Looking to book Qatar’s famous Business Class QSuites but don’t have AAdvantage miles?
Citi’s ThankYou points transfer in to Qatars Qmiles program 1:1 and Qatar itself is bonusing 20% on top of your transfer. You would earn transferable ThankYou points with a Citi Premier (or Prestige or Chairman’s Card)
The most common way you would use Qatar’s Qmiles are for flights from the US to Doha or onward to someplace like Male in the Maldives.
With Qatar having recently announced plans to return A380’s with First Class to service, you may even have the chance to redeem for First at a reduced rate via this bonus.
Still, Qatar requires you to call 800-988-6128 to check for award space on Qatar metal, as you’ll get this message trying to search before transferring miles in: “You do not have sufficient Qmiles to proceed with booking” which is a bummer and actually I thought they had removed this obstacle in recent years.
It also can take up to 2 days for Citi to transfer your points to Qatar. It’s unclear if they will hold the award space, however I believe they will for partners so it’s definitely possible. (If you have done so, please comment below and I’ll update.
If you want to fly partners, like American, you can search that online and find pricing as well, although with prices like 70k each way for AA in Biz from the US to Europe, I don’t find it that enticing.
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New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.