This is not a drill: Shopping can now get you free flights

Thanks to Emirates Skywards' partnership with Emaar Malls, you'll be lounging on a plane faster than you can say overdraft
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This is not a drill: Shopping can now get you free flights

To paraphrase Fergie - granted, not something we do often - a little retail therapy never hurt nobody. In fact, we’ve always thought of it as pretty emotionally rewarding. So you can probably imagine the smug look on our faces when a certain flight company took the definition of “rewarding” to the next level.

It is with already overweight suitcases and neck-pillows donned, that we tell you that Emaar Malls has teamed up with Emirates Skywards to launch an unprecedented rewards programme for shoppers. It is now possible to earn Skywards Miles with the purchase of goods, food and any leisure activity at The Dubai Mall. This includes Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, VR Park, Dubai Ice Rink and Reel Cinemas.

Good news: We’ll never run out of places to shop and miles to earn with the 1,200+ services in The Dubai Mall. Bad news: We didn’t exactly need another reason to whip out our wallets.

“Emirates Skywards members can redeem their Miles on Emirates flights, and a wide range of offers including hotel stays and tickets to international sporting events.” Says Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior VP of Emirates Skywards.

Get on-board by registering to the programme directly on The Dubai Mall mobile app, link your Skywards account, and scan in store receipts from any Dubai Mall outlet.

Final destination: guilt-free shopping.

Photos: Instagram and Supplied