Earning Alaska Airlines Miles on Emirates Flights

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Earn Mileage Plan miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly on Emirates.

Fly Emirates 4-star service from North America to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, or Africa and earn miles from the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flyer program.  Only certain Emirates fares and flights qualify to earn Mileage Plan miles, and this guide will show you which ones are eligible and how to claim your miles.

See where Emirates flies

Search for Eligible Emirates Flights

Visit Emirates.com to book your flight.  Do not book with an online travel agency like Orbitz, Expedia, etc., because you can’t always tell in which fare class the ticket will be issued, and only certain Emirates fare classes earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.

Only Emirates flight numbers between 001 and 978 qualify to earn Mileage Plan miles.  The flight numbers must be marketed and operated by Emirates (the flight number is preceded by “EK”, Emirates’ airline code) and the tickets must be issued on EK stock.  Both of these conditions will be met if you purchase Emirates-operated flights on Emirates.com.

Select Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan as your frequent flyer program and enter your Mileage Plan number in the passenger information section of the ticket purchase process.

Step 2 – Book a Flight with the Desired Earning Ratio

The fare classes below earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles as a percentage of the actual miles flown on the Emirates flights.

In Emirates economy class, you earn 100% of actual flight miles for fare classes Y, E, R, or W and 50% of actual flight miles for fare classes M, B, U, K, Q, L, T, V, X, or H.

In business class, you earn 100% of actual flight miles plus 25% cabin class bonus miles for fare classes J, C, O, or I.

In first class, you earn 100% of actual flight miles plus 50% cabin class bonus miles for fare classes F, A, or P.

All Emirates flights of less than 500 miles earn a minimum of 500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.

Earned miles and cabin class bonuses count toward elite status qualification.

Emirates tail livery - the UAE flagHow to Book an Emirates Flight in the Desired Fare Class

  • Book your flights on Emirates.com. This will allow you to select flights that are marketed and operated by Emirates.  A travel agent can also book you into the fare class of your choice.  Do not use online travel agencies like Orbitz or Expedia as the ticket may not be issued in a mileage-earning fare class.
  • Look for flights that show the Emirates tail livery (the UAE flag, as in the image above) and begin with the letters "EK".
  • Use this guide to Emirates fare classes to select the fare type (Saver, Flex, etc.) that corresponds to the fare class and your desired mileage earning ratio.

Mileage Plan MVP (Elite) Bonuses for Emirates Flights

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP members earn 50% elite bonus miles on Emirates flights, MVP Gold members earn 100% elite bonus miles, and MVP Gold 75K members earn 125% elite bonus miles.  The elite bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification, but earned miles and cabin class bonuses do.

Add a Mileage Plan Number to an Existing Emirates Reservation

If you’ve already reserved Emirates flights, you can add your Mileage Plan number to ensure proper credit to your Alaska Airlines account.  Visit Emirates.com, then Plan and Book >> Manage a Booking >> Frequent Flyer Program or call (800) 777-3999

Request Credit for Past Emirates Flights

If you’ve flown on Emirates in the past 12 months, you can request the miles be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account.  Email a copy of your ticket and boarding pass to mileage.plan@alaskaair.com.  Allow 4-6 weeks for the miles to show up in your Mileage Plan account.

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