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Emirates Skywards: Membership Tiers

There are 13 FAQs for Emirates Skywards: Membership Tiers

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 need to accumulate 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 codeshare flight marketed by Emirates but operated by another airline) between the point of origin and point of destination of an outward or round-trip journey.

Can I transfer or buy Tier Miles?

Tier Miles cannot be transferred or bought.

How long are my Tier Miles valid?

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 for a backdated claim, they will be valid from the date of the flight.

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 your account dashboard for information about your tier status and key review dates.

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

A "qualifying flight" is a flight from origin to destination, either on Emirates or on 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 destinations.

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 how many Tier Miles you have accumulated and how many qualifying flights you have taken. If you have enough of either category, we promote you to the next status level or keep you in your current tier. If you haven’t qualified, you drop a tier.

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; 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. 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 every year to move up a tier, instead of just one.

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

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 October 17, 2014, your tier review date will be at the end of October 2015, but you can 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; this applies to both Tier Miles and Skywards Miles. The percentage is calculated from the base miles earned on the ticket you 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 traveling Business Class or First Class or choosing a Flex fare.

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