Amex cardholders can save up to $1,000 on their next Emirates flight

Nov 26, 2019

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. 

Emirates is repeating a popular deal it ran earlier in July where you can get up to $1,000 off round-trip flights departing the U.S. by using the promotion code USAMX19 and paying with an American Express card.

You’ll save $75 on round-trip economy fares, $500 on round-trip business class fares and $1,000 on round-trip first class fares from the U.S. to airports Emirates serves. The qualifying airports are:

  • Boston (BOS)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • New York City (JFK and EWR)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Washington (IAD)

The website says Business Saver fares are excluded, but we were able to find routes where business saver fares received the discount, as you’ll see below. You won’t be able to combine this offer with any other Emirates offers and you’ll need to book before Dec. 31, 2019, and travel before April 30, 2020. Lastly, you must use your American Express card to book the flight.

Note that the best savings are found in Emirates’ business and first-class fares, though there are some decent savings in the “Saver” option. You won’t be able to apply the discount to Emirates’ “Special” fares — the cheapest option — however. It’s easy to tell which fares the discount code applies too because there will be a yellow star next to the price.


Both we found it harder to use the code for savings on economy flights, so unless you can pay cash for the business or first class flights, you may be better off booking with points.

To search, head directly to Emirates’ website and enter your origin and destination cities and the promo code USAMX19. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline.

Airline: Emirates
Cost: $793+
Travel Dates:
Now through April 30, 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express
 (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline) or American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline)

Here are a few examples of what you can book: the

Washington D.C. (IAD) to Cairo (CAI) for $793 round-trip in economy:


San Fransisco (SFO) to Dubai (DXB) for $1,166 round-trip in economy:


New York (JFK) to Male (MLE) for $4,656 round-trip in business:


Los Angeles (LAX) to Mumbai (BOM) for $3,139 round-trip in business:


Chicago (ORD) to Bangkok (BKK) for 8,227 round-trip in first:


Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy

Additional reporting by Jason Stauffer.

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