What are some good airline / frequent flyer program options to use for Dubai to Europe?


Hi all

Firstly, thanks to the superb advice on this site (and a few others) I booked the F apartments from MEL-AUH on the Etihad A380 for 60,000 AA points each. Absolutely excellent value at a quarter of the retail price.

Now, I want to get to Europe from there and I figured I’d spend a couple of days in Dubai first (does anyone know if the EY complimentary chauffer service allow transfer from Abu Dhabi to Dubai?) and then fly out of DXB. Does anyone have any creative suggestions using frequent flyer points? I’m flexible on airlines dates.

So far I’ve looked at:

  1. Emirates – using QF points – 50,000 for J and 75,000 for F.
  2. BA – using AA points – 40,000

What I’d love to do is Air France or Lufthansa but Michael Kao scared me off AF and LH seems to have odd availability on Life Miles. What about Korean Air’s FFP? Can I transfer SPG points to that program and leverage into Skyteam?

As always, I look forward to your comments.


  • Anywhere specific in Europe you are aiming for?

  • Need to end up in London eventually, but hoping to go via Copenhagen.

  • Sorry to scare you off. I was shocked too when I read that article.

    To go to LHR another one you can try using AA is our very own Qantas, which has an excellent F product. Availability between DXB to LHR is probably the best you can get on Qantas F. You also get to enjoy EK lounge in DXB.

    If you are thinking of going through CPH, I don’t think there is any FFP that I can think of that will allow you to have a stopover in CPH and then onto LHR. So you will most likely need 2 tickets. What you can do with your point is using QF points on EK flight to CPH and then get a cheap revenue ticket to London in Y. (Intra Europe J is same seat as Y with middle row blocked. So not worth paying J for).

    I’m not sure about Korean air’s redemption rate on partner’s airlines. (Just google!) As Korean mile is not an easy currency to earn in Australia, I can’t really help you there. May be someone else here can. But from what I’ve read, to redeem on Korean is not simple, you need to fill out an application form for award seats. (And it’s not called award seat. It’s called bonus seat!)

    I assume you have citiprestige card as you were inquiring about AF. Citiprestige can be converted to Delta’s skymiles so you do have access to Skyteam, no need to go through Korean, unless you were planning to use Korean miles to redeem AF first, as Korean is the only sky team member that allows F redemption. Again, I’m not familiar with Korean so I can’t tell you how easy it is to redeem AF F class. But consider that it’s not accessible to their own Flying Blue non elite members, I doubt you can get it via partner’s program. Happy to be proven wrong though!

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does anyone know if the EY complimentary chauffer service allow transfer from Abu Dhabi to Dubai

Yes it’s possible according to what I have read…

  • Thanks, Dave. It’s a 1.5 hour ride from what I understand.

  • Hello,

    I would check with Etihad to make sure you can get limos. They no longer permit limos on their cheapest bought business class tickets now so not sure if they limit on all redemption bookings too. I copied and pasted the conditions as per their website. Z class is breaking deal in business class. Not sure what they consider complimentary. Hopefully all good and you get it.

    Etihad Chauffeur service is not available to the following guests

    1.The Etihad Chauffeur service is not available on Business Breaking Deals Fare Choice and any other discounted tickets. Please check with your travel agent or with the Etihad Airways office at the time of your booking.
    2.The service is not available to guests who are waitlisted, in transit or those collecting tickets on departure.
    3.The Etihad Chauffeur service can only be used by travellers who have a corresponding arriving or departing flight on the same day. The service cannot be availed on any other day for any reason.
    4.Etihad Chauffeur is not available to Unaccompanied Minors (UM).
    5.Chauffeur service is not applicable for children between 2 and 12 years.
    6.Etihad Chauffeur service must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Service will not be confirmed for bookings made within 24 hours. Service cannot be arranged for guests on arrival at airport without prior bookings.
    7.Etihad Chauffeur operates within specific distances of all destinations where offered. If the service requested exceeds the specified mileage limits in any given city, guests are required to pay for the excess mileage at the locally applicable rates. All charges for excess mileage should be settled by guests directly with the chauffeur.
    8.If a guest fails to cancel an Etihad Chauffeur booking and the chauffeur arrives at the appointed time and place only to be sent away, this will be termed as “No Show”. The service cannot be rebooked for a future date in conjunction with the same ticket.
    9.Etihad Chauffeur services are provided by third party service providers. Etihad has no liability for loss, personal injury or death incurred during the use of such facilities and services unless such loss, personal injury or death is / are caused solely by Etihad negligence.
    10.Etihad Chauffeur is not available for use with complimentary tickets or complimentary upgrades from Economy to Business and/or First Class.
    11.Guests must adhere to the pick-up times given to them. The pick-up time is neither flexible nor negotiable. Drivers will wait for a maximum of 20 minutes, after which the driver will advise the guest and promptly be released for the next assignment.
    12.Etihad Chauffeur service is not available to guests travelling on codeshare flights not operated by Etihad Airways.

  • If it is permitted then yes it would be included as you can travel anywhere in UAE.


    All over the UAE


    Anywhere in the Emirates – service is not provided in Abu Dhabi for guests in transit

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