Last week I wrote about Emirates’ partner award availability between the US and Dubai. At the time, there was excellent partner awards availability from the US to Dubai, but award space from Dubai to the US was not available until late August.
As of today, things have changed considerably. Starting on August 1st, award space from DXB to the US is widely available, including first class seats as indicated by the 150k + $68 in the calendar below. Business class availability is even better.
There are a couple of caveats here:
First, award space is only available on flights from DXB to BOS and EWR for much of the month. DXB to LAX availability does not show up until August 22nd, and DXB to SFO does not show up until August 25th.
Second, all flights in August will be on Emirates’ 777-300ER, not the A380. While this is certainly disappointing for fellow A380 lifers, I’m not sure how much impact this will have, since the most distinctive features of Emirates’ A380 – the rear bar and showers – will be closed due to COVID.