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Emirates Skywards members should check their email inboxes today for a targeted promotion offering special companion fares from 10 of its gateway cities in the US to Dubai. For $1,299, two can fly economy, and for $9,999 two can fly business class from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Washington DC (IAD), Houston (IAH), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) and Orlando (MCO) to Dubai (DXB) only.
The two completely matching round-trip itineraries must be purchased now through June 14, 2105. Travel must be completed by December 10, 2015 (or December 18 — both dates are given in the terms). Several blackout dates are listed, so check those carefully before searching for your dates.
It was easy enough to select business class for every city on most dates, like this itinerary for June, 2015:
But after at least 30 minutes of poking around this special search page set up for the promotion, I couldn’t find economy class tickets available from Los Angeles for any dates. They were either marked “sold out” or the search broke the website, and the flexible dates tool didn’t work with the code. I eventually found economy tickets from Houston in September:
So depending on your city and dates, it’s possible to get this deal. The promo is similar to a two-fer the airline offered back in March, so check out this post for tips on how to credit miles and which card to use when booking.
The airline is running this special in conjunction with Atlantis, The Palm, a resort hotel in Dubai. According to the hotel website, travelers can get 25% off the best available rate across all room types, but a test reservation using the same promo code did not result in lower rates, and may only be available after booking the companion flights. Emirates Skywards members enjoy additional hotel benefits, including complimentary in-room internet, discounts on restaurants and spa treatments and other experiences, and unlimited access to the resort’s aquarium and waterpark.