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Barclays announced a new partnership and a new credit card.
Barclays and Emirates will be launching a co-branded credit card for the U.S. consumers. It was confirmed in a Barclays Q4 earnings report, however there are no specific details yet. The only thing that can be said for sure is that the card will allow to earn Emirates Skywards miles on credit card purchases.
Currently, there is no credit card that would allow U.S. frequent flyers to earn Skywards Miles and use them towards free flights with the airline. The U.S. consumers need to join Emirates Skywards, the airline's frequent flyer program, to earn Skywards Miles. When they join the program, they are also given an opportunity to earn miles with partners, including such airlines as Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Qantas, TAP Portugal, and some others. Also, there are three bank partners that allow to convert rewards into Skywards Miles: American Express, Capital One, and Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Barclays already has some practical experience of offering co-branded credit cards through partnerships with top brands in the U.S. The company offers co-branded credit cards like the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red card, Frontier Airlines credit card, JetBlue Card, Miles & More® card, Uber Credit Card, and some others. If you look at those co-branded credit cards, you may expect that the new Emirates credit card might have a sign-up bonus that would be given after meeting some minimum spending requirements.
The new Emirates co-branded credit card for U.S. consumers is expected this spring.