Emirates Skyward calculates award rates based on zones. The most direct routing on Emirates is assumed, in most cases this means connections through Dubai.

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How About Football Tickets Instead of Airline Tickets?
As the interest for football (the soccer type) is ramping up again ahead the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Emirates Skywards has come up with a way to satisfy its members who are also soccer fans. Starting at 2,000 miles members can redeem tickets for home games at the following impressive line-up of clubs:


Qantas and Emirates to Partner
According to German publication BizTravel, Qantas' and Emirates' frequent flyer programs will join forces on March 31, 2013. This means that members of each program will be able to use their miles on flights on the other carrier.

Details here [in German]:

We will adjust our calculator as soon as possible when we get a hold of the redemption rates.

Emirates / Alaska Redemption Partnership
Starting January 16, 2013, Emirates and Alaska Airlines are expanding their partnership to include award flight redemption. Members of Emirates Skywards and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan will be able to redeem their points for flights on each other's routes.

Link to the Alaska Airlines award rates:

Link to the Emirates award rates:

Milez.biz will add the partner rates to its calculator as soon as possible.

New Partnership Between TAP and Emirates
Starting December 21, 2012, members of TAP Victoria can redeem flights on Emirates and members of Emirates Skywards can redeem flights on TAP Portugal.

Here is the announcement on Route-News.com:

To calculate and compare rates between Dubai and Lisbon, click here.

Skywards Members can Redeem easyJet Flights
Members of Emirates' Skywards frequent flyer program can now redeem easyJet flights through a partnership that was recently announced. This adds 600 new routes in Europe and North Africa for award flight redemptions for members of the Emirates program.