American Express and Emirates Take Flight

  American Express and Emirates Take Flight

New Relationship Connects American Express® Card Members to Emirates Skywards

Limited Time 25% Transfer Bonus for eligible Card Members in the U.S., UK and

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- November 7, 2013

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

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

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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

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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