Qatar Airways has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles, which is the best we’ve ever seen (for that matter, we’ve only ever seen the frequent flyer program sell miles a few times).
Buy Qatar Airways Qmiles for 1.5 cents each
Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering a 50% discount when you purchase miles through Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
Qatar Airways ordinarily sells Privilege Club miles for 3.0 US cents each. This means that with a 50% discount, you can purchase Qatar Airways miles for just 1.5 cents each, which is quite a good cost.
There are a few other restrictions 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 is selling Qmiles for 1.5 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 for travel on Qatar Airways, rather than for travel 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
Qatar Airways Privilege Club is selling miles for 50% off, which is a rate of 1.5 cents per mile. This is the lowest cost at which I ever recall the program selling miles.
Would I proactively pick up miles at that cost? Absolutely not. But there are also circumstances where I could see this being a good value, especially for redemptions in Qatar Airways business class.
Does anyone plan on buying Qatar Airways Qmiles for 50% off?