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Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?
The old SPG had a partnership for reciprocal earning between Emirates Skywards and Marriott Rewards (now Bonvoy).
There used to also be a partnership with Delta called Crossover Rewards but that’s long gone now with the merger.
Anyway, the Emirates partnership went away many months ago, but it has made a comeback.
You can link your accounts at Your World Rewards which will get you the following:
When you are an Emirates elite passenger and stay at Marriott hotels:
You’ll earn one Skywards mile per US dollar spent and also get some on property benefits normally only granted to Marriott elite members, namely 4pm checkout and free Wifi. Note that the 4pm late checkout does not appear to be guaranteed like it is for Marriott Platinum/Titanium/Ambassador members.
If you are Emirates Blue (no status) you get no benefits and do not even earn anything for the stay.
When you are a Marriott Bonvoy member and Fly Emirates:
If you are Platinum or higher with Marriott, you will get Priority check-in at designated check-in counters and priority boarding on Eligible Flights for the Your World Rewards Participant only.
As well, if you are a Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite or Ambassador Elite Member, you will earn three Points for every one US dollar or its foreign equivalent denomination spent on Eligible Fares (excluding taxes, fees and surcharges).
This is pretty weak, in my opinion, because it’s excluding non-elites from even earning the 1 mile or 3 points per dollar spent.
However, assuming you already are elite with one or both companies, you may as well link to get the free miles and points.
Did you Link?
You can find credit cards that best match your spending habits and bonus categories at Your Best Credit Cards.
New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.