Qatar Airways Privilege Club Offering New Member Bonus

Filed Under: Great Deals, Qatar

It’s fairly rare to see an airline loyalty program offer a compelling bonus for new members nowadays, but that’s exactly what we’re seeing from Qatar Airways. As a matter of fact, Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering two different new member bonuses.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club new member bonuses

At the moment Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering two different new member bonuses. Which deal is better depends on whether you plan on taking any flights with Qatar Airways in the coming months, and also whether you intend to earn status in the Privilege Club program.

Offer #1 — earn up to 7,500 bonus miles

Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering new members who register with the promo code JOIN2020:

  • 2,500 bonus miles at the time of enrollment
  • 5,000 bonus miles plus 50 Qpoints upon completion of their first Qatar Airways flight (this will be credited within 15 days of an eligible flight)

This is valid for sign-ups through September 30, 2020, and for travel completed by December 10, 2020.

Offer #2 — earn up to 10,000 bonus miles

Alternatively, Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering new members who register with the promo code PREMIUM920:

  • 5,000 bonus miles at the time of enrollment
  • 5,000 bonus miles upon completion of their first Qatar Airways flight in first or business class (this will be credited within 15 days of an eligible flight)

This is valid for sign-ups through September 20, 2020, and for travel completed by June 30, 2021.

Which sign-up offer is better?

Which offer is better depends entirely on your Qatar Airways travel plans:

  • If you don’t have any travel planned, then the offer that gives you 5,000 miles upfront is better
  • If you are planning an economy flight in the coming months, and/or are going for status with Qatar Airways, then the offer that gives you up to 7,500 miles and 50 Qpoints is better

For context, here are the usual Qpoints requirements for various status levels:

As you can see, Silver status ordinarily requires 150 Qpoints.

For what it’s worth, Qatar Airways miles expire after three years of inactivity. As long as you have at least some account activity every three years, your miles won’t expire (this was a recent policy change for the better).

Receive bonus miles when you sign up for Privilege Club

Bottom line

Qatar Airways is offering 2,500-5,000 bonus miles to new members who register with one of the above promotions. Getting that many miles without any flying requirement is quite a good offer. Then you can earn a further 5,000 bonus miles, plus potentially some Qpoints, with flying.

While that is a good deal, keep in mind that Qatar Airways’ award redemption rates aren’t great, so even with this bonus, I generally think you’re better off crediting to another oneworld frequent flyer program instead.

Then again, getting 5,000 miles just for signing up is a solid offer.

Do any non-Privilege Club members plan to take advantage of this promotion?

(Tip of the hat to YHBU)

Comments
  1. LOL, this is what my buddy would call a Fart-level Bonus.
    2500 miles are like pesos. You need at least 60K miles to get a one way economy ticket from Europe to Doha. This is since they devalued the Qmiles value overnight.

  2. Absolute no interest at all as there are still so many short notice changes on open and closed borders in so many countries resulting in constant flight schedule cancellations PLUS the personal unfortunate experience of QRs drastic devaluation of their FFP without any notice, no thanks! Just PR, fishing for data..

  3. “For what it’s worth, Qatar Airways miles expire roughly three years after they’re earned. You can’t extend the expiration simply with activity, as is the case with some other programs.”

    End of discussion. No thanks.

  4. Hi Ben/others!, Greetings from India

    I am new to the world of miles. I want to collect miles only for upgrades from economy to business class (preferably q suites and not really looking for award redemptions). Where do you suggest I put all my miles on? I stay in India and would generally travel either on Singapore/Cathay/Emirates or Qatar.

    Thanks!

  5. As a Silver Member, not only has my tier been extended for a year (originally 6 months) but they also recently gave me 8000 miles and a $150 voucher redeemable against future bookings. I fly on QR as my first choice simply because of my routes, their products being up there with the best, their pricing usually being competitive and my theory that they’ll be good at least up until the World Cup in 2022.

  6. Got this in my email a few mins back

    “we begin a journey of change, where your loyalty is aptly rewarded and each well-earned Qmile is more powerful, taking you further than ever before.

    We begin our journey together by extending the life of Qmiles. Starting today, Qmiles will last longer than ever before. Every time you spend or earn a Qmile, your balance will be valid for a further 36 months.

    Your Qmiles balance is active until 31 December 2020, simply spend or earn a Qmile before then to to keep your balance active for even longer.

    Looking ahead, we will continue to perfect our Privilege Club for you, with each step more rewarding than the last.

    A Privilege Club that exceeds your expectations from the airline you can rely on.”

  7. “5,000 bonus miles at the time of enrollment”
    Tried to enroll did not receive any points. Balance at 0, indeed not a great start lol

  8. This actually could be good, if you’re into collecting Accor points. 4,500 Qatar miles = 1,000 Accor.

    So the 5,000 new member signup should give you enough to generate a free 1,000 Accor points

  9. @Ben, why are comments from July attached to your post of September 11? Also, just signed up using the Premium920 link above and no bonus points awarded, or even mentioned. Smelling a bit bogus, no?

  10. @Joseph: Read the terms and conditions, it says miles will be credited within 7 days (probably to prevent frauds).

  11. Has anyone received the new member bonus points?
    I signed up for Offer #2 on Sep 9th but the 5000 points have not been awarded.
    Hopefully Qatar Airways honors this promotion.

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