Emi­rates Adds Fuel Sur­charge to Re­wards

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Emi­rates in­tro­duced a fuel sur­charge to all Sky­wards re­ward ticket redemp­tions ef­fec­tive March 31. The charge, which can be paid for ei­ther in cash or us­ing Sky­wards miles, is“dis­played as part of the taxes payable on your re­ward ticket and aligned to the sur­charge ap­pli­ca­ble on com­mer­cial tick­ets.”

In an e-mail to Sky­wards mem­bers the car­rier said:“Un­til now, the sur­charges have been ex­cluded from Emi­rates Sky­wards re­ward tick­ets. Given the volatil­ity of the fuel price, it is no longer pos­si­ble for Emi­rates to ab­sorb this cost on Sky­wards Re­ward tick­ets.”

Ri­val Gulf car­rier Eti­had Air­ways also ap­plies fuel sur­charges to award tick­ets, with mem­bers able to pay for the whole ticket (in­clud­ing the sur­charge) with ei­ther miles or a mix­ture of cash and miles.

The move is part of a se­ries of up­dates to Emi­rates’Sky­wards pro­gram. The car­rier re­cently added a plat­inum tier to the pro­gram, and has added the op­tion to re­deem miles against“a wide range of re­wards such as tick­ets to sport­ing and cul­tural events across the globe.”Mem­bers can now also re­deem miles to up­grade us­ing the car­rier’s on­line check-in fa­cil­ity up to 24 hours prior to de­par­ture.

Fi­nally, on April 1 Emi­rates rein­tro­duced “jour­ney qual­i­fi­ca­tion,”mean­ing that the num­ber of qual­i­fy­ing flights taken through­out the year will count to­ward main­tain­ing and el­e­vat­ing tier sta­tus.

For de­tails visit emi­rates.com.

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