It’s fairly rare to see an airline loyalty program offer a compelling bonus for new members nowadays. One exception lately is Qatar Airways Privilege Club, which has been constantly offering bonuses for new members for the past several months.
Qatar Airways’ new member bonus
- Earn 2,500 bonus miles at the time of enrollment with no activity requirement
- Earn 5,000 bonus miles plus 50 Qpoints upon completion of your first Qatar Airways flight
There are some terms to be aware of, as you’d expect:
- This is valid for enrollment through April 30, 2021, and for travel through June 30, 2021
- If you take a Qatar Airways flight, the 5,000 bonus miles and 50 Qpoints will post within 30 days
- Only paid travel on flights that are marketed and operated by Qatar Airways qualify for the additional bonus
Qatar Airways miles expire after three years of inactivity. In other words, the 2,500 bonus miles you get as part of the bonus won’t be expiring on you anytime soon.
For context, here are the usual Qpoints requirements for various status levels, to give you a sense of how far 50 Qpoints will get you:
As you can see, Silver status ordinarily requires 150 Qpoints, so 50 Qpoints gets you a third of the way there.
Is this offer worth it?
While I enjoy flying Qatar Airways, historically the Privilege Club program hasn’t been at the top of my list of favorite frequent flyer programs. There have been better oneworld frequent flyer programs in terms of mileage opportunities and elite perks.
That being said:
- There’s no reason to turn down 2,500 bonus miles, since you never know when they’ll come in handy
- This could be especially useful for those who also want to take part in Qatar Airways’ excellent new frequent flyer program for students, which requires being a member of the Privilege Club program
- In general the Privilege Club program is improving, and I’m cautiously optimistic that the program may become significantly better over time
Receive bonus miles when you sign up for Privilege Club
Qatar Airways is offering 2,500 bonus miles to members who sign up with no activity requirement, and an additional 5,000 miles and 50 Qpoints upon completing one flight with Qatar Airways.
This is a solid offer, especially for those who could potentially benefit from Qatar Airways’ student frequent flyer program (which in and of itself is a reason to participate in Privilege Club).
Do any non-Privilege Club members plan to take advantage of this promotion?