You can book Emirates First Class with Alaska Airlines miles with no fuel surcharges. Alaska charges 90,000 miles one way to Dubai and 100,000 miles to Europe, Africa, or Asia. You can even get a free stopover on one way awards, so I recently booked Zurich to Dubai, a stopover there, and then Dubai to Houston to get nearly 24 hours in Emirates A380 First Class and two showers for 100,000 miles.
Right now there is First Class award space for 4+ people on many Emirates routes from the United States to Dubai and vice versa.
The best award space is on the New York-to-Dubai (including the daily flight that stops in Milan) and Dallas-to-Dubai routes. This is a calendar for July 1-10 for four passengers in First Class, made by Award Nexus. Wide open!
Getting Four Showers
If your definition of maximizing your Emirates redemption is getting the most showers for your miles, you can easily book four segments/showers on alaskaair.com.
Combine the New York-Milan-Dubai flight with a flight to Bangkok with a fifth freedom route from Bangkok to Hong Kong. You can enjoy one stopover longer than 24 hours along the way at any point. The image below shows that stopover in Bangkok.
Alaska Airlines Award Routing Rules
Alaska Airlines is extremely generous allowing a stopover on one way awards, anywhere you’d like en route.
Getting Alaska Miles
You can get Alaska Airlines miles from Alaska Airlines co-branded credit cards and Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards.
Alaska Airlines cards usually have very small sign up bonuses in the 25k to 30k mile range, but you can get a new one every 91+ days without closing the old ones.
Starwood Preferred Guest cards also have 25k or 30k sign up bonuses. Starpoints transfer 1:1 to Alaska miles with a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points transferred.
There is great award space in Emirates A380 First Class for several people on the same flight at the moment. Book with Alaska miles. See Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Basics.
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