Qatar Airways Selling Miles With 75% Bonus

Filed Under: Qatar

Qatar Airways seems to be the latest airline to get into the business of selling miles with a significant bonus.

Buy Qatar Airways Qmiles with 75% bonus

Qatar Airways has launched its first-ever big bonus on purchased miles. Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering the following bonus on purchased miles:

  • Buy Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles with a 75% bonus through August 14, 2020
  • Buy Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles with a 60% bonus through September 1, 2020

Qatar Airways ordinarily sells Privilege Club miles for 3.0 US cents each. This means that:

  • With a 75% bonus you’d pay ~1.71 cents per mile
  • With a 60% bonus you’d pay ~1.88 cents per mile

There are a few other restrictions worth being aware of:

Qatar Airways is selling Qmiles with a 75% bonus

Why I probably wouldn’t buy Qatar Airways miles

While I love flying Qatar Airways, personally I wouldn’t recommend buying Qatar Airways miles. That’s because the Privilege Club program simply isn’t that lucrative.

If you’re trying to book travel on Qatar Airways, you’ll almost always get a better deal through American AAdvantage, and that program often sells miles with a bonus. As a matter of fact, American is also selling miles for as little as 1.71 cents each right now.

Just to give some examples, for a one-way New York to Doha business class award on Qatar Airways:

  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club charges 101,500 miles
  • American AAdvantage charges 70,000 miles

For a one-way Los Angeles to Delhi business class awards on Qatar Airways:

  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club charges 138,500 miles
  • American AAdvantage charges 70,000 miles

For a one-way Miami to Cape Town business class awards on Qatar Airways:

  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club charges 169,500 miles
  • American AAdvantage charges 75,000 miles

You’ll get better Qatar Airways business class award rates through other programs

There are almost no circumstances where you’ll get a better deal booking a Qatar Airways premium cabin award through Privilege Club rather than through AAdvantage.

When it comes to Qatar Airways’ partner award chart, here’s the distance based pricing:

Again, it’s hard to get excited about this:

  • 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)

Even partner award redemption rates are steep

Bottom line

It’s always nice to see more frequent flyer programs getting aggressive about selling miles. At the same time, the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program is one of the least lucrative out there, in my opinion, and that seems like such a missed opportunity for the airline.

Unless you’re just topping off an account for a redemption, there are almost no circumstances where I’d consider it a good deal to buy Qatar Airways miles.

Does anyone have a different take regarding the value proposition of Qmiles?

Comments
  1. Totally agree with you Lucky, Qatar Airways miles are worth very little (about 0.7 ct per mile imho) since the infamous May 2018 overnight tracherous devaluation decided by Qatar Airways.

  2. Totally agree, Ben.

    That being said, AA also blocks out dates if you plan to fly by Qatar from 2nd week of December and during summer months for 5-6 weeks.

    The only reason buying QMiles directly from Qatar could come as handy is to grab tickets in those blacked out dates by AA.

  3. @KK13

    It’s also blocked on QR website, unless you want to pay double price (infamous X2)
    No luck for Christmas and July-August.

  4. Hi Ben

    I did the same comparation on mile per price between QR Privilege Club and AA. No doubt AA came with an advantage however I found it very hard to find business class seats on QR flights with AA while on Privilege Club almost all dates and destination I found were available.

    Am I missing something ?

  5. QR miles can be convenient for upgrades.
    I used this offer to transfer some leftover miles from one account to another. Transfers also gets 75% bonus.

  6. Lucky, you clearly dont know everything of Privilege Club 🙂 No prob, you dont use it. But i add some info to this. Though what im telling is pre-COVID, so may not be accurate post-COVID anymore. Lets see what QR will do. And ofc there is a difference: you are based in US, and im based in EU. But still i dont thinkg this is true: ‘there are almost no circumstances where I’d consider it a good deal to buy Qatar Airways miles’. If you want to fly on QR metal, you can get many very good deals.

    The rates you quoted are true. However with QR there are (were) many many routes (50+) where you can get 30-50% discount for business class redemptions. And pre-COVID these destinations were on offer almost always. In the past I flew many times BUD-HAN-BUD for under 120.000 Qmiles while AA rate is 150K.

    What is think is that AA is better deal transatlantic. But all other cases, its very not obvious. Anyways love OMAT, so keep up the good work.

    Best,
    spdr

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