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FLASH SALE: Buy Qatar Airways Qmiles From 1.8 Cents Each


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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.

I have never earned a single Qmile in my life (I’ve credited all my oneworld flights to British Airways and American Airlines) so I’m excluded from this sale (you must have earned a minimum of 1,000 Qmiles since you joined if you’re to be allowed to participate in this sale) so I can’t see all the tiers that may be available in this sale…but I still have the key info.

The promotion

  • Buy up to 250,000 Qmiles by 9 December 2021 and get a discount of up to 40%
  • Buy up to 250,000 Qmiles between 10 December and 24 December 2021 and get a discount of up to 30%

The key terms

  • The price Qatar Airways sets includes all applicable fees.
  • Purchased or transferred Qmiles are not refundable and will be posted within 72 hours.
  • Qmiles purchased or transferred do not count towards qualification for any increased or improved status in the Privilege Club program.
  • All standard Privilege Club programme terms and conditions apply.
  • Qatar Airways reserves the right to change the pricing and terms of the Buy, Gift and Transfer option at any time.
  • Members can buy, gift or transfer up to 250,000 Qmiles per calendar year.
  • To buy or gift, prices start from US$35 and go as low as US$30 for every block of 1,000 Qmiles.
  • To transfer, prices start from US$15 and go as low as US$13 for every block of 1,000 Qmiles
  • The price depends on the number of Qmiles bought or purchased in a transaction.
  • Members must have earned a minimum of 1,000 Qmiles since enrolment to purchase additional Qmiles.
  • Members must have a minimum balance of 1,000 Qmiles to gift Qmiles

Link to sale page

Note: This 40% discount is only running for 2 days and will end at 23.59 GMT+3 on 9 December 2021.

The most important aspect of this sale is that once the 40% discount is factored in, it allows Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to buy miles at 1.8 cents each

….and that can open up some good redemption opportunities.

Qatar Airways awards are priced by regions so you’ll find that fares from the US to Doha (for example), cost the same regardless of where you start from:

The 140,000 Qmiles that are required to book a roundtrip Business Class between the US and Doha would cost $2,520 in the current sale and considering any taxes and fees that will be added to that cost should be minimal, that’s a pretty good deal for roundtrip travel in the airline’s Qsuite Business Class cabin.

Unsurprisingly, the cost of awards between Europe and Doha is cheaper…

…and that can make the sale look even better. The 86,000 miles needed to book a roundtrip Business Class fare between Europe and Doha would cost just $1,548 and although some departure points (like London) will see the overall cost of the award increase due to the taxes that get applied, the final cost of the Business Class fare will still be comparatively very low.

For awards that go further afield, the cost in miles goes up (obviously), but there can still be good value to be had.

For anyone in Europe wondering if they can buy enough miles to get them as far as Australia, the answer is yes. For a roundtrip Business Class fare, you’ll need 180,000 Qmiles…

…which, in this sale, will cost $3,240.

For those in the UK who are happy to position to Europe to get some of the better value Business Class cash fares, this may not be a particularly amazing deal, but if you’re happiest setting off from the UK without having to mess around with positioning flights and the risks that come with them, $3,240 + taxes/fees may be a reasonable fare to pay for one of the best Business Class products around.

Lastly (and as usual), If you have no immediate use for Qatar Airways Qmiles you shouldn’t be taking part in this sale. It’s a bad idea to stockpile miles at the best of times and a pandemic doesn’t make things any better so please don’t buy any miles for which you have yet to find a purpose (my golden rule applies). Also, be sure to check that the awards you’d like to book are actually available before buying any miles – you can’t ask for a refund once your transaction has been processed.

Don’t Forget

Qatar Airways sells its miles through Points.com so there’s no scope to earn a travel/flight/airline bonus by using a credit card that offers bonus points for shopping in one of those categories. What this means is that this is a good opportunity to use a credit card on which you’re working towards a welcome bonus (e.g. the big bonus on the new Capital One Venture X Credit Card)…

…or to use the excellent Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express which will earn you 2 points/dollar (up to $50,000 in spending per year – terms apply).

If miles and points aren’t what you’re looking to earn right now and cash back is more appealing, the excellent Chase Freedom Unlimited Card would be a good option to use.

Bottom Line

Through tomorrow, 9 December 2021, Qatar Airways is selling Qmiles with a 40% discount so you can pick up 250,000 miles at 1.8 cents each. This isn’t the best deal that we’ve seen Qatar Airways offer (a 50% discount was offered back in September) but thanks to the positive changes to the cost of Qatar Airways awards made last year, this sale can still offer good value for a variety of journeys…even ones originating in the United States.

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