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Emirates Skywards: Membership Tiers

There are 14 FAQs for Emirates Skywards: Membership Tiers.

How are my Tier Miles calculated?

Tier Miles are calculated at the same rate as Skywards Miles taking into account the fare you have paid, the route and the class of travel. So, on a Business Class Skywards Flex ticket they would be calculated as follows:

  • Base Miles for your fare and zone
  • 75% Business Class bonus
  • Additional Skywards Flex Fare Tier Miles
How long are my Tier Miles valid for?

Tier Miles are valid for up to 13 months from the date you start earning, which is usually your first flight as an Emirates Skywards member either on Emirates or on an EK codeshare flight. If you receive Tier Miles from a backdated claim, they will be valid from the date of the flight.

Can I transfer or buy Tier Miles?

Tier Miles cannot be transferred or bought.

Will I earn more Tier Miles on a ‘Skywards Flex’ ticket?

Yes – our Skywards Flex tickets always earn you more Tier Miles.

How do I move up to a higher tier?

To move up to the next tier you need to earn sufficient Tier Miles or take enough qualifying flights during the tier qualification period

To reach Silver membership, you need to collect 25,000 Tier Miles (or take 25 qualifying flights).

To reach Gold membership, you need to collect 50,000 Tier Miles (or take 50 qualifying flights).

To reach Platinum membership, you need to collect 150,000 Tier Miles. 

Please check My Account for information about your tier status and key review dates.

What does a qualifying flight mean when referring to tier qualification?

A ‘qualifying flight’ is a flight from origin to destination, either on Emirates or a code-share flight marketed by Emirates but operated by another airline. 

Your origin is the airport where you start your journey, and your destination is the final airport where you complete your journey. So a qualifying flight could be a complete inbound or outbound journey, or a one-way flight. Stopovers are not counted as a destination.

What does tier qualification mean?

Tier qualification happens when you have collected enough Tier Miles or you have flown enough qualifying flights to either keep your tier or move up to the next level. 

At the time of your review, we count up how many Tier Miles you have accumulated or how many qualifying flights you have taken. If you have enough, we then promote you to the next status level or keep you in your current tier. If you haven’t qualified, you drop a tier level.

What does rolling tier qualification mean?

Regardless of whether you drop a tier, keep your tier or move up a tier in your review, we don’t wait another year to reassess your Tier Miles balance, but instead we check it every month. That way, we keep giving you the chance to qualify or move up a tier by ‘rolling over’ your tier qualification period. So, at the end of each month we count up your Tier Miles or qualifying flights over the previous 12 months to reassess your status. This rolling assessment gives you 12 opportunities during every year to move up a tier, instead of just one.

How do I keep my Silver, Gold or Platinum status?

There are two ways to retain your tier:

  1. earn enough Tier Miles by flying with Emirates or on an EK codeshare flight
  2. take the required number of qualifying flights* with Emirates

Once you have reached a new tier you have a fixed 12-month period in which to earn the Tier Miles you need to keep your status. During this time, you would need to save 25,000 Tier Miles or take 25 qualifying flights to remain in Silver, 50,000 Tier Miles or 50 qualifying flights to remain in Gold and 150,000 Tier Miles to remain in Platinum.

If you have not managed to stay in your tier after your review date, you will move back to the previous tier. The rolling tier qualification system will resume, meaning we give you a review opportunity every month over the subsequent 12 to 13 months to allow you to regain your status.

*A ‘qualifying flight’ is a flight on Emirates, or a code-share flight marketed by Emirates but operated by another airline, between the point of origin and point of destination of an outward or return journey.

When I move up to a higher tier, how long do I keep the benefits for?

Regardless of how many Tier Miles you have earned or flights you have flown, your card validity and benefits are extended beyond the tier review date by an extra two months, even if you have not qualified to stay in your tier.

For example, if you achieve Silver membership on 17th October 2014, your tier review date will be at the end of October 2015, but you can still use your Silver card to enjoy extended benefits until the end of December 2015, even if you do not retain your tier.

Tier reviews always take place at the end of a month.

Can I qualify for a higher tier if I fly frequently but don’t collect enough Tier Miles?

Yes, you can progress to a new tier based either on the number of Tier Miles you collect or the number of qualifying flights you take.

The thresholds for each tier are as follows: 

Silver: 25,000 Tier Miles or 25 qualifying flights

Gold: 50,000 Tier Miles or 50 qualifying flights

Platinum: 150,000 Tier Miles only

Can I use my Skywards Miles to purchase Silver, Gold or Platinum membership?

Tier status can only be earned by accumulating Tier Miles when you fly with Emirates or on an EK codeshare flight.

How can Business Class or First Class bonuses help me to reach Silver, Gold or Platinum status more quickly?

Class bonuses when flying Emirates are 75% for Business Class and 150% for First Class, and this applies to both Tier Miles and Skywards Miles. The percentage is calculated from the base Miles earned on the ticket you have purchased.

Will I start to earn more Tier Miles when I get to Silver?

You do not earn additional Tier Miles for being a Silver, Gold or Platinum member. However, you can earn extra Tier Miles by travelling Business or First Class or choosing a Flex fare.

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