Emirates Will Apparently Block Partner Airlines From Booking First Class Awards

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A380 bar onboard my IAD-DXB Emirates Shower Class Flight, March 2017
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Alaska Airlines partner page for Emirates says that partners will no longer be allowed to book Emirates First Class awards as of 4/1/21:

That matches the policies of other airlines like Singapore that require you use their own miles for first class travel.

Emirates A380 first class is affectionately known as “Shower Class” and partner miles like JAL miles have long been one of the best ways to book that.

Sure, you get your own walled-in suite and access to the onboard bar.

#Bedtime from #Emirates #ShowerClass #Suite

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But it’s the onboard shower that sets it apart. My review of the experience can be found here.

#Emirates #A380 #ShowerSpa #HeavenOfTheSkies

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Earlier this year, partner airlines like JAL removed the fuel surcharges for booking Emirates awards.

Unfortunately based on Alaska’s message, partners like JAL will also no longer be able to book first class awards as of 4/1/21.

A round-trip first class award in A380 Shower Class from JFK to Dubai is 165K JAL miles plus $56 in taxes and fees! Take advantage of that deal while you still can!

You can transfer increments of 60K Marriott points into 25K JAL miles.

Booking Emirates first class awards with Alaska miles is quite expensive, so that’s not a very big loss. It takes 300K Alaska miles for a round-trip first class award in A380 Shower Class from JFK to Dubai.

As of 4/1/21 you can still book awards directly with Emirates, but a round-trip first class award in A380 Shower Class from JFK to Dubai is 217.5K Emirates miles plus $360 in taxes and fees. You can transfer points from AMEX (1K:1K), Capital One (2K:1K), Chase (1K:1K), or Citi (1K:1K) instantly to Emirates.

Due to COVID-19, there are no Emirates A380s currently flying to North America, but you can book A380 travel in 2021 with partner airline miles even after 3/31, as long as you book by 3/31.

HT: AJK, via FM

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Carl

We had 1st class all the way to the Seychelles for January and had to cancel because of flight changes and fear of COVID. Looks like this is lost to us for the near future.

Let’s go

Seems Emirates is learning from their Israeli counterparts 🙂

Joe

It’s part of the peace process

Yisroel

Lol!

Yisroel

Any benefit to booking JAL roundtrip as opposed to one way? From their website it seems that one way on Partners are available, and it would be within my Marriott points range.

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