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Fast on the heels of its new partnership with Qantas, Emirates just announced a new partnership with…EasyJet. I can’t imagine two airlines on more opposite sides of the spectrum, but it seems like Emirates is partnering strategically with everyone these days and that this move will open up lots of little European destinations to the carrier’s passengers.
Starting today, members of Emirates’ Skywards mileage program will be able to pay for EasyJet flights – including taxes, charges, airport fees and extra baggage allowance – using their miles. Redemptions will start at 7,500 miles for a one-way ticket and vary both on the distance flown and how far in advance the ticket is booked.
A lot of people seem to have Emirates miles floating around since you pretty much have to accrue the miles to Emirates when you fly them. Now you can put some of those stray miles to use. To book flights with easyJet, click here, log into your Skywards account and select ‘Book with easyJet’ to go to a new booking page where you can select from the airline’s destinations and your dates.
For instance, I just did a quick search of flights from Edinburgh to London Gatwick in December and found awards tickets ranging from 8,750 miles to 15,000 including taxes and fees. I chose a flight for 12,500 miles that would have cost 53.94 GBP ($86), so my cost per mile worked out to a measly 0.7 cents.
That actually seemed to be the magic number when pricing out tickets. Every one I priced out on EasyJet converted into a value of 0.7 cents per mile. For instance, this roundtrip from London to Gran Canaria (beach vacation!) for 175 GBP ($280…
Would require 40,000 miles – 0.7 cents each.
I chose to check one bag, and it added 2,500 miles to my total rather than the usual baggage fee of between 9-25 GBP ($14-$40) per bag. Keep in mind, on EasyJet, each passenger may select up to eight items of checked-in hold baggage. Please note the combined weight of your hold baggage must not exceed 20 kg.
While I’m not exactly jumping for joy over this news, it’s definitely an interesting development, and could be a good way to get rid of some spare Emirates miles that you have sitting around with nowhere to use them.
Here’s some more information from the terms and conditions:
- Skywards Miles can be redeemed online at skywards.com for easyJet flights and will be deducted from your account at the time of the booking.
- Reward flights are displayed per sector (for one-way or round trip) and are subject to availability with easyJet.
- easyJet flights must be confirmed at the time of mileage redemption. Waitlists are not permitted.
- Reward tickets are valid on flights operated by easyJet only.
- easyJet reward flights are valid only for the flight and date originally reserved. Failure to travel on the reserved flight and date will result in the forfeiture of the award ticket.
- Reward Ticket coupons cannot be used out of sequence.
- Children travelling on award tickets will be required to redeem the same amount of Miles as an adult.
- Infants under two weeks old are not accepted for travel. Infants aged between two weeks and two years will be charged at a discounted reward level.
- Any amendments or additions to your booking are not permitted and can only be made directly with easyJet if applicable or via easyJet.com. Skywards Miles cannot be used to pay for any changes.
- Miles can be paid for optional extras specified on the easyJet website at the time of initial booking only or directly with easyJet for cash.
- You will receive a booking confirmation email stating the total Miles redeemed for your reward. You will also receive a flight confirmation email directly from easyJet within 24 hours.
- Skywards reward tickets and easyJet optional extras are subject to easyJet terms and conditions. To view further details please click here.
- Expired Miles will not be reinstated.
- Fares include government taxes, airport and admin fees only. Any other charges or local taxes are excluded.
- If your flight/s are cancelled by easyJet due to disruption, you will be notified directly by easyJet on your registered email address and will be given the option to transfer to an alternative date, or request for a refund.
Also on a side note, there’s a little contest where if you’re among the first 30 people to redeem Skywards miles for an EasyJet ticket, you could win back up to 25,000 miles. T&C here.