Buy Qatar Airways Avios With 80% Bonus (1.56 Cents Per Avios)

Buy Qatar Airways Avios With 80% Bonus (1.56 Cents Per Avios)

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Up to an 80% bonus on purchased Avios September 6, 2023 September 10, 2023
Up to an 80% bonus on purchased Avios June 19, 2023 June 22, 2023
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased Avios May 7, 2023 May 11, 2023
Up to a 40% bonus on purchased Avios November 13, 2022 November 17, 2022
Up to a 40% discount on purchased Avios December 8, 2021 December 9, 2021
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased Avios September 16, 2021 September 18, 2021
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Buying miles & points strategically can represent a great value, especially for luxury travel. The Qatar Airways Privilege Club program has just launched its latest promotion on purchased Avios, and it’s in line with the best offer we’ve seen from the program in quite some time. However, there are a lot of ways to acquire Qatar Airways Avios, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend outright buying them.

Promotion on purchased Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios

Through Sunday, September 10, 2023, Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering a bonus on purchased Avios. While different members may be eligible for different offers, it seems that the best version of the promotion offers up to an 80% bonus. This kicks in as long as you purchase at least 5,000 Avios in one transaction.

Buy Qatar Airways Avios with an 80% bonus

How much does it cost to buy Qatar Airways Avios?

Qatar Airways Privilege Club ordinarily charges 2.8-3.5 cents per purchased Avios, with the price getting lower the more Avios you buy. That’s before any discounts or bonuses, and there are no further taxes and fees beyond that cost.

With this offer, if you’re eligible for an 80% bonus, you’d receive a total of 450,000 Avios at a cost of $7,000, which is a rate of 1.56 cents per Avios.

Buy Qatar Airways Avios for 1.56 cents each

How many Qatar Airways Avios can you purchase?

Qatar Airways Privilege Club limits members to purchasing 250,000 Avios per account per calendar year, before any bonuses. Note that in order to be eligible to purchase Avios, you must have earned at least 1,000 Avios in your account since enrollment, though that could be through any means (like transferring points from a partner).

If you do buy Qatar Airways Avios, it can take up to 72 hours for them to post to your account, but they ordinarily post much faster than that.

Redeem Avios for Qatar Airways’ Qsuites business class

Which credit card should you buy Qatar Airways Avios with?

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending. Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending.

In this case the best option is the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (review) (Rates & Fees) or Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (review) (Rates & Fees), which offer 2x miles and have no foreign transaction fees. Usually the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review) would also be good options for maximizing everyday spending, but the cards have foreign transaction fees, so wouldn’t be a good option in this case.

Is buying Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios worth it?

While I love flying Qatar Airways, historically the Privilege Club program has been uncompetitive. Fortunately this is a trend that has been changing. In 2022, we saw Qatar Airways adopt Avios as its rewards currency, and I’d say that’s great news for the value of Privilege Club.

The first thing to keep in mind is that as long as you have some account activity and have your accounts linked for a minimum amount of time, you can transfer Avios freely between Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and Qatar Airways. That gives you a lot of flexibility.

In general the best value with Qatar Airways Avios will be redeeming them directly for travel on Qatar Airways, rather than 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 Avios in economy or 70,000 Avios in business class
  • A one-way US to Delhi award costs 40,000 Avios in economy or 80,000 Avios in business class
  • A one-way US to Maldives award costs 42,500 Avios in economy or 85,000 Avios in business class
  • A one-way US to Bangkok award costs 47,500 Avios in economy or 95,000 Avios in business class
  • A one-way US to Auckland award costs 60,000 Avios in economy or 120,000 Avios in business class

Then again, you can always book Qatar Airways flights through American AAdvantage, and in many cases redemption rates will be lower.

One awesome Privilege Club sweet spot is the ability to route from the United States to Europe via Doha for a reasonable number of Avios. 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.

Privilege Club redemption rates are decent for travel on Qatar Airways

A while back, Qatar Airways Privilege Club greatly improved the value of partner awards, so there’s quite a bit of value to be had there as well. This doesn’t just get you redemptions on oneworld partners, but also on carriers like Bangkok Airways, LATAM, Middle East Airlines, RwandAir, and Virgin Australia.

How much are Qatar Airways Avios worth?

Everyone will value points currencies differently, but personally I value Qatar Airways Avios at 1.3 cents each. I tend to value points pretty conservatively, and there are many ways to get more value from Privilege Club than that.

Do Qatar Airways Avios expire?

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios expire after three years of inactivity. However, any Avios earning or redemption activity would reset the expiration of Avios, so buying Avios would give you a further 36 months.

What other ways can you earn Qatar Airways Avios?

Qatar Airways Privilege Club is transfer partners with Citi ThankYou, so there are lots of great Citi credit cards that can potentially earn you Qatar Airways Avios.

Also keep in mind that since Qatar Airways now uses Avios as its currency, you can also transfer Avios between your various accounts, including Aer Lingus AerClub, British Airways Executive Club, and Iberia Plus. These programs also partner with other major transferable points currencies, giving you more options for accruing this currency.

This means you can indirectly earn Qatar Airways Avios with Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

You can also earn Qatar Airways Avios with Citi ThankYou

Bottom line

Qatar Airways Privilege Club has launched its latest promotion on purchased Avios, which is the best offer we’ve seen from the program in quite some time. With this, you can receive up to an 80% bonus on purchased Avios.

While I think the value of the Privilege Club program has improved considerably since Qatar Airways adopted Avios as its currency, there’s also less of a need to actually buy Qatar Airways Avios. That’s because there are so many other ways to acquire the different “flavors” of Avios, including with transferable points currencies.

For some people the math on this promotion might check out, though personally I’d only buy Avios with a specific use in mind.

Does anyone plan on buying Qatar Airways Avios with an 80% bonus?

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  1. Anthony Joseph Guest

    Ben, Since Avios points are transferrable to other airlines using Avios as their FF currency (BA, Iberia), is this bonus promotion cost better or worse for getting more Avios points.
    It is obvious that you fly AA a lot or use AA credit cards a lot as you cite award redemptions from Aadvantage. Unfortunately, since AA does not have any partnership with transferring points to AAdvantge, this option is limited. I Just flew AA...

    Ben, Since Avios points are transferrable to other airlines using Avios as their FF currency (BA, Iberia), is this bonus promotion cost better or worse for getting more Avios points.
    It is obvious that you fly AA a lot or use AA credit cards a lot as you cite award redemptions from Aadvantage. Unfortunately, since AA does not have any partnership with transferring points to AAdvantge, this option is limited. I Just flew AA after about 4 years using award redemption from Alaska Airlines in F/C from PDX-SJU last week and it confirmed that I will avoid flying them at all costs (what a horrible experience, with delays, tight connections, unedible food, unprofessional gate agents, pilots not having the courtesy to inform us as to pushback delay even doors had been closed for 40 minutes).

    Also, there is some advantage to have Avios points for Qatar Airways award travel as redemption for QX from partners is almost non-existent at reasonable redemption levels.

  2. Patrick Guest

    You can't buy, sell or transfer Avios from Qatar until you earn 1000 points so don't go rushing to sign up just for this offer as I did.

    1. Sam Guest

      You can move 3000 marriott points (as an example) to hit the 1000 points for QR and Buy Avios.

  3. glenn t Diamond

    This offer is of particular interest to Australian members of the Qatar program, as miles purchases are (unusually) in $AUD for accounts registered in Australia, rather than the highly inflated $USD.
    Don't forget Avios are Avios whichever program you acquire them in, and can be transferred easily.
    In the same vein, Aeroplan miles are offered in $CAD which also sidesteps the $USD.

  4. Jorge Guest

    According to some bloggers (I don’t remember if you were one of them, Ben), availability at a saver level has been non-existent, lately), so buying now would be very speculative. So much so that someone mentioned a silent devaluation.

  5. Petri Diamond

    Wouldn't it make more sense to buy Finnair points which will be converted to Avios at 3:2 ratio. That price for one Avios would be 1,08 cents.

  6. J J Guest

    For some reasons, all redemptions to US on business is virtually zero with non flexi, flexi is double.

    1. Jeff Rivers Guest

      True, I am looking for a summer 24 trip and it is zero business class award on any date except the flexi double.

  7. Ayaz New Member

    For a long time I was a silver member of Qatar Airways privilege club but decided to not support this airline anymore because they decide somewhere along the line to constantly and consistently over charge for their tickets, comparatively to other compatible airlines. Almost never good deals are offered. I await a time when others will see the same way and look forward to Qatar Airways changing it's ways.

  8. Nicola Guest

    I'm only seeing a 50% bonus unfortunately.

    I wonder how they decide who to show the up to 80% bonus to

  9. larry Guest

    Hi, I see above you say it costs 95,000 from US to Bangkok, but I only see 180,000 on all of the flights searched in April, May, June 2024. Am I missing something?

  10. daniel Guest

    can someone sell me 1,000 avios, si than i can purchase miles via the current promotion? Thanks.

    1. Patrick Guest

      I was able to transfer 1000 from BA to qualify.

  11. DC Guest

    It’s weird. Im seeing a screen which says 50% bonus until 11 September 2023 (but excludes Australia, NZ, US, India and Saudi Arabia markets). Then in another screen I am seeing 80% bonus with no exclusion.

    But either way, when I login, I cannot get the bonus offer to appear when I go to purchase

  12. Roy Guest

    Makes zero sense. Either buy Finnair and move to Qatar in 2024, or sign up for BA subscription and buy for much cheaper (if you're based in Europe).

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Sam Guest

You can move 3000 marriott points (as an example) to hit the 1000 points for QR and Buy Avios.

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Anthony Joseph Guest

Ben, Since Avios points are transferrable to other airlines using Avios as their FF currency (BA, Iberia), is this bonus promotion cost better or worse for getting more Avios points. It is obvious that you fly AA a lot or use AA credit cards a lot as you cite award redemptions from Aadvantage. Unfortunately, since AA does not have any partnership with transferring points to AAdvantge, this option is limited. I Just flew AA after about 4 years using award redemption from Alaska Airlines in F/C from PDX-SJU last week and it confirmed that I will avoid flying them at all costs (what a horrible experience, with delays, tight connections, unedible food, unprofessional gate agents, pilots not having the courtesy to inform us as to pushback delay even doors had been closed for 40 minutes). Also, there is some advantage to have Avios points for Qatar Airways award travel as redemption for QX from partners is almost non-existent at reasonable redemption levels.

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Jeff Rivers Guest

True, I am looking for a summer 24 trip and it is zero business class award on any date except the flexi double.

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