Emirates Skywards and Alaska Airlines partner up for greater awards for frequent fliers

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If you’ve been racking up points with Emirates Skywards or Alaska Airlines, you can start flying with the new partner airline starting next week. Frequent fliers of the two airlines were able to start earning miles for each airline last year, but couldn’t fly until now.

Emirates just released their new their new awards chart for flying with Alaska Airlines using Skyward points. Fliers can now redeem 15,000 points for round trip tickets within California, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho Montana and Washington and 25,000 for domestic tickets within the rest of the lower 48 states. Redeeming your points with Alaska Air also allows you to now start flying to Mexico, Canada and throughout the States. With these new options, it’s a pretty sweet deal if you have accrued a ton of Skywards and need to fly domestically or to Mexico/Canada.

Emirates Skyward award chart for travel with Alaska Air:

Travelers that want to fly internationally in complete luxury can start using their Alaska Airlines points on Emirates flights. So if you have points with Alaska affiliate programs you could transfer them over to your Alaska Airlines points account to maximize your points and redeem them for flights with Emirates.

There are a couple perks to fly with Emirates and using your Alaska points to do it — one reason being that the mile high club took on a new meaning when Emirates included showers, yes showers on their planes. In fact, they’re the only commercial airline to give their travelers that option. You could be showering from 30,000 feet in the air while in first class, or sleeping on the flatbed seats in business class. I have some points from flying with US Airways and Horizon Air that I plan to transfer to Alaska and use towards building up my points for a shower in the sky, but I have some work to do.


Alaska’s award chart for travel with Emirates:

There are some easy ways to start building up the points with Alaska and Emirates, here’s how to do it:

1. Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa: This card comes with 25,000 bonus miles at enrollment. The business version of this card is also offering 25,000 bonus miles as well.

2. Alaska’s Dining Network: Dining networks are probably the easiest way to earn miles and Alaska has the Dining Rewards Network program. By linking credit cards or even debit cards to your Mileage Plan account and then dining at participating restaurants and bars, you could be earning up to 5 miles for every $1 spent. New members currently have a 500 mile bonus offer available for signing up.

3. Fill Out Surveys: If you’re short a few miles from reaching a points goal, then filling out surveys that airlines or credit cards offer in exchange for points is something you could try. They take some time and patience to fill out, but you could earn close to 300 points for every survey. Sometimes a survey could be quick and easy like a restaurant review rating.

4. Thanks Again Network: Frequent fliers could benefit from the Thanks Again Network especially considering the cost of food and magazines at airports. When you link five credit or debits cards to your account, you earn up to 5 miles for every dollar you spend at a participating airport for parking, shopping or eating.

One Mile at a Time has more details about the rewards program with Alaska Airlines and Emirates Skywards here . The program is effective start January 16!

Skywards is also offering bonus miles if you book a flight through Skywards Miles Accelerator. When you’re booking a flight, make sure the flight is a Miles Accelerator flight to get the bonus.

If you want to make sure that you’re getting a good return on your awards, you can use Awards Space to help you decide.

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