Emirates Skywards Buy & Gift Miles With Up To 25% Discount Until 20 November 2018

Emirates Skywards has opened a new promotion offering an up to 25% discount on all purchases of 5000+ Skywards miles which ends on November 20th 2018.

Even though this might not be the most attractive bonus offer (price wise) it could be useful for someone who wishes to top up an account to redeem an award on short notice.

Before you consider buying miles maybe pooling your account with family members (see Emirates website here) could be a most cost savvy option so if there is someone you can share/combine miles with you should do that first.

Emirates sent out an email about the promotion today:

Hello Sarah, Skywards Miles offer you a world of privileges, from reward flights and upgrades, to hotel stays, car rentals and more.

So Buy or Gift Miles by 20 November 2018 and enjoy discounts* of up to 25%. The more Miles you purchase, the bigger the discount you’ll enjoy.

It’s the perfect opportunity to boost your own Skywards Miles balance, or to surprise and delight your loved ones.

The more Miles you Buy or Gift, the greater your discount:

  • 15% Discount on buying/gifting 1000 – 24,000 Miles
  • 20% Discount on buying/gifting 25,000 – 49,000 Miles
  • 25% discount on buying/gifting more than 50,000 Miles

You can access the promotional landing page for the miles purchase / gift promotion here.

The price is always displayed in the home currency of the registered account address. 1,780 Thai Baht is ~ 50,00 USD at the moment.

Under this promotion the price at 15% discount is 2,5 US$ cent per mile which is very high especially considering the rather expensive Skywards award chart. Previous Emirates promotions have been in this price range as well.

It makes no sense at all to buy large number of Skywards miles even with the promotion.

Conclusion

I would only consider buying these Emirates miles as the last resort if it allows me to redeem for an award I need and there are no other short term means of topping up my balance.

Before buying one should consider either pooling miles as mentioned or transfer them from another loyalty program such as Amex Membership Rewards or a hotel loyalty program. I’ll probably do exactly that very soon as I want to redeem it for a one way between Hong Kong and Bangkok to clear out my account before the points expire in March.

These are the Terms & Conditions attached to this promotion:

The Promotion commences at 00.01 GST on 06 November 2018 and closes at 23.59 GST on 20 November 2018 (“Promotion Period”).

Promotion Rules  

The Promotion provides an Eligible Member the opportunity to avail a discount on the cost to Buy Miles and Gift Miles (the “Discount”). The Discount an Eligible Member can avail is as mentioned below, based upon the number of Skywards Miles purchased (the “Offer”):

  • 15% Discount on buying/gifting 1000 – 24,000 Miles
  • 20% Discount on buying/gifting 25,000 – 49,000 Miles
  • 25% discount on buying/gifting more than 50,000 Miles

This Offer is available for transactions made to Buy Miles or Gift Miles on emirates.com via the Points Platform, through the Emirates Contact Centre, Emirates Reservation and Ticketing office (the “Eligible Activity”) and only if the payments have been successfully processed and the transaction has been completed within the Promotion Period. Any transactions made to Transfer Miles, Reinstate Miles or Extend Miles are not considered as Eligible Activities for this Offer.

This Offer cannot be applied in combination with any other offer or promotion by Emirates, whether price discount or bonus Miles based, that may be available on the Buy Miles or Gift Miles products. Accordingly, the Discount under this Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts available where payments are made using any Emirates Skywards co-branded cards offering a discounted price to Buy Miles and Gift Miles. Skywards Miles bought or gifted through this Offer will count towards the maximum limit of 100,000 Skywards Miles that an Emirates Skywards Member can purchase for self or receive as a gift in a calendar year.

Skywards Miles earned through this Offer will be posted only upon successful payment of the transaction and will reflect in the Eligible Member’s Emirates Skywards account within 48 hours after payment.

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