On Wednesday Alaska Mileage Plan published their award chart for travel on Emirates, which was pretty much as I expected. It’s kind of funny that Alaska charges fewer miles for travel on Emirates than Emirates’ own Skywards program does, but then again it’s not really that unusual, since US frequent flyer programs are pretty consistently more generous than foreign programs.
Anyway, it looks like Emirates Skywards has also just published their award chart for travel on Alaska, which looks as follows:
The award chart is more or less what I expected. Certainly no redemptions that make me want to go out of my way to earn Skywards miles. In my opinion you’re still better off accruing miles through Alaska’s Mileage Plan for travel on Emirates, regardless of whether you want to redeem for travel on Alaska or Emirates.
That being said, for those with Skywards miles this is a nice new option for travel within North America.