Emirates Offering Aggressive Status Match Opportunity

Emirates has a lot of Airbus A380s. Those are big planes, with a lot of seats, and they need to send them somewhere. Like Dallas.

Emirates wasn’t selling the bulk of their premium seats when they were flying a Boeing 777 on the route. Now they have even more premium seats.

And they’re facing competition to and through the Middle East from both Eithad (which is an American partner, and that helps a great deal in the Dallas market) and Qatar (which as a oneworld alliance member is an American partner, and that helps a great deal in Dallas).

Unsurprisingly, Emirates A380 first class award space is pretty darned wide open. A booked some seats a couple of weeks ago myself using Alaska Airlines miles.

As a result, Emirates is getting aggressive and generous. Here’s what they are offering folks booking their Dallas flight:

  • If you have American AAdvantage elite status, and buy a ticket for their Dallas – Dubai flight, they’ll give you a status match.

  • If you don’t have elite status with anyone, but buy a premium cabin ticket on their Dallas – Dubai flight, they’ll give you elite status in their Skywards program. (Interesting, it’s not clear that they would take the status away if you refunded the ticket after purchase and tier upgrade.)

Here’s How It Works

From the material for travel agents:

Issue an Emirates ticket and register the customer to the Skywards Program
Send the ticket number and the Skywards member number to DFWsales@emirates.com
The passenger will receive the Skywards membership card to the mailing address.
Please contact DFWsales@emirates.com if you have any questions about this promotion.

(HT: Hopwise)

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  1. Might be helpful to summarize the key benefits of Emirates status. Clearly nothing useful on *A or OW. And don’t count on their airport limo service when you book C/F – ours failed to show 2/4 trips.

  2. Sorry, this status match isn’t exactly news. If you have any status and book an Emirates (or Etihad) flight you can work your way into a status with their program..

    If you blindly ask for a status match, they respond by saying “please forward us your most recent or future booking and your current status for consideration”.

  3. Gary I was searching AlaskaAir for a rewards flight and just noticed a pricing error.

    When searching YVR-HKG if the flights are AA (American) they pull up as 25k in coach or 50k in first!

    Clicked through them and they seem bookable, heck of a pricing error deal 🙂

  4. JFK unfortunately that pricing error is now fixed. Looks like an Alaska rep read your comment and patch it 🙁

  5. @JFK – Are you sure the long haul segment isn’t in coach? I just did a quick check and while it shows up at 50k one way, LAX-HKG is in the back. So it’s likely pricing at 40k for the coach award + 10k for a domestic upgrade to first LAX-SEA/YVR

  6. What’s interesting to me is that the IAD flight is very hard for award space and usually very full. Yes they face competition from both Qatar and Etihad there as well as United, but it’s apparently a successful market … and it’s one of the only North America destinations without a A380…

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