Article edited to include further info on Emirates Skywards miles

Emirates has loaded availability for many Rugby World Cup 2019 matches using Emirates Skywards miles. 

RWC Emirates tickets

I’m not an avid rugby fan so haven’t been following the ticket sales process closely. Looking online it seems that these tickets can be pretty expensive unless you were successful in the ballot or subsequent resales.

Some of the key matches of interest for UK-based readers will be:

  • England v Tonga – 22nd September 2019 – 10,000 miles
  • Ireland v Scotland – 22nd September 2019 – 16,000 miles
  • Wales v Georgia – 23rd September 2019 – 10,000 miles
  • England v USA – 26th September 2019 – 10,000 miles
  • Japan v Ireland – 28th September 2019 – 20,000 miles
  • Australia v Wales – 29th September 2019 – 16,000 miles
  • Scotland v Samoa – 30th September 2019 – 8,000 miles
  • Ireland v Russia – 3rd October 2019 – 8,000 miles
  • England v Argentina – 5th October 2019 – 16,000 miles
  • Scotland v Russia – 9th October 2019 – 8,000 miles
  • Wales v Fiji – 9th October 2019 – 8,000 miles
  • Ireland v Samoa – 12th October 2019 – 10,000 miles
  • Wales v Uruguay – 13th October 2019 – 8,000 miles
  • Japan v Scotland – 13th October 2019 – 20,000 miles

Here’s a complete list of the available matches:

RWC games 1

RWC games 2

RWC games 3

RWC games 4

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles

If you don’t have Emirates Skywards miles ready to use, there are various ways you can earn them. Emirates is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards. Points transfer at a 1:1 ratio and provided your accounts are already linked, transfers should be almost instantaneous.

You can earn Membership Rewards points via:

You can also transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Emirates Skywards at a 1:3 ratio (bar a couple of exceptions), with 15,000 bonus points ( 5,000 bonus Emirates miles) thrown in for every 60,000 Marriott points that you convert to airline miles.

You can accumulate Marriott points via either of the Amex Platinum & Gold cards mentioned above, as well as the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Credit Card (full review) which offers a 30,000 Marriott points sign-up bonus.


For clarity, I haven’t compared the cash value of these tickets to the number of miles required. But if you have a stash of Emirates Skywards miles and have struggled for Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets, this could be a solution.

If you are interested, head to the link below sooner rather than later. I’d expect the more popular matches to disappear very quickly.

You can buy tickets on this page of the Emirates website

You will need an Emirates Skywards account to log-in, but don’t need to have any miles in your account to view the listings. 

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