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Emirates Economy - Advance Seat Assignments  
User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Hello,

I'm posting this question for a friend who has tickets in Economy on Emirates LHR - DXB - DEL then back DEL - DXB - JFK. He plans to earn UA Mileage Plus miles for this trip. But when trying to get advance seat assignments, EK denied the request saying he must be a member of their mileage program to do so.

Here's my question: What if he signs up for the Emirates "Skywards" program, gets his seats assigned, then when checking in, he asks to have is frequent flyer number changed to the UA Mileage Plus account? In my experience, this wouldn't be a problem on most carriers, but I have no experience with EK.

Of course the concern is that they'll refuse and force him to get the Emirates miles which he'll never use...

What do you all think?

-S

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27313 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6516 times:

Quoting Shane (Thread starter):
What do you all think?

Well I would risk it . Once seat assignments were made they could call up the next day and get the FF number changed. Also at check in they could show the UA card and make sure it came out on the boarding cards. If not they could get them to re issue them with the correct number on .

I have never had any issues getting FF numbers changed when there has been another in the booking.


User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6461 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
I have never had any issues getting FF numbers changed when there has been another in the booking.

That's been my experience as well, but apparently the Emirates agent on the phone was quite strict on this rule. I was hoping to hear from someone with direct experience with the airline...


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6420 times:

When I flew FRA-DXB-JNB and back about a year ago, I could even change my seats online on a seat map - is this no longer possible? My tickets were not even purchased on the web site but on Orbitz.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineJr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 970 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6326 times:

I flew EK a couple of years back and had the miles credited to my CO one pass account. I don't have an EK FF account, and it worked ok. Not sure what has changed between then and now.


I've flown on 9V-SPK.
User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6231 times:

I'm in the exact same situation and here's what I did:

1. Created a EK Skywards account
2. Called EK reservations and added my Skywards number - then requested seats
3. Called EK reservations a day later and asked to change my FFP number to my CO onepass number. They initially said it's not possible to change it, but after a little persuasion they transferred me to their Skywards service center, where the lady quickly changed my FFP to CO.
4. I now see my CO FFP on the booking (online on Emirates.com) and see my seat assignments as well  Smile

Of course, my flights are starting 9th October, so it's only after I fly and see the miles on CO that I can be sure this worked.



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