Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates and Flydubai, is relaxing its policies and offering flexibility to members during this worldwide travel restriction period.

As a part of the revised policies, the validity of Skywards Miles has been extended until December 31, 2020. Miles can be redeemed up to 11 months in advance across rewards including flight tickets on Emirates and partner airlines, flight upgrades, hotel stays, and money-can’t-buy experiences.

Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members with a tier review date prior to March 1, 2021 will retain their current status with just 80 per cent of the usual travel requirements. This means Silver members now need to accumulate only 20,000 tier miles, Gold members 40,000 and Platinum 120,000 to retain their status.

Silver, Gold and Platinum members who are unable to retain their existing tier during status reviews, falling between March and September 2020, will have their status automatically extended until 31 December 2020.

Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, divisional senior vice president Emirates Skywards said, “Emirates Skywards is closely monitoring the situation unfolding worldwide – and we’re with our members every step of the way. We understand our members may be anxious about retaining their status or about the validity of their Miles, and we have relaxed our policies to reassure them during this global crisis – they now have one less thing to worry about.

“The changes and details of these relaxed policies may not immediately reflect in our members’ ‘My Account’ section of emirates.com, and we ask for their understanding and patience during these unprecedented times for all airlines. Meanwhile, we urge everyone in affected cities to stay home and stay safe.”