Emirates Skywards has opened a new promotion offering an up to 25% discount on all purchases of 5000+ Skywards miles which ends on March 31st 2019.
Before you consider buying miles, maybe pooling your account with family members (see Emirates website here) could be a more 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, if you’ve been stocking up on Skywards Miles – whether to get the reward you want or to surprise someone special – now you can get an extra boost from us.
Buy or Gift a minimum of 5,000 Miles by 31 March and get up to 25% bonus* Miles. The more Miles you Buy or Gift, the bigger your bonus.
So take advantage of this opportunity to boost your Miles and enjoy your rewards sooner.
Stocking up on Skywards Miles for yourself or to surprise a loved one brings you closer to reward flights, upgrades and more. And if you Buy or Gift Miles by 31 March, we’ll give you an extra boost of up to 25% bonus Miles.
The more Miles you Buy or Gift, the more bonus Miles you get:
- 15% bonus Miles when you buy/gift between 5,000 and 24,000 Miles
- 20% bonus Miles when you buy/gift between 25,000 and 49,000 Miles
- 25% bonus Miles when you buy/gift 50,000 Miles or more
So don’t miss out on this opportunity to get more Miles and reach your next reward sooner.
Buy or Gift Skywards Miles by 31 March 2019 to take advantage of this offer.
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. 48,080.00 THB are US$1,511.00 at the moment. This is for 50,000 miles plus 12,500 Bonus which is the minimum amount required to purchase in order to get the max 25% bonus.
Under this promotion the price – even at the at 25% discount – is 2.4 US$ cent per mile which is very high especially considering the rather expensive Skywards award chart. Previous Emirates Buy Miles promotions have been in this price range as well.
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 off my balance. Definitely not a large amount under any circumstances
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. It makes no sense at all to buy large number of Skywards miles even with the promotion. I can’t see any scenario where you would get actual value for money by buying miles and the redeeming for an award.
These are the Terms & Conditions attached to this promotion:
This promotion (the “Promotion”) is brought to you by Emirates, a corporation established by Dubai Ruler’s Decree No. 2 of 1985 (as amended) having its principal office at Emirates Group Headquarters, Airport Road, P.O. Box 686, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (“Emirates”) and hosted via the website found on emirates.com (“Website”).
These terms and conditions together with the general terms and conditions that are applicable to the Emirates Skywards Programme and the terms and conditions applicable to your use of and access to the Website (together the “Terms“) govern your participation in the Promotion. By participating in the Promotion, you acknowledge that you have the authority to accept these Terms and you agree to be bound by them.
In the event of any dispute regarding these Terms and any other matters relating to the Promotion, Emirates’ decision will be final and binding, and no further correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
The Promotion commences at 00.01 GST on 19th March 2019 and closes at 23.59 GST on 31st March 2019 (“Promotion Period”).
You must be at least 18 (eighteen) years of age, an Emirates Skywards Member and have at least one prior earning activity in your Emirates Skywards Account, earned by flying on Emirates or through an Emirates Partner transaction in order to be eligible to Buy Miles and participate in the Promotion (‘Eligible Member’). Emirates Skywards Members who have already purchased a total of 100,000 Skywards Miles for self or received as a gift from another in the current calendar year, are not considered as Eligible Members and may not participate in this Promotion.
Unless otherwise provided herein, capitalised terms used in these terms and conditions shall have the meanings attributed to them in the Emirates Skywards Programme Rules
The Promotion is void in countries where it is prohibited by law. Individuals located in a country restricted by applicable controls and sanctions or other laws or regulations as they relate to this Promotion are ineligible to participate in the Promotion. Each Eligible Member must ensure that his or her participation in the Promotion is lawful and in accordance with the laws of the country of which he or she is a citizen and/or resides, and/or happens to be at the time the participation is made. Emirates shall not be taken to make any representations, express or implied, as to the lawfulness of any individual’s participation, or as to any other aspect of the Promotion.
The Promotion provides an Eligible Member the opportunity to earn up to 25% of the Skywards Miles purchased as an additional complimentary bonus (the “Bonus Miles”) when purchasing a minimum of 5,000 Skywards Miles through the Buy Miles or Gift Miles product during the Promotion Period. The Bonus Miles an Eligible Member can earn is as mentioned below, based upon the number of Skywards Miles purchased (the “Offer”):
• 15% Bonus Miles on buying/gifting from 5,000 Skywards Miles up to 24,000 Skywards Miles
• 20% Bonus Miles on buying/gifting from 25,000 Skywards Miles up to 49,000 Skywards Miles
• 25% Bonus Miles on buying/gifting 50,000 Skywards Miles or more.
Bonus Miles earned through the Offer do not count towards the maximum limit of 100,000 miles that a Member can purchase for self in a calendar year.
This Promotion is available for transactions to Buy Miles and Gift Miles only on emirates.com via the Points Platform (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 Buy Miles or Gift Miles through the Emirates Contact Centre, Emirates Reservation and Ticketing office and any transactions made to Transfer Miles, Reinstate Miles or Extend Miles are not considered as Eligible Activities for this Promotion.
This Promotion 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 product. Accordingly, the Bonus Miles under this Promotion cannot be combined with any other discounts available on any Emirates Skywards co-branded cards that offer a discounted price to Buy Miles or Gift Miles (“Co-brand Card Discount”). In cases where a Co-brand Card Discount is available to a Member, the Co-brand Card Discount will be the default offer presented with an option made available for the Member to choose to avail this Offer instead.
Skywards Miles earned through this Promotion 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.
This Promotion will not be available in the event of any non-compliance by the Eligible Member of these Terms including the above defined Promotion rules. Refunds in respect of any Skywards Miles which are purchased as part of the Promotion are not permitted, unless required by law. In the event of any reversal of the Skywards Miles purchased under this Promotion, on account of the Eligible Member or Emirates, refunds, if applicable, will be processed to reflect the amount actually paid by the Eligible Member.
Emirates will not be held liable for any failure in delivery of this Promotion or any failure to reach the Eligible Member on the email address registered on the Emirates Skyward Member’s profile. Emirates reserves the right to decline this Promotion to an Eligible Member in the event of any breach of these Terms or the Emirates Skywards Programme Rules.
The Eligible Member agrees that Emirates shall not be liable as a result of any refusal or failure to complete any transactions in connection with the Promotion and no compensation shall be payable to any person as a consequence of such actions.
Any participant, who fails to abide by any of these Terms or fails to meet the entry criteria set out in these Terms, may be disqualified from taking part in the Promotion in the sole discretion of Emirates.
Emirates may withdraw the Promotion at any time in its sole discretion