Qatar Airways is an airline I love, but have never had the privilege of flying. The reason I love Qatar Airways is simple – their CEO, his Excellency Akbar Al Baker. If you do not know about his Excellency, go Google him and revel in the stories of his famous one liners and (my personal favorite) his absolute obliteration of most everything that comes out of Delta CEO Richard Anderson’s mouth.
But from all reports I have read, Qatar is also an excellent airline to fly. I recently received an e-mail from the Qatar Airways Privilege Club where they are offering triple Qmiles for all travels on Qatar Airways between December 20, 2015, and March 31, 2016.
While the actual offer details are sparse in the e-mail, it appears that it likely only applies to flights operated by Qatar Airways aircraft (so codeshare flights even if you had your Privilege Club number associated with the trip would likely not count).
What is interesting to me about this offer is the eligibility language that you just have to have your Privilege Club number entered at the time of check-in. This means that if you booked a flight on Qatar but had it booked through a OneWorld partner airline utilizing that partner airline membership number, you could change your reservation to reflect your Privilege Club number before flying and be eligible for the triple miles promotion.
Privilege Club Award Travel
Qatar’s award chart does not have a lot of sweet spots in my opinion, which is why I do not find this offer to be very enticing to me personally. Qatar uses a distance based award chart for flights on their aircraft. For example, JFK to Doha, Qatar will cost you 70,000 Qmiles in business class or 105,000 Qmiles in first class for a one-way award ticket.
At rates like that, you would be much better off redeeming American Airlines AAdvantage miles for the exact same flight. For an even better redemption, look at transferring your American Express Membership Rewards points to ANA where a business class redemption will only cost you 104,000 miles roundtrip!
Qatar also uses a distance based award chart for redemptions on OneWorld partner airlines such as Cathay Pacific and JAL.
Again, the OneWorld partner redemptions chart does not offer any real sweet spots in my opinion, though it may make sense if you travel on Qatar Airways frequently.
Earn 2,000 Bonus Qmiles!
Qatar is also currently offering a one-time bonus of 2,000 Qmiles for booking your first flight online through their website. For each booking you make online after that, you will 500 bonus Qmiles. It is an extremely easy way to earn a few thousand additional Qmiles and you can read more about the offer here.
While I generally do not find Qmiles to be extremely valuable (or easy to use for that matter), it is very hard to pass up this triple miles promotion if you were already planning on flying one of Qatar’s routes. I do not plan on taking advantage of this promotion as my travels through March will not be taking me across any routes that Qatar flies, though I certainly would if the routes worked out.
Do you plan on taking advantage Qatar’s triple Qmiles promotion?