15 Best Ways to Earn Lots of Qatar Airways Qmiles [2021]

Qatar Airways Boeing 777 Qsuite Business Class Cabin

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Qatar Airways is a Middle Eastern airline that flies nonstop to several destinations across the world, including numerous U.S. airportsAtlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (JFK), Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Many people appreciate that the airline has been so innovative with respect to its top-notch QSuites business class product.

The main downside with Qatar Airways is the fact it requires quite a few miles to fly its own flights, and the fuel surcharges in premium cabins are heavy on certain routes.

In this article, I’ll cover all of the ways that you can earn Qatar Airways Qmiles, so you’ll have plenty of options if you’re looking to use Qmiles for an award flight.

Sign up for a Qatar Qmiles Account

The first step to start earning Qmiles is to head to the application page and sign up for a free account.

Once you’re registered with Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club program, you’ll have the ability to earn Qmiles from a variety of activities.

For example, when you fly on a Qatar Airways paid flight, you’ll earn Qmiles after the completion of your itinerary.

It’s important to keep track of your Qmiles account number, as this is what you’ll use to link your account with the points-earning activities.

Hot Tip: Students aged 18 to 30 may be eligible for Student Club where benefits include special fares, excess baggage allowance, date change flexibility, complimentary Super Wi-Fi, and more!

Earn Qatar Qmiles With Credit Cards

As with any loyalty program, you’ll want to focus on credit cards that partner with as many flexible point programs as possible to make it easier to earn the Qmiles that you need.

Qatar Airways partners with 2 out of the 5 major programs: Citi and Marriott.

Both of these programs offer an array of personal and business credit cards, which significantly reduces the difficulty of earning Qmiles.

In essence, the more avenues that an airline offers to earn its miles, the smoother the process is to access any redemption in its award chart!

Hot Tip: Marriott has several lucrative personal and business credit card offers with double partnerships with American Express and Chase. 

1. Citi Credit Cards

Citi and its ThankYou Rewards program have also made some noise by continuing to add airline transfer partners and offering transfer bonus points with certain airlines.

The main drawback of ThankYou Rewards is that there aren’t as many cards that earn ThankYou Rewards points as, say, American Express. The Citi Premier℠ Card and Citi Prestige® Card are going to be the 2 main options you’ll be picking between.

These 2 cards are still phenomenal choices of cards to hold, thanks to unique perks such as the fourth night free benefit.

The welcome bonuses that come with the Citi Premier card and Citi Prestige card are substantial and their bonus categories align well with the spending of most consumers.

2. Marriott Credit Cards

The Marriott Bonvoy program is the second transferable point program that Qatar Airways partners with.

One of the best aspects of Marriott Bonvoy is that there are quite a few business and personal credit cards.

If you’re patient with your credit card applications, you should be able to land welcome bonus offers of 75,000-100,000 points on most of the co-branded credit cards.

Another item worth mentioning about the Marriott program is that for every 60,000 points you transfer to an airline partner like Qatar, you’ll receive a 5,000-point bonus!

Marriott points transfer to most airline partners at a 3:1 ratio, so with the bonus you’re looking at 25,000 Qatar Qmiles (60,000 points / 3 = 20,000 Qmiles + 5,000 Qmile bonus = 25,000 Qmiles).

Here are the Marriott credit cards we recommend adding to your lineup of cards:

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card - For a limited time only, earn 125,000 Bonus Points and 1 Free Night Award (value up to 50,000 points) after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary. Plus, earn up to 17x total Bovoy points per $1 when using your Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card at at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels, and 2x Bonvoy points per $1 on all other purchases. Annual Fee is $95.
Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card - For a limited time only, earn 60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Earn up to 14x total Bonvoy points per $1 when using your Marriott Bonvoy Bold card at over 7,000 participating in Marriott Bonvoy hotels, earn 2X on other travel purchases, then 1x on all other purchases. A solid card for Marriott loyalists looking for a no-annual-fee card offering Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card - For a limited time, earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points and a bonus Free Night Award after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Resort fees may apply. Terms apply. Offer expires 11/3/2021.

Earn 6x per $1 at hotels participants in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program, 3x at U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines, and 2x on all other eligible purchases. Annual Fee is $450. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - For a limited time, earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points & 2 bonus Free Night Awards after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Each bonus Free Night Award has a redemption level up to 50K points. Certain hotels have resort fees. Offer ends 11/3/2021.

This is a solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, click here.

Bottom Line: Spending on credit cards that earn transferable rewards will likely be the easiest way to earn the Qmiles you need for your next award flight.

3. Non-U.S. Based Credit Cards

Qatar Airways is based in Qatar, so most co-branded credit card offerings are going to be based in the Middle East. If accessing U.S. credit cards is not possible for your specific circumstances, check out the following chart of all Qatar Airways co-branded bank partners:

Qatar Airways Co-Branded Bank Partners
Ahli United BankHSBC Greece
AhlibankHSBC Sri Lanka
Al KhalijiHousing Bank
American ExpressICBC
Barwa BankInternational Bank of Qatar
Burgan BankJD Finance
Cathay United BankMasraf Al Rayan
Commercial BankQNB
Doha BankStandard Chartered Bank

Earn Qatar Qmiles Through Shopping

woman shopping
You can earn Qmiles for regular shopping purchases you’d already make! Image Credit: freestocks via Pexels

4. Shopping Through Mileslife

Mileslife is a Chinese lifestyle and travel app where members can earn bonus Qmiles for everyday spending across 7,500 restaurants, premium spas, tour packages, retail outlets, e-commerce, hotels, resorts, and even gift cards.

You can earn up to 7 Qmiles per $1 (or equivalent in other currencies) through this method.

5. Shop at the Bicester Village Shopping Collection

Boutique shoppers may find value in the partnership with the Bicester Village Shopping Collection that has shops in London, Dublin, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Brussels, Milan, Bologna, Barcelona, Madrid, Suzhou, and Shanghai.

After you’ve finished shopping, present your receipts for all qualifying purchases with your Privilege Membership Card to earn 1.25 Qmiles per €1 in Europe, £1 in London, or CNY10 in China, up to annual spend of €30,000 (or local equivalent). After you’ve crossed this threshold, you’ll earn 1.25 Qmiles for every €5, £5 or CNY50 spent.

6. Shop at Qatar Duty Free

It’s no secret that Qatar is a huge shopping hub filled with global luxury brands.

When you’re at Doha’s main international airport, Hamad International Airport (DOH), you can revel in over 40,000 square meters of combined facilities dedicated to Qatar Duty-Free.

Whether you’re buying fragrances, skincare, cosmetics, fashion, accessories, jewelry, confectionery, souvenirs, or other luxury gifts, you’ll earn 1 Qmile per QR5 spent.

Earn Qatar Qmiles Through Travel

Qatar QSuites A350 1J, Alex Miller of Upgraded Points
An easy way to earn Qatar Qmiles is to book paid airfare for your ordinary travel. Image Credit: Alex Miller

As you would expect, one of the most straightforward ways to earn Qmiles, other than credit card spending, is to fly with Qatar or a partner airline, such as American Airlines.

The key point to understand when earning miles this way is how the airline you’re flying calculates the miles that you’ll earn.

7. Airline and Airfare Purchases

Privilege Club members earn Qmiles when flying on Qatar Airways or a Oneworld airline partner (full airline partnership list here).

The number of Qmiles a member earns on a Qatar Airways flight will be based on the booking class and distance of the flight.

The best way to determine the amount of Qmiles you will earn is to use a combination of the Qcalculator and the earning table below.

Qmiles earning chart
Image Credit: Qatar Airways

As with any airline, make sure to provide your Qmiles membership number when you book your flight, at check-in, or when using any Qatar travel partner so that you’ll earn Qmiles.

In addition to the Qmiles that you earn when you fly, Qatar offers other ways to earn its Qmiles, too.

The first way to earn additional Qmiles is to make your flight reservation online. When you make your first online reservation, you’ll earn 2,000 bonus Qmiles.

Members also receive a 500-mile bonus for each subsequent booking from their desktop computer or mobile device.

Privilege Club has a Family Programme that is another way you can earn Qmiles. Anytime a family member flies with Qatar, Oneworld airlines, or uses the services of any of Qatar’s 60 global partners, you can earn Qmiles. You can nominate up to 9 close family members, including your spouse, children older than 2 years, and parents.

Hot Tip: If you would prefer to earn miles for a different airline, check out this in-depth guide to help you know where to credit your airline miles.

8. Car Rentals and Other Transportation

Qatar Airways Car Rental Partners
Qatar Airways leverages partnerships with many large car rental companies to offer bonus Qmiles. Image Credit: Qatar Airways

If you use rental cars frequently, take note — Qatar partners with several car rental companies that allow you to earn Qmiles with each rental.

The number of Qmiles you’ll earn will vary, so check the car rental partner page for more info.

Rental CompanyQmiles
Avis500-800 Qmiles per rental
Budget500 Qmiles per rental
Europcar500 Qmiles per rental
Hertz500 Qmiles per rental
Rentalcars.com3 Qmiles per dollar spent
Salik Rent A Car1 Qmile per QR1.5 (~$0.41) spent
Sixt500-1,000 Qmiles per rental

Qmiles earned from Avis rentals vary depending on your Privilege Club status: Burgundy members earn 500 Qmiles per rental and Platinum members earn 800 Qmiles per rental.

Europcar rentals have an additional bonus that’s worth mentioning, too. Privilege Club Platinum and Gold members will earn an additional 500 Qmiles bonus when booking a Premium Rental.

With Hertz, Privilege Club members receive a 10% discount on their rental. That’s in addition to the Qmiles that you’ll earn!

Salik Rent A Car offers 10% discounts to Privilege Club Silver members, 15% discounts to Privilege Club Gold members, and 25% discounts to Privilege Club Platinum members.

For those needing a Mercedes or BMW rental, Sixt offers a 10% discount for Privilege Club Silver members and a 15% discount for Privilege Club Gold and Platinum members.

9. Book With Hotel Partners

Park Hyatt Sydney Opera House View
Earn bonus Qmiles by staying at top-tier hotel chains, such as Hyatt. Image Credit: Hyatt

Qatar has more than 50 hotel partners, with each partner providing its own variety of point earning opportunities.

Whether you are an elite with World of Hyatt, Marriott Bonvoy, or another hotel program, Privilege Club has a partnership with lots of hotel brands.

AC Hotels by Marriott1 Qmile/$1KaligoUp to 10,000 Qmiles/nightRocketmiles1,000-10,000 Qmiles/night
Accor Hotels2,000 ALL points = 1,000 QmilesKempinski500 Qmiles/stayRotana Hotels500 Qmiles/stay
AgodaUp to 10,000 Qmiles on PointsMAXLangham500 Qmiles/stayRotana’s Suites and Resorts250 Qmiles/stay
Aloft1 Qmiles/$1Le Méridien2 Qmiles/stayShangri-La500 Qmiles/stay
Anantara700 Qmiles/stayThe Luxury Collection2 Qmiles/$1Sheraton2 Qmiles/$1
Autograph Collection Hotels2 Qmiles/$1Marriott Executive Apartments1 Qmile/$1Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels500 Qmiles/stay (suite rooms only with 2-night minimum)
AVANI Hotels & Resorts700 Qmiles/stayMarriott Hotels2 Qmiles/$1SpringHill Suites by Marriott1 Qmile/$1
Booking.com1 Qmile/$1Marriott Vacation Club2 Qmiles/$1St. Regis2 Qmiles/$1
Courtyard by Marriott 1 Qmile/$1Millennium & Copthorne500 Qmiles/staySwissôtel Hotels500 Qmiles/stay
Design Hotels2 Qmiles/$1Mövenpick Hotels500 Qmiles/stayTivoli700 Qmiles/stay
Delta Hotels by Marriott2 Qmiles/$1MOXY Hotels1 Qmile/$1TownePlace Suites by Marriott1 Qmile/$1
EDITION2 Qmiles/$1Peninsula Hotels500 Qmiles/stayTribute Portfolio2 Qmiles/$1
Element by Westin1 Qmile/$1Protea Hotels by Marriott1 Qmile/$1Trip.com1.5 Qmiles/$1
Fairfield by Marriott1 Qmile/$1Radisson Blu500 Qmiles/stayW Hotels2 Qmiles/$1
Fairmont500 Qmiles/stayRaffles Hotels500 Qmiles/stayWestin2 Qmiles/$1
Four Points by Sheraton1 Qmile/$1Renaissance Hotels2 Qmiles/$1World of Hyatt500 Qmiles/stay
Gaylord Hotels2 Qmiles/$1Residence Inn by Marriott1 Qmile/$1
JW Marriott2 Qmiles/$1The Ritz-Carlton2 Qmiles/$1

Hot Tip: Several hotel partners offer you the opportunity to earn up to 10,000 Qmiles, so make sure to check these offers out!

10. Book Vacation Packages

Qatar Airways Holidays
Image Credit: Qatar Airways Holidays

Qatar Airways Holidays, the leisure division of Qatar Airways, offers tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations. It has travel packages ranging from city life to touring, adventure, cruises, spa breaks, and exclusive honeymoons.

Members also receive complimentary city tours, airport transfers, insurance, and car rentals at select destinations. You can book a vacation package at qatarairwaysholidays.com or at any of the Qatar holiday shops in Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, and Muscat.

When booking a vacation package, Privilege Club members earn 1 Qmile for every QR5 spent (~$1.37), 2 Qmiles for every KD1 spent (~$3.24), and 2 Qmiles for every RO1 spent (~$2.60).

Bottom Line: Of the miles-earning opportunities in this section, flying Qatar or one of its partners will be the most efficient way to earn Qmiles. 

Specialty Earnings for Qatar Qmiles

Qatar Airways Cargo
Image Credit: Qatar Airways

In addition to its airline, banking, car rental, and hotel partnerships, Qatar has several out-of-the-box ways that its members can earn Qmiles.

11. Ship Your Car From Doha With Qatar Airways Cargo

One of the most interesting ways to earn Qatar Airways Qmiles is by using Qatar Airways Cargo to ship your car directly from Doha.

You’ll earn 5 Qmiles for every QR12 spent.

12. Learn a Language

Privilege Club members can subscribe to a language course and earn 250 to 4,500 Qmiles with each course that you purchase from Language Direct.

13. Booking Reservations

ResPlus is a rewards program for executive and administrative assistants.

The program allows Privilege Club members to earn points for reservations they book on behalf of their colleagues when they travel on business at Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel properties.

You can transfer 500 ResPlus Points to earn 500 Qmiles.

14. Purchase Full-Service Shipping Solutions for Your Goods

Need to ship to/from Qatar? With CONNECTED by Qatar Post, you will earn 1 Qmile per QR3.50 spent on shipping charges.

You can pick between doorstep delivery, 24/7 Smart Lockers, or one of Qatar’s numerous Qatar Post branches.

15. Get Rewarded for Making Roaming Calls With Travelling Connect

Traveling Connect makes getting rewarded for international calling easy. Depending on which country you’re making calls to and which network you’re on, your Qmiles accrual structure will change.

With Travelling Connect, you can earn anywhere from 1 to 7 Qmiles per minute for outgoing calls and up to 4 Qmiles per MB of data.

Bottom Line: Earning Qmiles in these ways is extremely niche, but it can be a great way to pad your balance of Qmiles.

Final Thoughts

For an airline that’s not covered that much in the points and miles world, Qatar offers its Privilege Club members several ways to earn Qmiles.

The most efficient way to earn Qmiles (assuming you don’t fly Qatar or its airline partners regularly), is to put your spending on a transferable points credit card offered by Citi or Marriott.

While Qatar is not our favorite airline currency to hold, there are several uses of Qmiles that we covered in the best ways to use Qmiles that are worth looking into.

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Frequently asked questions

What are Qatar Airways miles?

Qmiles are the airline miles that you earn in the Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty program.

When you are ready to book an award flight, you will use Qmiles for that redemption.

Can Qatar Airways Qmiles miles be transferred?

Qmiles can’t be transferred outside of the Privilege Club program, but the miles can be used to book an award flight.

Are Qatar Airways Qmiles refundable?

Yes! Award ticket change fees range from $25-$100 per ticket. You can check out the breakdown of costs on the award tickets fees page.

How many Qatar Qmiles are required for a free flight?

Partner award flights start at 12,500 miles on this chart for flights that are 0-500 miles in length. If you are flying on Qatar, use the Qmiles Calculator to see what route requires the fewest number of miles.

Who are the Qatar Privilege Club partners?

Qatar is a Oneworld alliance member, so that means that you can use Qmiles to fly on any partner in the alliance.

In addition to the Oneworld alliance, Qatar partners with Air Botswana, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Globus Airlines, GOL Transportes Aereos, IndiGo, Middle East Airlines, and Oman Air. Members can earn and redeem Qmiles with these partners as well.

When do Qatar Qmiles expire?

Qmiles are valid for a period of 3 years and will expire twice a year at the end of the semester in which those Qmiles where earned, either June 30 or December 31 each year.

For example, Qmiles earned between January and June 2020 will expire on June 30, 2023, and Qmiles earned between July and December 2020 will expire on December 31, 2023.

Platinum members’ Qmiles will not expire as long as they retain the Platinum tier at the time of each Qmiles expiration period.

What is the Qatar Privilege Club phone number?

Contact Privilege Club customer service at 800-988-6128.

When do Qatar Qmiles post in your account?

Qmiles should post within 7 days of the date of your travel.

If the Qmiles don’t post in that time frame, new Privilege Club members can claim missing Qmiles within 30 days prior to the date of joining Privilege Club and 180 days after the date of travel on Qatar Airways for existing members.

What are the Qatar Privilege Club membership tiers?

Qatar has 4 elite tiers in its program: Burgundy, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Where can I sign up for Qatar Privilege Club?

Privilege Club membership is free; just complete this application.

Where can I sign in to my Qatar Privilege Club account?

Head to the Privilege Club login page to access your account.

Michael McHugh

About Michael McHugh

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn't travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since. Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend's phone about a mistake fare.  That's where the love affair with points and miles began.

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  1. Great article–I really needed this information. I fly from IAD to DOH about once every 6 weeks. I was crediting my miles to AA but I get so few miles per trip even though I am flying Business Class. Should I credit to Qatar instead?


    • Hi Vito,

      Probably not as American Airlines miles are generally seen as much more valuable than Qatar miles. Have you ever used wheretocredit.com? It is very helpful in telling you who you should credit with in order to get the most bang for your buck.


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