Emirates JFK to Milan and EWR to Athens back on schedule June 1st

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Emirates 5th Freedom routes to Europe are back baby!

One of the cooler ways to fly Emirates is between the US and Europe on their 5th freedom routes. They are back baybayyyy. Starting June 1st, 2021 you’ll be able to fly Emirates between the US and Europe. Don’t forget that when you fly roundtrip you get access to “Flex” pricing and that drops Emirates first class down to 135k points roundtrip between EWR and ATH. That is a screaming good deal. These are operated by older 777s, but it’s still an incredible deal.

Don’t forget that Emirates is a transfer partner of these programs:

Emirates 777 First Class Window Seat

Emirates Newark to Athens back on June 1st

First Class space is avail for at least 1 person for 135k and about $165 roundtrip

Don’t forget that Emirates slashed their fees and now it’s a fraction of what it used to cost.

It would have this first class

Emirates 777 First Class cabin

JFK to MXP is back on the schedule

Note that this route used to be served by an A380, but will also be serviced by a 777. No First Class space that I could find, but plenty of business class. And a damn good price if you ask me. 107,500 points Roundtrip 

In theory you could do this for just 90k

I haven’t personally flown on Emirates 777 business class, but it doesn’t offer all aisle access and the seats aren’t 100% lie flat. But..for less than a 7 hour flight where you may not sleep anyways – it’s a pretty awesome deal.

courtesy of emirates.com


Overall – it’s pretty exciting to see these 5th Freedom Flights back on the schedule

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80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

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There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

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Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

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  • Amanda January 27, 2021

    Referral link for Chase Sapphire Preferred if anyone needs:

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  • Daniel January 25, 2021

    I would venture to say that EK would be better in F, J or Y than any of the American carriers (and many of the European ones too).

  • Rob January 25, 2021

    The text in picture you used of the 777 business class from the website says that it IS completely lie flat, but your commentary said it isn’t. Is that a mistake or is there more to it?

    • Miles January 25, 2021

      Great point – i’d guess the 777s used on this route are more than likely going to feature the old biz class which is “lie flat” but angled. The only stock photo I could quickly pull was that one which is nicer than what will probably be on that route, but who knows at this point

  • Christian January 25, 2021

    What does economy run for these routes? A cheap economy award ticket to Athens would be pretty great.

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