Shane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7470 times:
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...
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.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7124 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
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.