Emirates Skywards publishes their award chart for travel on Alaska Airlines

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.


  1. Does EK allow mixing of partners on one award? The biggest improvement this will have for Skywards members is the ability to book DXB-SEA-XXX, especially when it is an F or J redemption.

  2. I’m about to fly from IAH to DXB on Emirates. Never flown with them before and have no Skywards miles. I’m based in Houston. Should I collect Emirates miles or choose another airline like Alaska or JetBlue?

  3. There is one novel award value in there, although it’s pretty obscure. Intrastate awards on AS are oly available in economy, and F awards price the same as USA tickets (50K r/t). So the EK chart does offer much cheaper (30K vs 50K) F awards within Alaska.

    And while awards within one state don’t sound aspirational… Alaska is very big. Adak to Barrow via ANC is a long flight. And awfully expensive.

  4. @ Shawn — Depends on your future travel plans, but I’d probably credit to Alaska. They have lower redemption rates than Emirates, and unlike with Jetblue, you can actually redeem the miles for “aspirational” awards.

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