Qatar Airways Selling Miles With 50% Bonus

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Qatar Airways has just launched its first promotion of 2021 on purchased miles, which could prove worthwhile for some Privilege Club members.

Buy Qatar Airways Qmiles for 2.0 cents each

Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering up to a 50% bonus when you purchase miles through Saturday, March 20, 2021. Specifically, the program is offering a tiered bonus on purchased miles, as follows:

  • Buy 5,000-10,000 Qmiles, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 11,000-39,000 Qmiles, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 40,000+ Qmiles, get a 50% bonus

Qatar Airways ordinarily sells Privilege Club miles for 3.0 US cents each. This means that with a 50% bonus, you can purchase Qatar Airways miles for 2.0 cents each, which is quite a good cost.

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 doesn’t sell miles often; the last promotion we saw was in December 2020, and the program sold miles with a 100% bonus (1.5 cents each), so that offer was better

Qatar Airways is selling Qmiles for 2.0 cents each

Is buying Qatar Airways miles worth it?

While I love flying Qatar Airways, historically the Privilege Club program has been uncompetitive. However, in recent months 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:

  • 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.

Privilege Club redemption rates are decent for travel on Qatar Airways

Even though Qatar Airways is in the oneworld alliance, unfortunately redemption rates are very 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)

Partner award redemption rates are steep

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 a buyer of Privilege Club miles, but personally I’m not there yet.

Bottom line

Qatar Airways Privilege Club is selling miles with a 50% bonus, which is a rate of 2.0 cents per mile. This is pretty average as far as Privilege Club promotions on purchased miles get, but then again, the program doesn’t sell miles that often.

Some Privilege Club members will probably find this to be worthwhile, though personally I won’t be buying miles with this offer.

Does anyone plan on buying Qatar Airways Qmiles with a 50% bonus?

Comments
  1. @Ben, does Qatar open up more space for their own program/miles like other airlines (ie Cathay in F, or Singapore)? It might make sense to invest more in the program if that were the case…?

  2. Does transferring 1000 points from one of the redeemable points programs to QR fulfill the you must have “earned at least 1,000 miles in the program” requirement to be allowed to purchase QR miles?

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