Emirates First Class Awards No Longer Available Using Japan Airlines Miles From September 1, 2021


Japan Airlines today sent out a communication to Mileage Bank members that Emirates First Class awards are not available for tickets issued from September 1, 2021.

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Emirates appears to be discontinuing the availability of its first-class cabin for partner awards, as Alaska already took a similar action on April 1st this year (read more here).

You can access JAL here.

Here’s a copy of the email that JAL sent out:

JAL’s Emirates Award Chart:

Discontinuance of Emirates First using Alaska’s miles:

Emirates Withdraws First Class Award Partner Availability On April 1, 2021


It is unclear whether Emirates is making first-class awards so expensive for partners that they discontinue them or if Emirates doesn’t want partner award redemptions for its premium cabin.

Another loss in the frequent flyer universe.