Alaska Airlines announced that it will allow for earning and redemption on Emirates to coincide with the latter’s new nonstop service between Seattle and Dubai.
We don’t know the redemption rates yet, but I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that there are great redemption options on both Etihad and Qatar Airways via ANA Mileage Club, especially if you are looking to go to the Middle East or India (both regions are heavily covered by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar). The best part of using ANA to redeem on Etihad and Qatar is that you use ANA’s mileage-based reward chart. What does that mean? It means you can fly to most destinations in the Middle East from the East Coast of the US for 90,000 miles round trip in business class. You’ll be looking at about $600 in fuel surcharges (weak!), but it’s an extremely low mileage redemption rate compared to most airlines.
Emirates and Qatar have been good availability as well, which is certainly a bonus.
How do you get miles into ANA? Easy enough – transfer from Membership Rewards or from Starwood Preferred Guest (where you’ll get the usual 5k bonus for 20k transfers, so you can get that 90,000 mile reward for just 75,000 Starwood points.)