JAL Adds The Ability To Book Emirates Awards Online; Flying Shower Class Without Fuel Surcharges

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A380 bar onboard my IAD-DXB Emirates Shower Class Flight, March 2017
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Emirates A380 first class is affectionately known as “Shower Class” and 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 is here.

#Emirates #A380 #ShowerSpa #HeavenOfTheSkies

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A shower class flight can cost $27,000 round-trip, but with miles it’s a whole lot less. Plus Emirates has excellent award availability.

Unfortunately the options are more limited than before as Alaska Airlines has skyrocketed their mileage rates for Emirates:

And JAL has added a fuel surcharge to Emirates awards.

JAL has now finally added the ability to book Emirates awards online. You will need to be logged into a JAL mileage account and then you can search for partner awards here.

I’d recommend starting your award search on alaskaairlines.com as they have a flexible award calendar, though JAL’s availability on Emirates is actually better than Alaska’s. After getting a feel for availability try booking your ticket on JAL’s less intuitive site.

JAL charges just 135K miles from JFK to Dubai in Shower Class, which is great, but the fuel surcharges sting. Note that this award will go up to 165K on November 19 due to JAL’s upcoming devaluation.

 

If you can fly Toronto-Dubai and then Duabi-JFK you’ll save over $500:

 

Fuel surcharges from JFK to Milan are lower, but are still high. This award will go up from 105K to 135K round-trip on 11/19.

 

One of the better ways to fly Emirates shower class may be to use other miles to fly to a destination in Asia and then book a “round-trip” award from a city like Hong Kong to Dubai and then Dubai to JFK with no fuel surcharges. You can stay for as short or long as you want in Dubai. This award will go up to 145K on 11/19.

 

Sydney to Dubai and then Dubai to JFK also avoids fuel surcharges. This award will go up to 190K on 11/19.

Tokyo to Dubai and Dubai to JFK also has minimal fuel surcharges:

 

Need JAL miles?

Getting JAL miles is the tricky part.

You can transfer 20K Starpoints (60K Marriott points) into 25K JAL miles.

You can also transfer 90K Starpoints (270K Marriott points) into 85K JAL miles and 7 nights at a Marriott hotel.

Unfortunately it will be very tough to earn Starpoints after 7/31 when you will only earn 0.67 Starpoints per dollar instead of 1 Starpoint per dollar on the SPG AMEX.

The Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard® allows you to earn between 1.18-1.47 JAL miles per dollar spent and is probably the best bet going forward for JAL miles. You can read more about that card here.

Post what other routes you find without fuel surcharges!

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12 Comments on "JAL Adds The Ability To Book Emirates Awards Online; Flying Shower Class Without Fuel Surcharges"

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Moishe

Its khata to fly these fools. As Israeli I cannot fly on them and even If I were not I refuse to fly them. Not sure why Dan supports the ME airlines.

Brian Chalfin

Seems like information more than support. He provides the details and you get to choose if you want to take advantage or not.

pes

so you wouldn’t do business with these people even if you would stand to profit considerably?

michael

What is the best way to get from Toronto to Dubai/Maldives paying the least amount of fuel?

Fuel Free

Hey Dan,

For other countries that limit fuel surcharges, you can have a look at:

The Philippines, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong.

All the best.

reb yid

Rather expensive shower

Yirmeeyahu

Anyone have any experience w the food on this airline?
How was?

Agud

How many miles is EWR-ATH with JAL?

AJ

When booking through JAL is it ture that you dont get access to the business lounge? I just recently heard about a case like this.
Also can i book for my wife using my account if she doesn’t have the same last name without providing docs?

Fuel Free

Add CMB and MLE to the list. No YQ charged at all from those 2.

pes

whats the best way to fly back from the maldives and back if you dont have jal or alaska,? and which points lets you take the longest stopover in dubai as possible without paying more for 2 seperate trips?

Joe

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