Skywards, Emirates’ award-winning Frequent Flyer programme, has raised nearly 350,000AED in this year’s Thanks a Million raffle draw at the Dubai World Cup, 50,000AED more than last year’s raffle. Funds raised will go to three charities: Senses, the Red Crescent, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
The lucky grand prize winner, the Skywards Millionaire, is Mats Karlsson, a local Dubai resident originally from Sweden and a Skywards Blue member. Mats and his wife will be able to use their miles in a variety of ways – a trip around the world or 22 Emirates return tickets to their home country – joining an elite group of less than 1% of all 6 million Skywards members worldwide with over a million Miles. Additionally, in an incredible coincidence, the first runner-up and winner of 500,000 Skywards Miles (enough for 12 return tickets to Europe), Ashley Samuel, is the second member of her family to win in the Thanks A Million raffle. Ashley’s mother, Lovely Samuel, won the second place prize in last year’s raffle. Ashley and her mother have enjoyed their year of travel, going to locations such as Canada, the USA, and home to India.