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Emirates announces plan to offer first-ever U.S. credit card

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Some might be excited, but I'll skip it. I've only flown Emirates once (LAX to Dubai five years ago).

 

One would need to give me some incredible reason to apply.

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1 hour ago, cv91915 said:

Worth a visit?  Dubai has been on my "maybe" list for a while.

 

Bev and I were booked for a dream vacation spring 2019 that I backed out of the last minute (to her immense frustration) that was to see us to, among other destinations, 4 nights at Caesars property in Dubai (a fully comped stay via our casino relationship; note Dubai is a non-gaming resort, with a value in excess of $400 / night).  The trip also included 3 nights in Amsterdam, 4 nights in Brussels, and 2 nights in Bruges. 

 

The trip was coordinated with Bev's extended 4 week business trip to Brussels (HQ of her former employer), so her only air expense was her Europe travel BRU-DXB-AMS-BRU, which she was able to cover with ample FF miles.  In my case, I was quoted an incredible excursion fare with AA for the full itinerary, and was able to upgrade the full route to business (only to premium economy on the return to the US) for a small fraction of my miles on tap.

 

Unfortunately, spring can be a bit of an "Achilles heel" for me emotionally.  Call it what you want (SADS, whatever), but I variably come out of winter with a much lagged case of "winter fatigue".  Last year, it hit hard about 3 weeks in advance of the trip.  The day before I was due to depart, I couldn't bear the idea of dragging my ass around aggressively for 2 weeks ... I called Bev with the very sour news.  (We took a modest hit in restoring FF points and on the residual fare credit.)

 

The Dubai offer is still on tap ... 2022?

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6 hours ago, hegemony said:

LIVE!!!!

 

https://www.emirates.com/us/english/destinations_offers/barclays-partnership/

 

perhaps I spoke too soon about not peeing where I swim

 

paging @PotO and @mendelssohn


Thanks, Hege, but I might have to pass on this one.

 

I already have $65k with Barclays. They've already told me several times -- albeit very nicely -- that they will not give me more.  Otherwise, I would hit on this one just for the SUB.  😆

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1 hour ago, PotO said:


Thanks, Hege, but I might have to pass on this one.

 

I already have $65k with Barclays. They've already told me several times -- albeit very nicely -- that they will not give me more.  Otherwise, I would hit on this one just for the SUB.  😆

get the SUB and combo the old card limit to this one. :)

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1 hour ago, PotO said:


Thanks, Hege, but I might have to pass on this one.

 

I already have $65k with Barclays. They've already told me several times -- albeit very nicely -- that they will not give me more.  Otherwise, I would hit on this one just for the SUB.  😆

 

That's interesting ... $65k is where they have me capped with my 3 cards (meaning that my most recent "Arrival" is fixed at $5k, unless I was to move CL; which I don't want to).

 

That could be coincidence, but I'm doubtful.  I haven't seen this as a "commonly reported" threshold.  Is it??

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11 hours ago, hegemony said:

my arrival was 65k IIRC when I closed it.

 

FWIW, a 65K Emirates card would be okay if I could fly somewhere.

 

This is a huge litmus to whether this makes sense anytime soon, especially with the AF. I've heard/read great things about their flights, especially in the nicer cabins but it's all just superfluous at this point.

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1 hour ago, Big Bear said:

 

This is a huge litmus to whether this makes sense anytime soon, especially with the AF. I've heard/read great things about their flights, especially in the nicer cabins but it's all just superfluous at this point.

 

There is an AF???????

 

@hegemony, WTF did you recommend I apply for a card with an AF??????????????????????????????????????????  🙄

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

😂

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15 hours ago, cv91915 said:

Worth a visit?  Dubai has been on my "maybe" list for a while.

Definitely worth a visit, even considering the long flight from LAX and back.  The hotel I stayed at was relatively inexpensive for the city:  The Hotel City Seasons, that's close to the airport.  It's also close to the Metro, that can take you to tourist areas like the Burj Kalifa and Dubai Mall.  There's a large mall a couple blocks from the hotel that I used to pick up a few items and some food to snack on (it had a large Carrefour supermarket).  You can do much of the city on your own, with a couple tours to round things off.  For the Burj Kalifa, book your tower visit online in advance, so you can go up it at the time you want.   One tour I took was the desert experience tour.  I booked it on Viator.  It was interesting, where we had a dinner out in the desert.  The only issue I had was the tour driver drove like a maniac, both on Dubai streets and in the desert.  I felt I was going to fly out of the truck going through the desert.

Obviously, don't go during the hot months.  You might perish.  I went in early March.  It was a bit warm, but comfortable.  You should enjoy the place.  Modern architecture that you might not see anywhere else.  

Edited by Burgerwars

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16 hours ago, cv91915 said:

Worth a visit?  Dubai has been on my "maybe" list for a while.

Out of curiosity, I looked up the hotel on Expedia I stayed at several years ago (City Seasons near the Dubai airport).  Granted September is still hot (highs about 100), the room rates are cheaper than dirt.  $28 a night for a non-refundable king room, and $30 for refundable.  $40 if you want breakfast (I had their breakfast buffet a few times, and it was good).  Unless the place has turned into a dump since I stayed, those rates are almost free.  Of course, there's the problem with COVID (travel restrictions, quarantines, getting there, etc.).  If it wasn't for that, I would be packing.  The Expo has been delayed until late next year.  If rates (and flights) are still like that and COVID abates, one would be crazy not to go.   

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