Emirates has made a small but very significant change to its economy to business class upgrade eligibility to Skywards members.
Until now, all economy fares have been eligible for business class upgrades. Some fares, however, only at the time of checking in.
Now, however, Emirates has the following text when you check your itineraries online:
“An upgrade to rewards upgrades: From 1st May 2014, certain Skywards Saver Economy Class tickets will no longer be eligible for an upgrade using miles”
Emirates doesn’t have any other information about ineligible fare classes from economy to business class upgrades. It is unclear if this will affect the operational upgrades from these fares for Skywards Platinum, Gold, and Silver members.
It would be great if Emirates would have some information about these changes up on its website for Skywards members to digest rather than just having a line when you check your itineraries online.
Emirates often oversells their economy class and upgrades Skywards elite members to business class. Why wouldn’t they rather take the mileage liability off their books and allow upgrading from all fares? Already, the upgrades from the lowest fares is not possible before checking in.
I first learned about this upcoming change on FlyerTalk thread here.