Update: JAL’s website now shows that Emirates first class award bookings must be made by 8/31. As of 9/1 they will no longer be able to issue Emirates first class awards. A great use of Marriott points bites the dust…
Originally posted on 4/13:
Last November, Alaska Airlines disclosed that Emirates would no longer allow partner airlines to book First class awards as of 3/31/21:
That would mean you would have to book directly with Emirates miles for 217.5K miles+$400 round-trip. You can transfer points from AMEX (1K:1K), Capital One (2K:1K), Chase (1K:1K), or Citi (1K:1K) instantly to Emirates.
Luckily, Alaska was wrong.
Qantas can still book Emirates first class awards, though they charge a small fortune at 299.6K points+$395 round-trip:
But best of all, JAL can still book Emirates for 165K miles+$56 round-trip!
Alas, the only bank points that can transfer to JAL is the discontinued Barclays Premier card. However you can transfer increments of 60K Marriott points into 25K JAL miles. Or 330K Marriott points can transfer into 100K JAL miles and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel.
I reached out to Alaska media relations for comment on why only Alaska was effected and they responded that “As of April 1, Emirates no longer allows Alaska access to First Class award bookings. We cannot speak for other airlines.”
It’s not the first time Alaska has acted coyly when it comes to Emirates first class awards. The 2016 situation with Alaska and Emirates was even more bizarre.
Emirates A380 first class is affectionately known as “Shower Class.” Sure, you get your own walled-in suite and access to the onboard bar.
But it’s the onboard shower that sets it apart. My review of the experience can be found here.
Have you flown in Emirates shower class? Which miles will you use going forward?