- Pick up Skywards Gold status after just one return trip
- Grab Skywards Platinum after flying to both Europe and North America
- Skywards members can use Qantas lounges when flying abroad or even domestically
- Open to all Australian Skywards members beginning their journey in Perth
Emirates is reaching out to jaded Qantas travellers from Perth with a fast track to Skywards Gold status: yours after only one return trip in business or first class.
Curiously timed, the offer covers travel from July 21 2014 – just as Qantas’ last flight from Perth to Singapore takes off for good, leaving Western Australians with only seasonal Qantas flights to Auckland over the summer.
Residents of the mining capital can pick up double tier miles when starting their journey on EK423 to Dubai, although Emirates’ other daily flights from Perth don’t qualify.
From there, you’ll continue to earn double tier miles on the entire itinerary on Emirates-operated flights, although Qantas flights from Dubai to London, even when booked as an Emirates (EK) codeshare, aren't eligible for double tier miles.
How it's done
Ordinarily, passengers travelling from Perth to either London, Paris or Rome and back in business class would reel in 34,826 tier miles on a Flex fare, which is more than enough for a Skywards Silver membership.
Under the targeted promotion, that weighs in at an impressive 69,652 tier miles – nearly 20,000 miles beyond the threshold for Skywards Gold status!
Those bound for The Big Apple normally pull in 31,000 tier miles on a business class Saver fare, so the side serve of extra tier miles is also enough to land Skywards Gold.
The bonuses hit your account after returning to Australia, where you’ll then enjoy perks like lounge access when stuck in economy and a higher baggage allowance in all classes.
Better yet, Skywards Gold opens the door to domestic Qantas Clubs and international business class lounges when flying with the Red Roo, so you’re all set when taking the odd Qantas flight.
Reach for Skywards Platinum
For more frequent travellers, taking a trip to Europe while also booking that New York sojourn as a Flex fare in business nets a staggering 156,452 tier miles under the promotion.
Qualifying for Skywards Gold three times over in the same year sees you with a newly-minted Skywards Platinum card.
At the top of the pecking order, these travellers can make use of Qantas’ first class lounges whenever flying with either Qantas or Emirates internationally, and have the keys to the domestic business class lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.
To take your Skywards membership to the next level – whether that's Gold or Platinum – you’ll need to register for the promotion through the Emirates website.
The fine print
Double tier miles are up for grabs on all bookings ticketed before August 15 2014 – including those already made – for travel between July 21 and September 30 2014.
Although geared towards Perth residents, the offer is open to all Skywards members with an Australian address, so crafty travellers on the east coast might consider jetting to Perth before travelling to Dubai and beyond to lock in that Skywards status.
(If that’s your plan, you’ll need to make a separate booking for your domestic connecting flight, as the offer only applies when EK423 is the first flight on the reservation.)
With many rusted-on Qantas Frequent Flyer members now looking for an alternative, there's never been a better time to join Skywards and add an Emirates card to your passport wallet.
Further reading: The Emirates Skywards frequent flyer scheme for Aussie travellers
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