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The Qatar Airways Privilege Club program is not one that receives much attention, especially since it’s been massively devalued over the years.
As you’ll see below, the airline isn’t always the best choice for most redemptions and passes on fuel surcharges to customers, which can be expensive.
With that said, there’s still value to be found — especially when the revenue cost of a flight is high. This is especially true for partners, as found in the better-than-expected partner award chart.
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You can earn Marriott Bonvoy points and transfer those to Qatar at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive a bonus of 5,000 Qatar Avios.
With an understanding of some of the ways to earn Avios, below you will find the best ways to use them.
When you are calculating the number of miles required for a flight, it’s important to note Qatar uses both a mileage calculator and partner award chart, both of which are shown below.
American Airlines offers several nonstop flights from the U.S. to cities in Europe.
With 70,000 to 120,000 Avios, you can book a one-way business class flight from the U.S. to Europe. Booking an economy award also provides value, with 35,000 to 60,000 Avios required for a one-way flight.
American Airlines flies the following non-stop routes to Europe that you can book with Avios.
Taxes and fees for a one-way business class flight vary from $93 to $323.
Need help booking an award flight? See our best ways to book American Airlines business class.
Finnair offers nonstop flights from major U.S. gateways to Helsinki (HEL).
With 100,000 to 120,000 Avios, you can book a one-way business class flight from the U.S. to Finland. Economy flights also represent decent value at 50,000 to 60,000 Avios for a one-way flight.
You can book Finnair flights to Helsinki (HEL) from:
Taxes and fees for a one-way economy flight are around $188, and around $531 for business class.
Iberia flies from these U.S. cities to Spain:
With 70,000 to 120,000 Avios, you can book a one-way business class flight from the U.S. to Madrid (MAD). You can also receive respectable value by booking an economy flight at 35,000 to 60,000 Avios one-way.
Taxes and fees for a one-way economy flight are around $188, and business class fees are around $531.
Qatar doesn’t make it cheap to fly in its premium cabin from the U.S. to its Middle East hub.
With 70,000 Avios, you can book a one-way business class flight from the U.S. to Doha. Economy award redemptions typically do not offer value since you can usually find affordable economy flights.
However, if economy flights are expensive on your dates of travel and you would prefer to use miles, you’re looking at 35,000 Avios for a one-way economy flight.
Nonstop Qatar flights to Doha (DOH) that can be booked with Avios include:
Taxes and fees for a one-way economy flight are around $270, and fees for a business class flight are around $643.
Qantas first class is one of the world’s most elusive award redemptions you can make. If you happen to find availability, you can redeem Qatar Avios. What better way to spend tons of Qatar Avios on plane tickets worth $15,000+?
There are 3 specific U.S. Qantas routes on which you can book Qantas first class:
Taxes and fees will range from $60 to $65, which makes this an awesome deal. For these tickets that cost around $10,000 to $16,000 apiece, you can earn a great value of 6 cents per mile.
If you want to try Qatar Airways’ A380 first class and want to fly on a shorter route between Doha and Europe, you can book this award flight for a cheaper mileage cost.
Qatar Airways’ A380 flights are some of the most elusive in the world, and you can find them being flown on these European routes:
Taxes and fees will run at around $130 one-way per person and $350 to $450 in the reverse direction.
Japan Airlines flies from nearly as many U.S. destinations as Cathay Pacific.
With 180,000 to 225,000 Avios, you can book a one-way first class flight from the U.S. to Japan. Similar to Cathay Pacific, economy and business class award tickets typically do not yield much value.
If you need an economy or business class flight, Qatar requires 50,000 to 75,000 Avios for economy or 100,000 to 150,000 Avios for business class.
Nonstop Japan Airlines flights to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) that can be booked with Avios include:
Additional Japan Airlines’ nonstop flights to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) that can be booked with Avios include:
All bolded cities are routes that offer first class.
Taxes and fees for a one-way first class flight are around $351.
Cathay Pacific flies from 8 North American cities to Hong Kong (HKG), which makes finding award space much easier.
Hot Tip: Check out our detailed guide on Cathay Pacific’s direct routes from the U.S. You can use the information here to plan your award flights efficiently.
With 225,000 to 255,000 Avios, you can book a one-way first class flight from the U.S. to Hong Kong. Booking an economy or business class award ticket will likely not result in much value for your points.
If you do end up booking economy or business class, you will need 75,000 to 85,000 Avios for economy or 100,000 to 150,000 Avios for business class.
Nonstop Cathay Pacific flights to Hong Kong (HKG) that can be booked with Avios include:
Bolded cities are routes that offer first class.
Taxes and fees for a one-way first class flight vary from $251 to $274.
Want to fly on one of the rarest first class products in the world? Qatar Airways’ rare A380 first class is offered only on a few routes. And if you’re using Qatar Airways Avios, you’ll be able to try Qatar Airways first class on some of its longest flights.
Booking Qatar Airways first class is only possible on its A380 routes, which include:
Taxes and fees will be around $200 one-way per person and $350 in the reverse direction.
Malaysia Airlines is one of the most important Oneworld airlines in the world. That’s because it is the fast-growing airline connecting much of the developed world to Southeast Asia, which is one of the fastest-developing regions globally.
If you have future travel involving Malaysia, one of the classiest ways to fly is to try Malaysia Airlines business class. Malaysia Airlines flies its flagship A350 to/from London, and you can book this 13-hour flight with Qatar Airways Avios.
Here’s the exact route:
Taxes and fees in business class will be around $60 one-way per person and $437 in the reverse direction.
Royal Jordanian Airlines is the flag carrier of Jordan, one of the safest and tourist-friendly countries in the Middle East. This Oneworld airline offers nonstop flights from the U.S. to Jordan’s capital, Amman.
Although its business class seats are slightly outdated thanks to a 2-2-2 configuration, it still represents a nonstop opportunity to fly to Jordan quickly and efficiently.
Here are the routes you can book:
Taxes and fees will be around $190 one-way per person or $350 in the reverse direction.
Our very last redemption digs into a recent addition to Oneworld: Royal Air Maroc. The flag carrier of Morocco, this airline offers nonstop connectivity between the U.S. and Morocco, which is a niche destination.
Still, if you wanted to fly from the U.S. to Morocco nonstop, this is one of the only ways to do it. Luckily, you can redeem Qatar Airways Avios to Casablanca (CMN) from:
Taxes and fees on flights originating in the U.S. will be around $180 one-way per person or $260 in the reverse direction.
Our main Qatar Airways Privilege Club page outlines the membership tiers, how to earn both Qpoints and Avios, how to redeem Avios, and more.
If you have a question not answered in this article, you’ll likely find it answered in the Privilege Club section.
Privilege Club is the frequent flyer program of Qatar Airways, and Avios are the miles you earn by flying on Qatar or its partner airlines flights.
Qatar is a member of the Oneworld alliance, and the airline also has partnerships with airlines outside of the Oneworld alliance.
|Alaska Airlines||Malaysia Airlines|
|American Airlines||Oman Air (joining in 2024)|
|Cathay Pacific||Qatar Airways|
|Fiji Airways (Oneworld Connect Partner)||Royal Air Maroc|
|Iberia||S7 Airlines (temporarily suspended)|
|Japan Airlines||SriLankan Airlines|
Hot Tip: For more information about using Qatar’s Oneworld partners, check out our guide to the best ways to search for award availability in the Oneworld Alliance.
|Bangkok Airways||Middle East Airlines|
|GOL Transportes Aereos|
Qatar uses a mileage calculator when flying on its own flights, and this functions as a distance-based award chart.
Flights from the U.S. to Doha price out at the same rate, regardless of the city pairs.
There is a separate award chart when flying Qatar’s partner airlines, which include the Oneworld alliance. The partner award chart is distance-based, so it’s helpful to use Great Circle Mapper to calculate the distance of your itinerary. Awards are priced per segment, which means you cannot get extraordinary value above 12,001 Avios, unfortunately.
You can now search for award availability online for Qatar Airways flights — you don’t need Avios in your account to search!
You can also call Qatar at 800-988-6128 to check award availability.
You can book Qatar Airways flights completely online pretty easily, but not all partner flights may show up on the online search engine, which is when you’ll want to pick up the phone and call Qatar Airways.
Qatar has several rules, indicated on its website, that are important to know before making an award booking:
Unfortunately, the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program isn’t one worth running to for your next redemption, except in niche situations.
The combination of expensive partner redemptions, a clunky search engine (especially for partner searches), and fuel surcharges have us checking out better options. However, the program does provide value if you already have Avios sitting in your account or you’re wanting to fly a specific redemption using your miles.
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You can earn Avios for flights on Qatar and its partner airlines by booking trips with its hotel and car rental partners, and/or using credit cards that earn points that can be transferred to Qatar.
Qatar does not currently offer co-branded credit cards that earn Avios for U.S.-based travelers.
Marriott Bonvoy transfers at a 3:1 ratio and transfers take approximately 6 days to complete. When you transfer 60,000 Marriott points to Qatar Airways, you’ll also receive a bonus of 5,000 Qatar Airways Avios.
You should be able to find redemption values of around 3 cents per mile, particularly for premium cabin award flights.
When searching for economy award space, you should be able to get 1-2 cents per mile in value.
The date for expiring Avios can be extended for a non-refundable fee. After the miles are extended, the miles will be valid for an additional 12 months.
If your Avios have already expired, you may extend the expiration date for a non-refundable fee. Revalidated Avios will be valid for an additional 12 months.
Avios are valid for 3 years and will expire in the 6-month period in which the miles were earned. For example, miles earned between January and June 2021 will expire on June 30, 2024.
Qatar is not part of American Airlines, but both airlines are part of the Oneworld alliance.
The alliance means you can redeem your Qatar Avios for flights on American Airlines and your American Airlines miles for flights on Qatar.
While you can use miles from 1 airline to fly another airline, it’s not possible to combine miles between the 2 programs.
You can buy up to 60,000 Avios in 1 calendar year for your own account. You can also buy up to 60,000 Avios in 1 calendar year as a gift for another Privilege Club member.
You must have earned at least of 3,000 Avios since you enrolled in a new account to purchase additional Avios.
Avios can be purchased in blocks of 1,000 starting at $35, and prices drop as low as $30 depending on the number of Avios you purchase.
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