Emirates Announces New Boston Service and How to Use Miles to Fly Them

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The new route will be serviced by a 777-200LR.
The new route will be serviced by a 777-200LR.

Earlier today, Emirates announced it would begin a new non-stop service from Boston to Dubai starting March 10, 2014. Emirates currently flies non-stop from Dubai to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, New York and Washington DC in the US, and Toronto in Canada. Boston will be the airline’s ninth US gateway.

EK237 will depart Dubai at 9:45AM and arrive in Boston at 3:15PM. The return flight, EK 238, will take off from Boston at 10:55PM and land in Dubai at 7:10PM the next day. The new route will be flown aboard one of the airline’s 777-200LR’s.

So far in 2013, Emirates has launched new routes to Warsaw, Algiers, Tokyo Haneda and Stockholm. In the coming months, flights will begin to Clark International in the Philippines, between Milan and New York, to Conakry in Guinea, Sialkot in Pakistan, Kabul, Kiev and Taipei as the airline expands upon its current 134-destination network.

Boston will be Emirates' 8th US destination.
Boston will be Emirates’ 8th US destination.

If you want to fly the new route for yourself, you’ve got a few options.

If you have Emirates Skywards miles, it would require 72,500 roundtrip in economy, 145,000 miles roundtrip in business and 217.500 miles in first. Emirates is a 1:1 transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest (and you get a 5,000-mile bonus per 20,000-point transfer), so you would need 60,000 points roundtrip for economy, 120,000 points roundtrip for business class, and 177,500 (or just round up to 178,000) points for a roundtrip first class award.

Emirates is also partners with Alaska – another transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest – and Korean Air, a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. So if you have Alaska miles, here’s the Emirates partner award chart:

Alaska Emirates ChartAs you can see, you can fly from North America to the Middle East for 42,500 miles each way in economy, 72,500 miles each way in business, or 90,000 miles each way in first class. Starwood is a 1:1 transfer partner of Alaska, but remember you get a 5,000-mile bonus per 20,000 points you transfer, so economy would require 37,500 Starpoints, business class would require 60,000 points, and first class would require 75,000 Starpoints each way.

With Korean Air, you can find the Emirates partner award chart here, and below:Korean Emirates chartA roundtrip award from Dubai to the US requires 70,000 miles in economy, 140,000 miles in business and 210,000 miles in first – so you’d be better off using Korean Air miles for economy and business roundtrips, but Alaska miles for first class. Keep in mind, Korean Air is a partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, so for instance if you got the current sign-up bonuses on the Ink Plus and Ink Bold (50,000 points each for spending $5,000 in 3 months) and the Sapphire Preferred (40,000 points for spending $3,000 in 3 months) you would have enough Ultimate Rewards points to transfer to Korean Air for a roundtrip business class award.

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