While many travellers may regard Silver status as just a 'stepping stone' towards higher and more-glitzy tiers, Emirates' Skywards Silver status is one of the few that is a bit more rewarding in its own right with a limited lounge access benefit. Here's everything you need to know about Skywards Silver.
How to earn Emirates Skywards Silver status
It takes 25 eligible flights or 25,000 Tier Miles on Emirates, FlyDubai and EK-marketed codeshare flights in a year to earn Skywards Silver status – exactly half of the requirements for Skywards Gold.
Emirates' Tier Miles are essentially the same 'status credits', being earned only on EK-coded flights depending on the distance flown and fare class.
It's not particularly difficult to earn Skywards Silver status, as you are practically guaranteed it after one return Sydney-Dubai-London business class journey with Emirates in any fare type except for 'Business Special' (in which case, you'd only 200 Tier Miles short anyway).
Indeed, with two such return flights in a year, you would be well within Skywards Gold territory already.
Head to the Emirates Mileage Calculator to see how many Tier Miles you can earn on your next journey.
Lounge access for Skywards Silver members
Once you've hit Skywards Silver, you'll enjoy complimentary access to any Emirates Business Class Lounges in Dubai.
Note that this doesn't extend to other Emirates-operated lounges around the world until you reach Skywards Gold, but it's a start. As expected, there aren't any guest allowances.
Paid upgrades to the Emirates first class lounges in Dubai are possible, for US$105 (A$150). Extra travellers with you can purchase entry direct for US$210 (A$300) per person. At Emirates' other worldwide lounges, Silver members and accompanying travellers can buy access for US$100 (A$143) per passenger.
There is no other lounge access included for Skywards Silver members travelling in economy on Emirates, FlyDubai, Qantas or any other airline partner.
Checked baggage allowance for Skywards Silver members
Silver status grants you a modest increase in baggage allowance, which is 12kg extra for routes that have the weight concept (essentially anywhere except for the Americas and certain destinations in the Middle East and Africa). There is no bonus allowance where the piece system is used. The 12kg extra allowance is also honoured on all Qantas flights.
Perks for Skywards Silver members
A few more Skywards Silver benefits make travelling a touch easier with Emirates. Standard economy seat selection is complimentary where a fee would normally be charged.
In Dubai, Silver members flying Economy can check-in at specially signed counters. Everywhere else and when flying with FlyDubai, Silver members can join Skyward Golds by check-in in at the business class counter. Priority boarding is offered as well, after Platinums and Golds. When flying with Qantas internationally, you can check-in at Premium Economy counters where offered.
You now have the ability to redeem your Skywards Miles for instant upgrades onboard, something that entry-level Blue tier passengers can't do. There's a discount for inflight WiFi as well, but Emirates stops short at providing free unlimited access which is a perk for Gold and Platinums.
In terms of earning points, Skywards Silver grants a 25% bonus for Skywards Miles with Emirates and FlyDubai, plus the ability to earn 1 Skywards Mile per US$1 spent at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.