On June 1 Emirates announced that credit card spend would count towards earning elite status on its Gulf region credit cards.
- Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard® 50,000 bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days of enrollment
- Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard® 60,000 bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days of enrollment
And both new and existing cardmembers earn 1 elite tier mile for every 4 Emirates Skywards miles earned on these cards through end of 2021. In addition, tickets booked through July 31, 2021 earn double elite tier miles as well. These combine to make elite status, currently extended until 2022, easier to earn.
The two cards come with elite status initially, and spending on the card lets you keep that status.
- The $99 annual fee Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard® comes with Silver status for a year, and $20,000 spend each year continues to earn that status. Silvers get complimentary seat selection and priority check-in and boarding, plus business class lounge access for themselves in Dubai.
- The $499 annual fee Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard® comes with Gold status (the 50,000 mile tier) for a year, and $40,000 spend each year continues to earn that status. Golds can bring a guest with them into any Emirates business lounge. The card comes with Priority Pass Select (unlimited visits) and TSA PreCheck or Global Entry reimbursement (up to $100, every 5 years – so you may need to wait for benefits to expire to re-apply and get the credit).
Cardmembers’ miles don’t expire. The cards are valuable for preserving the life of miles, and for those who value Emirates status. They aren’t good for spending money on outside of earning elite status, since Emirates is a transfer partner with Chase, American Express, and Citibank and those issuers have cards which earn points faster and can be transferred to Skywards, to other programs, or spent directly for travel and other items.