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Emirates recently massively reduced their fuel surcharges:
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.
But it’s the onboard shower that sets it apart. My review of the experience can be found here.
Due to COVID-19, Emirates isn’t operating showers and service is limited, but hopefully those days will come to an end soon. You can try booking now for after you think those restrictions will be lifted or you can wait and see what happens.
You can change dates on an award booked with Emirates miles for $25 or refund an award for $75.
You can change dates or refund an award booked with JAL miles for ¥3,100, currently about $28.
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.
Previously the fuel surcharges and taxes added over $1,700 to the cost of an award ticket. But now those have been massively reduced!
There are 2 good options for booking Emirates awards, either with Emirates miles or with JAL miles.
You can book with Emirates miles by logging in on their website. A round-trip first class award in A380 Shower Class from JFK to Milan is now 135K Emirates miles plus just $116 in taxes and fees! Previously the taxes and fees were over $1,100.
A round-trip first class award in 777 First Class from Newark to Athens is now 135K Emirates miles plus just $122 in taxes and fees! Previously the taxes and fees were over $1,100.
A round-trip first class award in A380 Shower Class from JFK to Dubai is now 217.5K Emirates miles plus just $360 in taxes and fees! Previously the taxes and fees were over $1,700.
I decided to check on what JAL is doing with Emirates fuel surcharges as well.
You may recall that back in 2017, JAL started collecting fuel surcharges on Emirates flights. The US DoT stepped in and required JAL to return people Starpoints that were transferred to JAL to book Emirates awards. The US DoT also forced JAL to refund fuel surcharges for people that booked Emirates awards in the interim.
Now that Emirates massively lowered their insane fuel surcharges, it appears based on my searches that JAL has completely stopped collecting any fuel surcharges on Emirates!
JAL also has 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 it’s worth noting that JAL’s availability on Emirates is actually better than Alaska’s. Alaska’s mileage rates are extremely pricey, so it won’t be worth using those on Emirates flights. A round-trip from JFK to Milan in shower class would set you back some 360K miles. After getting a feel for availability try booking your ticket on JAL’s less intuitive site.
A round-trip first class award in A380 Shower Class from JFK to Dubai is 165K JAL miles plus just $56 in taxes and fees! Previously the taxes and fees were over $1,700.
A round-trip first class award in A380 Shower Class from JFK to Milan is 135K JAL miles plus just $51 in taxes and fees! Previously the taxes and fees were over $1,100.
Need Emirates miles?
That’s easy, you can transfer points from AMEX (1K:1K), Capital One (2K:1K), Chase (1K:1K), or Citi (1K:1K) instantly to Emirates. You can also transfer increments of 60K Marriott points into 25K Emirates miles.
Need JAL miles?
That’s trickier. If you’re one of the 19 people on the planet that still has the Barclays Arrival Premier card, you can transfer points at a 1.7K:1K ratio. Otherwise the only real option is transferring increments of 60K Marriott points into 25K JAL miles.
You can also transfer 330K Marriott points into 100K JAL or Emirates miles and 7 nights at a Marriott hotel.
Will you book any Emirates awards?