Qatar Airways has just launched its first mileage purchase promotion for 2021, which may prove worthwhile for some Privilege Club members.
Buy Qatar Airways Qmiles for 2.0 cents each
The Qatar Airways Privilege Club offers up to 50% bonus when you buy miles by Saturday, March 20, 2021. In particular, the program offers a graduated bonus on miles purchased as follows:
- Buy 5,000-10,000 Qmiles and get a 30% bonus
- Buy 11,000-39,000 Qmiles and receive a 40% bonus
- Buy more than 40,000 Qmiles and receive a 50% bonus
Qatar Airways typically sells Privilege Club miles for 3.0 cents each. This means that you can with a 50% bonus Buy Qatar Airways miles for 2.0 cents eachwhich is pretty good cost.
There are a few other limitations and details to be aware of:
- You can buy up to 250,000 Qmiles per year (excluding bonuses).
- You can only buy miles if you have earned at least 1,000 miles in the program
- Point purchases are processed by points.com and are therefore not considered the price of a flight for credit card spending
- Qatar Airways doesn’t often sell miles. The last promotion we saw was in December 2020 and the program was selling miles with a 100% bonus (1.5 cents each) so the deal was better
Qatar Airways sells Qmiles for 2.0 cents each
Is it worth buying Qatar Airways miles?
While I love Qatar Airways, the Privilege Club program has not historically been competitive. However, there have been some positive changes to the program over the past few months, the most drastic of which is the significant reduction in repayment rates.
The best offer these days is take-backs directly from Qatar Airways and not from partner airlines. To name a few examples of repayment rates:
- A one-way award from US to Doha costs 35,000 miles in economy or 70,000 miles in business class
- A one-way award from the USA to Delhi costs 40,000 miles in economy class or 80,000 miles in business class
- A one-way fare for the US to Maldives costs 42,500 miles in economy class or 85,000 miles in business class
- A one-way award from the USA to Bangkok costs 47,500 miles in economy or 95,000 miles in business class
- A one-way award from the USA to Auckland costs 60,000 miles in economy class or 120,000 miles in business class
On the other hand, you can always book Qatar Airways through American AAdvantage as this program often sells miles with a bonus. In some cases the take-back rates are cheaper through Privilege Club, in other cases through AAdvantage.
Privilege Club redemption rates are reasonable when traveling on Qatar Airways
Unfortunately, although Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance, the repayment rates are not competitive. Here is the distance-based reward table:
Just to make some comparisons between the American AAdvantage and Qatar Airways Privilege Club fares:
- An American Airlines One Way Economy Award from New York to Los Angeles would cost 35,000 miles (AAdvantage would charge 12,500 miles).
- A Japan Airlines one-way 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).
The redemption rates for partner rewards are high
I have reason to believe that the Privilege Club program will become even more competitive in the future. If a few more changes were made, I’d be a Privilege Club Miles buyer, but personally, I’m not there yet.
The Qatar Airways Privilege Club sells miles with a 50% bonus, which corresponds to a rate of 2.0 cents per mile. This is pretty average for Privilege Club promotions for miles purchased, but then again, the program doesn’t sell miles that often.
Some Privilege Club members will likely find this worthwhile, although I personally will not be buying miles with this offer.
Anyone planning to buy Qatar Airways Qmiles with a 50% bonus?