee
    Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.

Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to Emirates Skywards at a 1:1 ratio meaning that every 1,000 Chase points you transfer to Emirates will give you 1,000 Emirates Skywards miles.

Here are the best credit cards for earning Ultimate Rewards points:

  • Best For High Value & Travel Benefits
    Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Best For Flexible Travel Rewards
    Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Best For Flexible Business Travel Rewards
    Earn 100k bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 cash back or $1,250 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Capital One Miles

Capital One Venture miles and Spark miles can be transferred to Emirates Skywards at a 1:1 ratio. This means every 1,000 miles you transfer from Capital One will give you 1,000 Emirates Skywards miles.

You can earn Capital One miles with these top credit cards:

  • Best For Unlimited Miles On Purchases
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
  • Best For Travel Rewards
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
  • Best For Business Travel Rewards
    Earn a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles – equal to $500 in travel – once you spend $4,500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.

Emirates Award Flights

The Point Calculator values Emirates Skywards Miles at 1 cent per point. This is not a hard redemption value to achieve, but it will take a little bit of research.

This is because it is very easy to get less than 1 cent in value per point as most redemptions with Emirates are very costly. You're looking at an average round trip price of 80,000 to 100,000 miles in Economy, 150,000 to 250,000 miles in Business, and 180,000 to 360,000 in miles First.

And the cash prices for these will range from a few hundred in Economy to a few thousands to tens of thousands in Business/First class.

While your points will not be worth much, the experience of flying Emirates is well worth it.

With that being said, lets take a look at a few of the best options for redeeming your Emirates Skywards Miles for great value.

Emirates' New First Class Suites

Emirates' New First Class Suites is the most sought after product in the Emirates line-up. These are featured on some 777-300ER aircraft and are primarily to destinations in Europe.

These are the first suites to ever be fully-enclosed which grants you privacy and peace from the other happens of the plane. On top of that, they feature temperature and lighting control, virtual windows for middle seats, motorized shades, and much more.

The New First Class Suites will run you around 135,000 Emirates Skywards Miles round-trip to/from Dubai (DXB) with a few exceptions. The routes for these suites are subject to change at anytime, but these are the most common routes you can find these suites:

  • Brussels (BRU)
  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Geneva (GVA)
  • Kuwait City (KWI)
  • New York City (JFK)
  • Paris (CDG)
  • London Stansted (STN)
  • Riyadh (RUH)
  • Singapore (SIN)
  • Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  • Vienna (VIE)

Both Kuwait City (KWI) and Riyadh (RUH) are short-haul routes which means you can experience the New First Class Suites for only 45,000 Emirates Skywards Miles.

Use Emirates Miles to get to the Maldives! Photo Credit: Asad Photo Maldives

Fly To The Maldives or Seychelles

You can fly from North America to the Maldives or Seychelles in the luxury that is Emirates. For a round trip flight from eastern North America, this will cost you:

  • Economy: 85,000 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Business: 170,000 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • First: 255,000 Emirates Skywards Miles

And from western North America, it will cost you:

  • Economy: 90,000 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Business: 180,000 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • First: 270,000 Emirates Skywards Miles

Emirates Fifth-Freedom Flights

A Fifth-freedom flight is when a carrier operates between two countries in which neither is the airline's home base. Emirates offers several fifth-freedom routes from the U.S. that can give you some great value for your miles. These routes are:

  • New York (JFK) and Milan (MXP)
  • Newark (EWR) and Athens (ATH

One-way awards on either of these routes will cost you:

  • Economy: 38,750 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Business: 62,500 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • First: 85,000 Emirates Skywards Miles

There's also some other solid non-U.S. routes including:

  • Bangkok (BKK) and Phnom Penh (PNH)
  • Sydney (SYD) and Christchurch (CHC)

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.

flydubai Award Flights

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.

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

Convert Emirates Miles To Dollars

Use the Emirates Skywards Miles Value Calculator to determine the cash value of Skywards Miles for flights. This will help give you an idea of how much your miles are worth when redeemed.

Enter any amount of Emirates Skywards Miles to calculate the dollar value.
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Use Emirates Miles or Pay Cash?

Use this calculator to determine the cash value of a redemption based on the cost in cash and the cost in Emirates Skywards Miles. This is useful when trying to decide whether to use cash or Skywards Miles to book a flight.

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Cost of Redemption In Emirates Skywards Miles
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The Point Calculator values Emirates Skywards Miles at 1 cent each.

FAQ

How much are Emirates Miles worth?

Emirates Skymiles can easily be redeemed for around 1 cent 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, events around the world, and vouchers good for car rentals and retail partners.