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Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard

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Earn 60,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first 90 days.

Bonus Value

Approximately $600 - $720

Annual Fee

$499

Card Rewards

3 points on emirates.com or at the Emirates Sales office

2 points on airfares, hotels and car rentals

1 points on all other purchases

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Card Overview

The Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard, with its high annual fee of $499, will automatically upgrade you to gold status in the first year. Emirates Skywards benefits on this card include access to lounges worldwide, anniversary bonus points if you spend $30,000 annually, priority check-in, boarding, and baggage delivery, and all the Barclay World Elite card travel benefits.

Card-Smart Tips & Advice
  • Credit: Good credit needed
  • Max cards: Barclays bank will (usually) only approve you for up to 2 personal credit cards within 12 months.
  • Barclays will not approve you for their business cards if you have opened 6 or more credit cards within the past 24 months.
  • Double-dipping: Barclays may not approve you for a credit card that you’ve already had in the past (and closed, for whatever reason).
  • Apply for two cards: If you apply for one Barclays card and get approved, it is recommended to apply for a second card since Barclays is very good about approving for two cards, even within the same day. You might have to call the reconsideration department to push for the second card to get approved.

  • Use your Barclays card often: If you do not use your open Barclays cards often, then Barclays may hesitate to approve you for a new one
  • Credit bureau: Barclays Bank will usually pull your Transunion credit report (if you freeze Transunion then Barclays will pull your Experian credit report)
  • Combining same-day credit inquiries: Many data points suggest that credit inquiries for same-day applications will be combined
  • Check application status: You can check your application status  here
  • Reconsideration: If declined you can call 1 866 408 4064 to be reconsidered
  • Quickest way to get my card: During the credit card application, you can request for your physical card to be expedited overnight via FedEx for a $15 fee. Barclays will not offer an instant credit card number for your new card

Approval Monitor (submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users)

67% Approved
758 Avg. Score of those approved
33% Denied
Approved 67% (2)
Denied 33% (1)

Credit limit range $5,000-$5,000

Avg. Credit limit$5,000

Approved 67% (2)
Denied 33% (1)

Disclosure: These results are based on information submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users. Credit card approval results are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. Neither HelpMeBuildCredit nor the bank advertiser's take any responsibility on the accuracy of the information.

Welcome Offer Eligibility
Your eligible for the welcome bonus even if you received the welcome bonus in the past. But, keep in mind if you had this credit card in the past, you may be declined.
Card Details And Benefits
Rewards

– 3 points on emirates.com or at the Emirates Sales office
– 2 points on airfares, hotels and car rentals
– 1 points on all other purchases

Foreign Transaction Fee

No foreign transaction fee.

Upgraded Status

Automatic upgrade to Emirates Skywards Gold status within the first year . You must spend $40,000 annually to keep up the status.

Extra Redemption Value

Get 50% bonus Skyward miles on Emirates flights for you and passengers on the same reservation.

Lounge Access

Access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide, with a complimentary membership to Priority Pass Select for you and companions. Plus, complimentary access to Emirates business class lounges worldwide for you and one companion.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Coverage for canceled or interrupted travel due to an unforeseen medical emergency etc. Max $5,000 per trip, $10,000 per year for non-refundable travel expenses including flight tickets, hotels,

Auto Rental Collision Insurance

Worldwide primary coverage on international rentals, and secondary coverage on domestic rentals. Coverage is for rentals up to 31 days.

Travel Accident Insurance

Get coverage if you, G-d forbid, die in an accident while traveling or lose a limb, sight, speech, or hearing (on common carriers). Receive up to $250,000 in compensation.

Cell Phone Protection

Get reimbursed for up to $800 per claim (with a $50 deductible) if your cell phone breaks or gets stolen. To activate coverage, you need to pay your monthly cell phone bill with your Emirates Skywards Premium credit card. Max $1,000 or 2 claims per year.

Luggage delay insurance

If your baggage is delayed for 4+ hours, you can claim up to $100 per day, for up to 3 days.

Priority Boarding

Get complimentary priority boarding, check-in, and baggage delivery.

Anniversary Bonus Points

Get 10,000 bonus points each cardmember anniversary after spending $30,000 annually.

How can the points be used?

The points can be redeemed for award flights on Emirates Airlines and its partners at the approximate value of 1 - 1.2 cents per point.  Emirates Skywards partners include:
  • FlyDubai
  • Air Mauritius
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Copa Airlines
  • easyJet
  • GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
  • Japan Airlines
  • jetBlue
  • Jetstar
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • S7 Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal

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*The estimate is based on our research on what approximate value consumers get when booking travel with points or transferring the points to partner airlines/hotels and booking award travel. You might need to be reward savvy to achieve the proper value. You can find out more on how we value points here

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