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Increased Bonuses for Barclays Emirates Credit Cards
Barclays and Emirates launched two new credit cards in the United States back in September of 2020.The two cards, Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard and the Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard, comes with respective fees of $499 and $99 annually. With these cards you’ll also enjoy Emirates Skywards Gold or Silver membership to enrich your Emirates experience, and other benefits.
The welcome bonuses at launch were 40K and 30K Skywards Miles for each card, but have now been improved with an extra 20,000 miles while the spending requirement has stayed the same.
|Benefits||Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard||Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard|
|Enjoy Emirates Skywards tier membership during your first year||Emirates Skywards Gold||Emirates Skywards Silver|
|Maintain Emirates Skywards tier membership||Yes, by spending USD 40,000 each cardmembership year||Yes, by spending USD 20,000 each cardmembership year|
|Earn bonus Skywards Miles after spending USD 3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days||60,000||50,000|
|Earn 3 Skywards Miles for every USD 1 spent on emirates.com or at the Emirates Sales office||Yes||Yes|
|Earn 2 Skywards Miles for every USD 1 spent on eligible airfares, hotel stays and car rentals||Yes||Yes|
|Earn 1 Skywards Mile for every USD 1 spent on all other purchases||Yes||Yes|
|Earn anniversary bonus Skywards Miles after spending USD 30,000 each cardmembership year||10,000||No|
|Your Skywards Miles don’t expire while your account is open||Yes||Yes|
|There’s no limit to the number of Skywards Miles you can earn||Yes||Yes|
|Receive 25% savings when you Buy or Gift Miles||Yes||Yes|
|Unlimited access to over 1,200 lounges worldwide for you and your guest(s) with Priority PassTM Select||Yes||No|
|Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit every five years – up to USD 100||Yes||No|
|No foreign transaction fees on international purchases||Yes||Yes|
The Emirates Skywards program is a transfer partner for all major currencies, American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Capital One Venture Miles. So earning Emirates Skywards is already easy through credit credit cards that earn these currencies.
The bonuses are now much better at 50K for the $99 card and 60K for the $499 card. You also earn status immediately for having the card although you need to meet a spending threshold to keep status going forward ($40K and $20K annually).
The Barclays Emirates Skywards Rewards card could be a good option now with a 50K bonus for those who need Skywards miles. But the Emirates Skywards program is a transfer partner for all major currencies, American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Capital One Venture Miles. So earning Emirates Skywards is already easy through credit credit cards that earn these currencies.