Been dreaming of flying on an award flight on Emirates? That dream of yours just became more accessible thanks to the Dubai-based carrier's new partnership with Chase. Emirates' well-known and well-loved luxury cabins as well as award-winning Economy offerings are finally bookable through Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

The welcome news simply means Emirates' frequent flyer program - Skywards - is now a Chase Ultimate Rewards airline transfer partner. As with Chase Ultimate Rewards' 12 other travel transfer partners, such as United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Marriott Bonvoy and more, Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to Skywards at a 1:1 ratio. For the uninitiated, Skywards is also the loyalty program of flydubai, Dubai's low-cost carrier.

If you have a huge stash of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, now could be a good time to splash out on Emirates' First Class or Business Class product. If you don't yet have that many points to enjoy Emirates' luxury offerings at this time, you might want to consider signing up for the credit card below to take advantage of the bonus offer.

Keep in mind Emirates Skywards award flight redemptions typically come with rather substantial surcharges, so you might have to cough out a fair bit of cash depending on your flight origin, class of service and destination.

For those who are bent on experiencing Emirates' top-notch service for themselves and are willing to wait till next year, you'd be pleased to know the carrier will be launching its highly anticipated Premium Economy cabin on its new Airbus A380 aircraft in 2020. A step up from regular Economy, Emirates promises its Premium Economy offering will come with enhanced dining options and a quieter cabin among other features. Premium Economy passengers can also look forward to enjoying personalized attention from Emirates cabin crew.

And although Emirates is not part of any of the major airline alliances in the world, it has its own airline partners, namely: Air Mauritius; Alaska Airlines; Copa Airlines; easyJet; GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes; Japan Airlines; JetBlue; Jetstar; Korean Air; Malaysia Airlines; Qantas; S7 Airlines; South African Airways; and TAP Portugal.

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