Emirates Status Extension by 12 months into 2022

Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates, has decided to award all their elite members with a status extension owing to the current CoVid-19 situation. All members with their tier reviews scheduled in 2021 will be given an additional 12 months of status, making their status go into 2022. This looks like an update on the decision they made late into 2020 to grant a 1-year extension to all elites, now doubling down on it.

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Emirates Status Extension 2021 into 2022

Emirates has become one of the first airlines to determine that even 2021 will not be enough to get out of the woods, and flying won’t be back to normal as it should have been pre-pandemic. So, the airline has decided that all members will get an extension of their tier review into 2022.

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, has rolled out new measures to offer its members more support, flexibility, and choice – allowing members to retain elite tier status until 2022. The loyalty programme is one of the first in the world, and first in the region, to offer its members a generous extension on all tier status reviews scheduled for 2021, by an additional 12 months. With travel restrictions still in place due to COVID-19, Emirates Skywards continues to pioneer new ways to offer its members greater reassurance during this time.

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Here are the details of the Emirates status extension being handed out:

Extending tier status

Emirates Skywards Silver and Gold members with a tier review date prior to 31 December 2021, will have their current tier status extended by an additional 12 months.

Emirates Skywards Platinum members with a tier review date prior to 31 December 2021, will also have their current tier status extended by 12 months, in addition to the Gold status of any nominee.

As an example, if a member has a current tier review date on 31 March 2021, their new tier review date will be extended to 31 March 2022.

Extending miles validity

The loyalty programme has also further extended the validity of any Skywards Miles due to expire since April 2020 until 30 June 2021. Skywards Miles can be redeemed up to 11 months in advance for an extensive range of rewards, including flight tickets on Emirates, flight upgrades, and many more privileges.

Members can fly Emirates with full confidence as the airline has revised its booking policies to offer customers generous re-booking terms and options. Customers who purchase a ticket for travel on or before 30 June 2021, can change their travel dates or extend the ticket validity for 2 years.

As you see, Emirates has also added extension of all the miles expired last year to June 2021. Will this be enough remains to be seen.

Emirates is also touting further promotions to come out throughout the year, which will allow members to retain or earn status.

Emirates Skywards will also be rolling out more initiatives throughout the year to help members retain tier status, or fast-track to a higher tier status. Members can look forward to a year of delightful surprises including bonus tier miles, complimentary tier upgrades, paid tier opportunities, and many more exclusive offers.

Looks interesting, and I’ll wait to see what does Emirates come up with in this case.


Emirates has decided to extend the status of all their elite members into 2022 and also given them an extension of expiring miles into June 2021. This is in line with some other carriers who have made similar announcements in January 2021 itself such as Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways. Don’t stress about travel anymore, your perks are safe for another year.

What do you think about the Emirates Status Extension? Is this good enough or do they need to do more in your view?

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