Qatar Airways has launched a new Qmiles sale in which it's selling its currency at a 40% discount for today and tomorrow. After tomorrow, the discount drops to 30%. Historically, Qatar Airways mileage sales haven't been particularly interesting because award costs have been sky high, but now that some awards can be booked for almost half of what they once cost, sales like this one start to look attractive.
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways and JetBlue announced that their "strategic partnership" would be expanding with the airlines codesharing on more routes and with reciprocal loyalty program benefits on the way for Privilege Club and TrueBlue members. As of yesterday, one of those reciprocal benefits was finally delivered with JetBlue and Qatar Airways flyers now able to earn points/miles on both airlines.
It was only last November when we saw Qatar Airways first introduce its version of an unbundled Business Class fare which no longer offered free seat selection or lounge access as part of its benefits package. Now, less than a year later, Qatar Airways is overhauling its Business Class fare structure once again and the latest changes could spell the end of the line for those of us accustomed to earning valuable elite status by booking the best deals that Qatar Airways offers.
Qatar Airways has rightly faced a good deal of criticism recently for being less than forthcoming with refunds that passengers are entitled to and for being unnecessarily opaque and hurried when it comes to how it has been dealing with elite status extensions...but the airline is in the road to redemption.
We have already seen IHG Rewards Club lower its elite status thresholds for 2020 and Hilton Honors has also confirmed that it's reviewing its elite status requirements for 2020 but, up until yesterday (and with the exception of Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific), we hadn't heard any of the major airlines making statements about the situation surrounding elite status qualification and elite benefits. Qatar Airways just changed that.
Qatar Airways has announced that, with immediate effect, Platinum-tier Privilege Club members may access the Al Safwa First Class lounge in Doha free of charge when traveling in Business Class.
Qatar Airways has now published its latest set of Easy Deals which cover travel up to the busy Holiday period (the Holidays are not included) and, as usual, there are some very good redemption opportunities to be had and discounts on multiple Qsuite routes.
Back in June travelers could use Qatar Airways Easy Deals to fly Business Class between Europe and Doha for just 21,000 miles and in July you could book 17+ hours in Qatar Airways Qsuites for just 54,250 miles....and now Easy Deals are back!
Qatar Airways Easy Deals are the airline's discounted award fares that work along similar lines to Flying Blue's Promo Awards. I've only recently started paying attention to these deals and I'm already wishing I'd noticed how good they can be some time ago - if you can make the routings to/from Doha work for you there are some amazing deals to be had.
Qatar Airways Easy Deals are the airline's discounted award fares that work along similar lines to Flying Blue's Promo Awards. I haven't really paid much attention to these deals in the past but having seen some of the deals on offer right now they're definitely something I'll be keeping an eye out for in the future - there's great value to be had here.
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