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Qatar Lowers Qmiles Redemption Rates

The number of miles required to redeem awards in the Privilege Club program have been reduced by as much as 49 percent

November 30, 2020

Qatar Airways has announced a reduction in the number of Qmiles required to redeem award flights in its Privilege Club loyalty program, with some rates lowered by as much as 49 percent.

The carrier said that the reductions included direct services from Doha, as well as connecting flights through Hamad International. The airline has highlighted number of example rate reductions, including:

Business class round trip flights

• Auckland (AKL) to Los Angeles (LAX) reduced by 45 percent from 434,000 to 240,000 Qmiles

• Doha (DOH) to London (LHR) reduced by 26 percent from 116,000 to 86,000 Qmiles

• Paris (CDG) to Bangkok (BKK) reduced by 40 percent from 251,000 to 150,000 Qmiles

• Sao Paulo (GRU) to Tokyo (HND) reduced by 49 percent from 391,000 to 200,000 Qmiles

Economy class round trip flights

• New York (JFK) to Mumbai (BOM) reduced by 39 percent from 131,500 to 80,000 Qmiles

The airline’s statement does not make it clear if rates have been reduced across all routes, or just on selected services.

Qatar Airways also said that members booking flexi award tickets (which require twice the number of Qmiles) would also benefit from the reduction in rates.

Earlier this year Qatar Airways changed its expiration policy for Qmiles, with miles now valid for 36 months when a member earns or spends within their Privilege Club account. The airline also removed booking fees for award flight redemptions.

In addition, according to the carrier, “Members booking business class award flights will continue to receive complimentary lounge access – including to Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge at Hamad International – and seat allocation.”

This follows the introduction of a new “classic” business class fare which does not include lounge access.