Flying on Emirates Airlines? Here Are All the Must-Knows

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With a distinguished history spanning more than three decades, Emirates Airlines is one of the top airlines in the UAE as well as around the world. Founded in 1985, the airline is based in Dubai, UAE. Currently, Emirates Airlines offers more than 3,000 weekly flights to nearly 152 locations

Emirates, as one of the world’s most distinguished airlines, can be a suitable choice for most of your journeys. So if you have decided to use this for your journey or simply wish to know more, go through the article below to know everything from Emirates Airlines booking to things you must keep in mind before boarding your Emirates flight!

How to Book Tickets on Emirates Airlines?

Emirates Airlines bookings can easily be made from the comfort of your home via its official online booking portal. You can simply visit the Emirates website and enter the necessary details, such as departure and arrival city, date of travel, and ticket class. This will display the list of available flights for the same. You can search for the most convenient flight time and fare as per your requirements and proceed with the booking.

Making an Emirates Airlines booking online can bring you several benefits, as you can pick your preferred seats and meal as well as additional services such as car rentals or hotels. Following this, you can complete the payment online using a credit/debit card or Skywards Miles. You will receive your Emirates Airlines booking confirmation and all the necessary details on the registered email address.

After obtaining the booking reference, log into your Emirates account and manage all your travel plans on a single platform. You can complete your web check-in online before reaching the airport.

Keep in mind that Emirates Airlines bookings can be modified and changed as per your travel plans online as well. You can log into your Emirates account to modify the booking. However, the rules to modify the booking are subject to airline policies and may change from time to time.

Luggage-Related Guidelines for Emirates Airlines

Emirates Airlines offer a generous baggage allowance., as you may check in as many bags as you choose subject to the weight restrictions of your flight class. Keep in mind that the weight of any one bag should not exceed 32 kg.

While the luggage guidelines primarily depend on the specific route, destination, and source, the table below will give you a quick glimpse into the general weight restrictions on various categories of the economy class –

Travel Class Special Saver Flex Flex Plus
Economy 20 kg 25 kg 30 kg 35 kg

The following table covers weight restrictions on checked-in luggage across all travel classes –

Travel Class   Allowance  
Premium Economy   35 kg  
Business Class   40 kg  
First Class   50 kg  

The rules for cabin baggage are different from those for checked-in luggage. You must ensure that the cabin baggage fits in one of the overhead bins or beneath the seat in front of you.

The allowance for the same will vary as per the route, class of travel, and the Skywards membership tier. The maximum allowed carry-on size is 55 cm x 38 cm x 20 cm.

The table below states the permitted weight of cabin baggage across various classes:

Class of Travel Allowance
Economy 7 kg
Premium Economy 10 kg
Business and First Class 7 kg (carry-on) + 7 kg (briefcase/garment bag)

Extra luggage allowance can be purchased online or at the check-in counter before your flight. However, the rates differ would between the two, with the online one being the more affordable choice.

How to Check the Status of an Emirates Flight?

You can easily check the flight status of your Emirates Airlines by visiting the ‘manage booking’ section on the emirates website. Here, you would be able to find a designated section labelled “Flight Status” where you have to enter your destination and arrival city along with the date of travel to check the status of your flight.

You can also download the Emirates App to check the flight status and organise the trip on your phone.

Emirates Airlines Visa Services

Online applications and payments are now accepted for visas from nationals of countries that need prearranged visas for the UAE. If you are flying to or stopping over in Dubai with Emirates, you may apply for a UAE visa online and obtain it without being required to send in your passport to be stamped. After buying your tickets on Emirates, you can apply for your UAE visa using the "Manage your booking" feature on the official Emirates Airlines website.

To make the UAE visa application process convenient, Emirates has partnered with VFS Global for their visa services. VFS Global is a commercial company that provides assistance to individuals and travel partners applying for visas to enter the UAE and travel on Emirates Airlines.

Only travellers with a confirmed Emirates booking — one where a ticket for an Emirates flight has already been issued and the desired time in Dubai is specified on the flight itinerary — are eligible for this service. Similarly, flights into and out of Dubai must be on the same ticket (PNR) and must be operated by Emirates.

It is necessary to submit an online application at least 4 international working days before arriving in Dubai, although the airline advises doing so at the earliest.

If you have a family member or close relative who lives in the UAE, they can apply for a visa on your behalf at any of the Emirates ticketing offices in the UAE. Please keep in mind that this service is only available to UAE residents.

You can reach out to the airlines via the Emirates Airlines visa helpline number on 04 504 7300 in Dubai or drop a mail at ekvisaquery@emirates.com.

Contact Number of Emirates Airlines

For general enquiries, you can contact Emirates Airlines at +971600555555. However, in case of heavy call volume and long waiting time, you can resort to the following alternatives to get your queries sorted –

  • To change an existing book or make a new one, you can do so directly on emirates.com
  • For information regarding travel requirements, you can check the page labelled ‘travel requirements’ on the Emirates Airlines website
  • If your flight has been cancelled or disrupted by route suspensions owing to COVID-19 restrictions, you won’t be required to contact Emirates immediately for rebooking. Simply keep your Emirates ticket and contact the airlines or the booking office to make alternative travel arrangements once the flights resume.

Remember to keep all the necessary documents ready before you take off for your next holiday. This way, you can have a seamless flight experience and make the most out of your Emirates Airlines booking.

Happy flying!

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