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Emirates to Launch Fort Lauderdale Service in December

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Emirates will fly to a total of 11 US cities when it begins its just-announced daily service to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on December 15, 2016. The outbound flight from Dubai (DXB) departs at 3am local time and arrives in FLL at 10:25am. The inbound flight departs FLL at 8:20pm and arrives in DXB at 7:40pm (+1 day).  The airline will operate a Boeing 777-200LR equipped with 8 first-class suites, 42 business-class seats and 216 economy seats on this route.

While at first glance it seems that Emirates would serve the larger Miami International Airport (MIA), the airline has a partnership with JetBlue that would compel Emirates to opt for Fort Lauderdale instead. JetBlue has a large presence at FLL and provides many connection opportunities for Emirates passengers throughout the US as well as the Caribbean and Latin America.

As of this posting, it’s not yet possible to book award flights through Emirates’ site or that of its partner, Alaska Airlines. But once you’re able to book awards, you can expect to redeem miles with Emirates’ various airline partners at the following rates:

Redemption rates for flights between Fort Lauderdale and Dubai:

Program Economy (miles) Business (miles) First (miles) Transfer Partners
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 85,000 165,000 300,000 Starwood Preferred Guest (1:1)
Emirates Skywards* 72,500 145,000 217,500 American Express Membership Rewards (1:1)
Starwood Preferred Guest (1:1)
Korean Air SkyPass 70,000 140,000 210,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1)
JAL Mileage Bank 60,000 100,000  155,000 Starwood Preferred Guest (1:1)
Malaysia Airlines Enrich 96,000 144,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards (1:1)
Qantas Frequent Flyer 90,000 192,000 288,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards (1:1)
Virgin America Elevate* 45,000  100,000 American Express Membership Rewards (2:1)
Citi ThankYou Rewards (2:1)
Starwood Preferred Guest (1:1)

*Award rates from Orlando (MCO) to Dubai.

Due to the newness of this route, Fort Lauderdale is not yet listed as an option online for either the Emirates’ Skywards program or the Virgin America Elevate program. Alternatively, we’ve listed the award rates from Orlando, an Emirates destination about 200 miles away from FLL.

If you want to pay cash for these flights, we’re seeing reasonable rates in economy in January, with prices between $800 and $900 round-trip.

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Dubai (DXB) for $857 round-trip.

Step up to business class, however, and prices become much less reasonable — it’ll cost you just over $6,000 round-trip.

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Dubai (DXB) for $6,177 round-trip in business class.

Prices for first-class tickets are truly out-of-this-world, approaching $20,000 for a round-trip flight. (Pay close attention to that award chart higher up the page!)

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Dubai (DXB) for $18,979 round-trip in first class.

Are you excited about Emirates’ new route?

H/T: One Mile At a Time

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