It’s now possible to redeem Qatar Airways Avios for travel on JetBlue, and it’s an astonishingly good value. Transatlantic Mint (business class) awards start at just 38,750 Avios… what a deal!
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Qatar Airways adds award redemptions on JetBlue
JetBlue and Qatar Airways have had a close partnership for quite some time, including a codeshare agreement. Up until now, there have been no reciprocal redemption opportunities. Fortunately that has just changed. I received an email from Qatar Airways Privilege Club indicating that redemptions on JetBlue are now possible:
Dream of embarking on a sweet escape? You can make your wish come true by spending Avios with our partner, JetBlue.
Simply book your award flight with JetBlue on qatarairways.com or our mobile app. Then you’ll be all set to reach more destinations with your Avios.
Explore many picturesque locations across the United States of America and the Caribbean. You can also enjoy direct flights with JetBlue from the United States of America to London, Paris and Amsterdam.
This is really exciting, as there aren’t currently any major programs that let you redeem on JetBlue (aside from JetBlue’s own TrueBlue program). Both American AAdvantage and Emirates Skywards have discontinued their partnerships with JetBlue, so redemptions are no longer available.
Also keep in mind that it’s possible to move rewards between all the “flavors” of Avios, so this is an opportunity to redeem British Airways Executive Club Avios on JetBlue as well.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club recently greatly improved the value of redeeming on partner airlines. You can find the redemption chart below.
As you can see, this means you can redeem on JetBlue at the following rates (based on one-way distance):
- JetBlue awards covering a distance of up to 650 miles cost 6,000 Avios in economy
- JetBlue awards covering a distance of 651-1,151 miles cost 9,000 Avios in economy
- JetBlue awards covering a distance of 1,152-2,000 miles cost 11,000 Avios in economy
- JetBlue awards covering a distance of 2,001-3,000 miles cost 13,000 Avios in economy or 38,750 Avios in business class (Mint)
- JetBlue awards covering a distance of 3,001-4,000 miles cost 20,750 Avios in economy or 62,000 Avios in business class (Mint)
If you ask me, the most exciting opportunities here are as follows:
- For 38,750 Avios one-way, you can book a transcon Mint business class flight; there’s one additional sweet spot, as Boston to Dublin clocks in at just under 3,000 miles, meaning that’s also bookable for 38,750 Avios
- For 62,000 Avios one-way, you can book a transatlantic Mint business class flight in all other markets
Keep in mind that there are often bonuses from transferable points currencies to British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Airways Privilege Club, so you can end up paying a lot less than those amounts.
What’s award availability like? JetBlue award availability is tied to the following two fare classes when booking through Qatar Airways Privilege Club:
- JetBlue economy awards are available when there’s “P” class availability
- JetBlue Mint awards are available when there’s “I” class availability
Many flights, including transatlantic services, have seven or more business class award seats available, so that’s a pretty incredible opportunity. The other awesome thing is that there appear to be no carrier imposed surcharges for travel on JetBlue, so you can even redeem on transatlantic flights without paying high fees.
The process of redeeming Avios on JetBlue
You can redeem Qatar Airways Avios for travel on JetBlue directly through Qatar Airways’ website, and the booking process is easy (thanks to @findflightsforme for flagging just how easy the booking process is).
Once you’re logged into your Privilege Club account, just go to the booking page, select “Book an award flight,” and then enter your origin, destination, departure date, preferred cabin, and number of passengers.
There you’ll see all the options that are available. For example, you can redeem just 38,750 Avios and pay $10.10 in taxes and fees for a one-way Mint ticket from Boston to Dublin.
Meanwhile you can redeem 62,000 Avios and pay $10.10 in taxes and fees for a one-way Mint ticket from New York to Paris.
These are truly fantastic redemption rates with very good availability.
It’s now possible to redeem Qatar Airways Avios for travel on JetBlue. The award pricing follows the standard partner award chart, so this is a great opportunity to redeem all “flavors” of Avios on JetBlue. Best of all, award availability is very good, and there are no surcharges on these redemptions.
This is an opportunity to redeem 38,750 Avios for a one-way Mint ticket on a transcon flight (or between Boston and Dublin), or to redeem 62,000 Avios for a one-way Mint ticket on all other transatlantic flights.
What do you make of redeeming Qatar Airways Avios on JetBlue?