Qatar Airways has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles. It’s worth being aware of, but probably not worth taking advantage of (for most).
Buy Qatar Airways Qmiles with a bonus
Through Saturday, September 18, 2021, Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering a flat 50% bonus on purchased miles, no matter how many miles you buy.
Qatar Airways ordinarily sells Privilege Club miles for 3.0 US cents each. If you maxed out this promotion you could purchase a total of 375,000 Qmiles (including the 125,000 bonus miles) at a cost of $7,500, which is a rate of 2.0 cents per purchased mile.
There are a few other restrictions and details worth being aware of:
- You can purchase up to 250,000 Qmiles per year (not including any bonuses)
- You can only purchase miles if you’ve earned at least 1,000 miles in the program
- Points purchases are processed by points.com, so wouldn’t count as airfare for the purposes of credit card spending
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club partners with Citi ThankYou, so there are lots of great Citi credit cards that can potentially earn you Qatar Airways miles
Is buying Qatar Airways miles worth it?
While I love flying Qatar Airways, historically the Privilege Club program has been uncompetitive. However, in the past couple of years we’ve seen several positive changes made to the program, the most drastic of which is the significant lowering of redemption rates.
The best deal nowadays is for redemptions directly on Qatar Airways, rather than redemptions on partner airlines. To give some examples of redemption rates (note that these are starting costs, and in some cases awards cost significantly more):
- A one-way US to Doha award costs 35,000 miles in economy or 70,000 miles in business class
- A one-way US to Delhi award costs 40,000 miles in economy or 80,000 miles in business class
- A one-way US to Maldives award costs 42,500 miles in economy or 85,000 miles in business class
- A one-way US to Bangkok award costs 47,500 miles in economy or 95,000 miles in business class
- A one-way US to Auckland award costs 60,000 miles in economy or 120,000 miles in business class
Then again, you can always book Qatar Airways through American AAdvantage, since that program often sells miles with a bonus. In some cases redemption rates will be cheaper through Privilege Club, while in other cases they’ll be cheaper through AAdvantage.
One awesome Privilege Club sweet spot is the ability to route from the United States to Europe via Doha for a reasonable number of miles. This can be great if you’re traveling to destinations in Europe that may be a bit harder to get to, from Mykonos to Tbilisi to Yerevan.
Even though Qatar Airways is in the oneworld alliance, unfortunately partner redemption rates are uncompetitive. Here’s the distance based award chart:
Just to give some comparisons between American AAdvantage and Qatar Airways Privilege Club rates:
- A one-way American Airlines economy award from New York to Los Angeles would cost 35,000 miles (AAdvantage would charge 12,500 miles)
- A one-way Japan Airlines business class award from New York to Tokyo would cost 150,000 miles (AAdvantage would charge 60,000 miles)
- A one-way Cathay Pacific business class award from Los Angeles to Hong Kong would cost 150,000 miles (AAdvantage would charge 70,000 miles)
I have reason to believe the Privilege Club program will become even more competitive in the future. If a few more tweaks were made I’d be much more invested in the program, but personally I’m not quite there yet.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club is selling miles with a 50% bonus, which is the opportunity to pick up miles for 2.0 cents each. Privilege Club doesn’t offer promotions on purchased miles very often, and this is one of the best promotions we’ve seen from the program in quite a while.
Some Privilege Club members will probably find this to be worthwhile, though personally I won’t be buying miles with this offer. I’d rather acquire Privilege Club points by transferring them from another points currency.
Does anyone plan on buying Qatar Airways Qmiles with a 50% bonus?