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Last month, we wrote about how Emirates was adding a second daily flight to Seattle, while also adding Orlando as its tenth American destination. While, the airline is continuing to expand their US service, with the addition of their second daily flight between Boston and Dubai.

Emirates will operate two daily flights from Boston.
Emirates will operate two daily flights from Boston.

According to AirlineRoute.Net, Emirates will be adding a second daily flight between the two cities starting in October, 2015, onboard a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. With the new flight, travelers from Boston will now have the option of a late-morning departure or a late-evening departure if headed to Dubai.

Emirates is a 1:1 transfer partner from American Express.
Emirates is a 1:1 transfer partner from American Express.

When it comes to award bookings, you can transfer from American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and Premier Rewards Gold card, as well as The Amex EveryDay Preferred Everyday Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express cards, at a 1:1 ratio. Emirates is also a 1:1 transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest, so you could transfer over points earned with a Starwood American Express, even better you earn a 5,000 points bonus when transferring 20,000 Starpoints.

Bank of America offers the co-branded Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card, which currently offers a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 on purchases within 90 days of account opening. While the bonus isn’t huge, and the $75 annual fee isn’t waived in the first year, you can earn the bonus multiple times, making it a great way to rack up Alaska miles for a big Emirates redemption.

Another option is to keep an eye for when Alaska Airlines has a buy miles sale, which they recently did, offering a 40% mileage bonus, since you can redeem Alaska Airlines miles on a slew of their partner airlines including Emirates, making this another easy option to use miles for these new flights.

Additionally, if you’re interested in gaining Emirates elite status, but have yet to give the airline a try, you may be able to request a status match if you hold status on another airline.

See these related Emirates articles for more info:
Emirates Adds New U.S. Flights Amid Subsidy Concerns
How to Book Cheap Cathay and Emirates Business Class Awards
How to Status Match on Emirates Skywards
Insider Series: True Life of an Emirates Flight Attendant

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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
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  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
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