Upgrading to Emirates business class and first class will soon be out of reach for members of Emirates’ Skywards frequent flyer scheme who are travelling on the cheapest tickets.
From February 1, the most affordable fares in business and economy will be categorised as Business Special and Economy Special tickets for which upgrades will not be permitted.
That’s different to the current scheme whereby Skywards members can upgrade to the next-highest travel class on Emirates flights regardless of how much their ticket costs.
But with ‘Special’ fares taking over at the bottom of both business class and economy, travellers may need to part with a little extra cash to secure a luxurious suite in first class:
As an extra blow, Business Special fares earn the same number of Skywards Miles and Tier Miles as a regular Economy Flex Plus ticket – so even though you’re paying a premium to fly at the front, your points haul is no better than down the back.
Speaking of economy, a one-way trek from Sydney to London Heathrow via Dubai would net a mere 3,100 Skywards Miles and Tier Miles on an Economy Special ticket, down from 6,400 Skywards Miles and Tier Miles on today’s cheapest seats.
As earlier reported by Australian Business Traveller, Emirates' new Business Special fares will also lose the 25% premium cabin bonus in the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, reducing their Qantas Points earning to the same level as an EK economy fare.
More on Emirates and Skywards:
- Emirates cuts Qantas Frequent Flyer points on business class, economy flights
- Emirates' Skywards frequent flyer scheme for Aussie travellers
- Upgrading to business class on Emirates
- Emirates first class upgrade guide
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