A few years ago, Emirates Skywards introduced the ‘My Family’ program which allows eligible family members to pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates and flydubai flights, and through bonuses or promotions. This handy feature can help Skywards members accumulate points for rewards more quickly.

Emirates Skywards has a global membership of 20 million and all members are eligible to join ‘My Family’. Each account can have up to 8 family members including a nominated Family Head.

Immediate family members are eligible to join a pool, which includes the following:

  • Husband / Wife / Partner
  • Son / Step-Son
  • Daughter / Step-Daughter
  • Mother / Mother-in-Law / Step-Mother
  • Father / Father-in-Law / Step-Father
  • Brother / Sister
  • Granddaughter / Step-granddaughter
  • Domestic helper (!)

The Family Head is responsible for creating the My Family account, adding members, removing members, making travel bookings, redeeming Skywards Miles and all other day-to-day account management.  Any member aged 18 or above can register as the Family Head.

A member can pool up to 100% of their miles earned and the nominated contribution of Miles from each member can be adjusted at any time.

When you’re added to My Family, you’ll be asked to choose a Skywards Miles contribution percentage of 10%, 25%, 50%, 75% or 100%. You can change this at any time and can even make your contribution 0% after the initial log-in.

Similar to individual Skywards Miles, the pooled miles will be valid in the My Family account for three years.

Tier Miles (for earning status) will continue to be credited to your individual Emirates Skywards and cannot be contributed to My Family.

For more information about My Family and to set up your account, click here.

Don’t forget: you can also opt to earn Qantas Points when flying on eligible Emirates flights to destinations across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Plus, you can earn Qantas Status Credits whenever you fly on an Emirates operated flights with a Qantas flight number.

Qantas doesn’t permit family pooling but you can transfer points between family members for free (unlike with Emirates, which charges for non-family-pooling transfers).

To get tips like this delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter:

We'll never spam you or share your email!