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

by on September 19, 2013 · 18 comments

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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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  • traveller

    Why not from Atlanta? JFK is already being served by Emirates close to Boston.

  • Alter

    JAL seemed like less miles. Stli possible?

  • eric

    Can you book a one way ticket on emirates with korean or alaska?


    I would imagine the fact that DL flies the route plays into the decision to some degree.

  • Brad Rutt

    You can book one way on AS

  • Trey

    N.America to Asia on Emirates using 75,000 Alaska miles for 1-way biz may be a decent deal.

  • Aarif

    This is great news. I’m really glad that BOS is getting more new international routes (NRT, IST, and now DXB). Also @traveller: JFK is not really that close… IAH and DFW are about the same distance, and those are 2 of the biggest hubs in the US, plenty of airlines fly to both (including Emirates)

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  • asar

    Doesn’t KE impose hefty YQ on EK awards making it less worthwhile. AS doesnt charge YQ.

  • jake

    I have 14,000 miles with Emirates, I’m not sure I will fly with them anytime soon. Have any ideas on what to do with the miles, I fly United 90% of the time.

  • SgFm

    Not sure if I am planning on flying BOS-SEZ on Emirates, what my best option is. I have Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards and Starpoints. This would most likely be in business.

  • Sam

    I’m with Jake … any ideas what to do with 35,000 miles? Does Emirates redeem JetBlue flights at the same valuation as JetBlue would on their website?

  • Jasmine

    It’s funny you bring up Emirates and their new schedule. They recently changed their MXP-JFK schedule and because of the schedule change Travelocity is only offering me a REFUND on tickets I purchased through them. I purchased a flight from YYZ-MXP with a stopover in JFK thru Travelocity (using USBank points for one of the tickets) for $570. Now the return flight is arriving back in JFK 2.5 hours later than was originally scheduled and we miss our flight to YYZ. They say all they can do is offer me a refund. This is our 12 year anniversary trip (4 weeks away) and our entire Italy itinerary is booked. I am still fighting with them, but does anyone have any advice on how to proceed?

  • Saif

    Great post! Can you also elaborate one which points would charge YQ on their awards and roughly how much would it come out to? Thanks!

  • Preacher

    Yeah, fly JFK to Dubai for 135k in first, round trip. 110k star points transferred will get you there. Best value by far!

  • JustSaying

    simply offer to spend the layover night in nyc and enjoy yourself

  • Bre

    Will it be possible to earn AA miles through OneWorld?

  • kitesrf

    Go to the Emirates website and try and book this trip with skywards. Right now you have to pay $1,290 of “Carrier imposed charges” and $99 in taxes. I was getting all excited to get a Starwood card and transfer to SkyMiles. Maybe not.

    Does booking through Alaska Airlines avoid the carrier imposed charges?

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