Italian authorities have given the go-ahead for Emirates to proceed with their planned service between Milan Malpensa and JFK effective October 1st 2013. The route, which continues on to Dubai, will be operated using B777-300ER aircraft in addition. The flight will be in addition to the two existing daily A380 non-stops between JFK-DXB. The flight schedule will be as follows:
EK206 JFK-MXP 2220-1215 + 1 77W
EK205 MXP-JFK 1600-1900 77W
Emirates has already sent out an email to Skywards members offering double miles on the route “enough for an immediate reward on our partners, JetBlue and easyJet.”
What about redemptions? As mentioned in my last entry on the new route, the flights are still looking fantastic with great availability in first, business, and economy. This would truly be an easy way to get the entire family to Europe, if not for the lack of current EK JFK-MXP redemption opportunities. I normally recommend Alaska Mileage Plan, JAL Mileage Bank, and Korean Skypass for Emirates redemptions, but currently only one of these options is viable on the route if you’re not looking to continue on to Dubai. Korean does not allow for Emirates redemptions on JFK-MXP, nor does Alaska Mileage Plan (hopefully these will change soon). This leaves JAL as the only option, though the roundtrip pricing is very reasonable – 40K Economy, 65K Business, 100K First and currently no fuel surcharges being imposed on the route! Unfortunately, there’s no great way to accumulate JAL miles except via an SPG transfer. Of course, there’s the 5,000 SPG point bonus for every 20,000 transferred which brings the total SPG requirement down, but still requires quite a bit of SPG points.
I’ll continue to update this post on overall award availability as well as any changes to Mileage Plan and Korean Skypass redemptions for this route.