American Express and Emirates Take Flight

New Relationship Connects American Express® Card Members to Emirates Skywards Program
Limited Time 25% Transfer Bonus for eligible Card Members in the U.S., UK and France

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November 07, 2013 19:00 Korea Standard Time

NEW YORK--(Business Wire / Korea Newswire)--American Express (NYSE:AXP) today welcomes Emirates Skywards to the industry-leading Membership Rewards® program. American Express Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards program are now able to transfer points into the Emirates Skywards program and redeem Skywards Miles for travel on one of the world’s leading airlines.

To celebrate the relationship, American Express and Emirates will offer a limited time transfer bonus. Eligible Card Members in the U.S, U.K and France who transfer points to Emirates Skywards between November 8 and 21 will receive a 25% bonus.

During this promotion, eligible Card Members can transfer as few as 60,000 Membership Rewards points to Emirates Skywards and book an Economy Class return ticket on Emirates between JFK and Dubai.*Reward flights are available to over 136 destinations on the Emirates network.

“Emirates is known for service and innovation, two of our core values at American Express,” said Josh Silverman, President Consumer Services at American Express. “Bringing Emirates Skywards into the Membership Rewards program opens up new pathways to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe for our global Card Members.”

Emirates raises the bar for air travel, providing exceptional service and in-flight experiences on flights to more than 136 destinations worldwide. With one of the world’s youngest fleets, Emirates makes 63 passenger flights per week out of the US, with daily flights from: Houston, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and New York. Emirates’ Boston route will begin service on March 10, 2014. Additionally, Emirates offers a new non-stop service between New York and Milan.

“The relationship with American Express is a new milestone enabling us to offer the exceptional experience of flying with Emirates to Card Members,” said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline. “We can reach American Express’ loyal Card Member base and allow them to enjoy the exclusive privileges of a rewarding frequent flyer program.”

The award-winning Emirates Skywards program enables members to earn and spend miles for air travel and upgrades on the Emirates network, with partner airlines, as well as with select hotels, car rental and retail partners. Next to flights and upgrades, Skywards Miles can also be redeemed for tickets to soccer games, including New York Cosmos or for the Americas Cup. Skywards Miles are valid for three years and can be redeemed at any time to book award travel on Emirates flights without blackout dates.

Emirates joins 16 other leading airlines in the Membership Rewards program including Delta®, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways®, allowing eligible Card Members to transfer Membership Rewards points to redeem award flights and upgrades.

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About The Membership Rewards Program

The Membership Rewards program offers more than a million rewards from over 500 brands. The program allows Card Members to earn one point for virtually every dollar charged on eligible, enrolled American Express Cards, with many opportunities to earn points faster. Membership Rewards points are redeemable in a wide selection of reward categories. Points have no expiration date, and there is no limit on the number of points a Card Member can earn. The Membership Rewards program was recognized as a key factor in winning one of the company’s most recent awards. For more information about the Membership Rewards program, visit: or call 1-800-AXP-EARN (297-3276).

About Emirates

Emirates currently serves 135 cities around the globe with a young and technologically advanced fleet of 201 wide-bodied aircraft that are equipped with industry-leading comforts in the air. Additionally, Emirates has 193 wide-bodied aircraft on order, worth more than $71 billion, and is the leading customer of the Airbus A380, with 35 in its fleet and 55 on order. Renowned for its excellence in service and innovation, both on board and on the ground, Emirates holds an impressive array of prestigious awards, most recently including Air Transport World’s 2013 “Airline of the Year.” For more information visit

About Emirates Skywards:

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer program of Emirates, offers its 9.5 million members exclusive privileges such as earning Skywards Miles on Emirates and partner airlines, or when they use the program’s designated hotels, car rentals, financial, leisure and lifestyle partners. Skywards Miles can be redeemed for an extensive range of rewards, including tickets on Emirates and other Skywards partner airlines, flight upgrades, hotel accommodation, excursions and exclusive shopping.

Voted the Middle East's Leading Airline Rewards Program (World Travel Awards), the Middle East, Asia & Oceania region’s Best Earning Promotion (Miles Accelerator) / Best Elite Program / Best Customer Service / Overall Program of the Year (Frequent Traveller Awards), plus receiving honours for the unique Skywards Miles Accelerator and being named Best Loyalty Program (Middle East Traveller Magazine), since its inception in 2000, Emirates Skywards has offered industry-leading opportunities for its global membership base. More information available at:

* Points based on the following award charts during the promotional period from November 8- 21:

JFK - Dubai - JFK: Round-trip Saver Fare
SAVER Economy ticket: 58,000 Membership Rewards Points required for 72,500 Skywards Miles
SAVER Business ticket: 116,000 Membership Rewards points required for 145,000 Skywards Miles

JFK - Dubai / Dubai - JFK: One-way Flex Fare
FLEX Economy ticket: 50,000 Membership Rewards points required for 62,500 Skywards Miles
FLEX Business ticket: 80,000 Membership Rewards points required for 100,000 Skywards Miles

One way upgrade reward on this route
From FLEX ticket: 36,000 Membership Rewards points required for 45,000 Skywards Miles
From SAVER ticket: 46,000 Membership Rewards points required for 57,500 Skywards Miles

JFK - Milan - JFK: Round-trip Saver Fare
SAVER Economy ticket: 36,000 Membership Rewards points required for 45,000 Skywards Miles
SAVER Business ticket: 72,000 Membership Rewards points required for 90,000 Skywards Miles

JFK - Milan / Milan - JFK: One-way Flex Fare
FLEX Economy ticket: 31,000 Membership Rewards points required for 38,750 Skywards Miles
FLEX Business ticket: 50,000 Membership Rewards points required for 62,500 Skywards Miles

One way upgrade reward on this route
From FLEX ticket: 24,000 Membership Rewards points required for 30,000 Skywards Miles
From SAVER ticket: 30,000 Membership Rewards points required for 37,500 Skywards Miles

Terms and Conditions: Minimum transfer is 1,000 Membership Rewards points (increments of 500 points) to Emirates Skywards Miles. One Membership Rewards point is equal to one Emirates Skywards Mile. 25% bonus Skyward Miles will be applied to your first Membership Rewards points transfer made between 8 November and 22 November, 2013. Bonus Skywards Miles will be awarded at the time of transfer. Once you have transferred Membership Rewards® points, they become subject to the Emirates Skywards Programme Rules and cannot be transferred back to your Membership Rewards program account. Taxes, fees, and carrier charges apply on Emirates redemption flights and upgrades. See Emirates Skywards Programme Rules for details. Individual air carrier restrictions may apply. This offer is only valid for the recipient of this email and is not transferable. Enrolment into the Emirates Skywards programme is mandatory. You must be enrolled in the Emirate Skywards program in order to participate in this offer, visit to enrol. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards® program apply.



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