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Flash sale: Qatar Airways selling Qmiles from 1.8 US cents each (40% bonus)

Get a 40% discount when you top-up your Qatar Airways Privilege Club Qmiles balance by 5,000-250,000 miles before 5am on 10th December.
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Qatar Airways is offering a 40% discount when you buy or gift its Qmiles as part of a flash sale over the next two days, giving you the opportunity to top up your balance in this recently-revalued frequent flyer programme from 1.8 US cents per mile (around 2.5 Singapore cents per mile).

You can buy up to 250,000 Qmiles per calendar year, which is also the purchase limit during this bonus promotion.

(Image: Qatar Airways)

This 40% bonus doesn’t quite match the more generous 50% discount Qatar was offering for miles purchases in December last year, which meant picking up miles at just 1.5 US cents each (around 2 Singapore cents), a much better proposition.

Pro Tip: If you don’t need more Qmiles now, it may be worth holding off any purchase in case a 50% discount (i.e. 100% bonus) offer comes along next year.

Another downside about this promotion is that the lowest cost per mile kicks in only at 26,000+ Qmiles purchased, so if you just need a small top-up it’s going to be more expensive.

Here’s how the cost of Qmiles looks under this 40% discount offer:

Miles purchased Usual
Cost per mile
Promotion
Cost per mile
1,000 – 4,000 3.50 US ¢ 3.50 US ¢
(no discount)
5,000 – 10,000 3.50 US ¢ 2.10 US ¢
11,000 – 25,000 3.30 US ¢ 1.98 US ¢
26,000 – 250,000 3.00 US ¢ 1.80 US ¢

Notice how Qatar’s variable price banding leads to the strange situation where buying 25,000 miles is actually more expensive than buying 26,000 or 27,000 miles!

Deadline: 9th December 2021

This bonus offer ends at 11.59pm on Thursday 9th December 2021 in Qatar, which is 4.59am on Friday 10th December 2021 Singapore time.

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1,000 Qmiles sign-up promotion

Even if you’re not planning to buy Qmiles in this promotion, and you’re probably not at these rates, Qatar Privilege Club is offering a 1,000 Qmiles welcome bonus for new members signing up, even without taking a flight.

That makes it a good time to join if you’re not already a member, so you can take advantage of future promotions with a decent (free) miles balance already in place.

(Image: Qatar Airways)

One snag with buying Qmiles was that you must have earned at least 1,000 Qmiles since you first joined the programme in order to be eligible to buy.

Signing up as a new member under this offer for 1,000 free miles will solve this issue.

If you want to wait, Qatar Privilege Club regularly offers 1,500 to 2,500 miles sign-up bonuses too.

Qmiles are valuable again

In November last year, Qatar Airways cut its award rates, bringing redemption prices on its flights back to pre-May 2018 levels (when an unannounced and significant devaluation occurred).

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With no fuel surcharges passed on to its own members redeeming Qatar Airways flights since 2015, this is now among the cheapest redemption options from Singapore to Europe in Business Class, with the excellent Qsuite also on offer.

The Qatar Airways Qsuite. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

Here are some example redemption options using the programme, showing miles rates and taxes payable for redeeming on Qatar Airways flights one-way from Singapore using Qmiles, against some other programmes.

Qatar Business Class redemption from Singapore
FFP Doha London Athens New York
QRtrans 50k
+S$58
75k
+S$68
70k
+S$68
95k
+S$91
AM Logo trans 61k
+S$422
70k
+S$482
70k
+S$482
90k
+S$605
AVIOStrans 62k
+S$422
124k
+S$482
84k
+S$482
170.25k
+S$605
QFFtrans 75k
+S$422
119.2k
+S$482
90k
+S$482
159k
+S$605
MHtrans 82k
+S$422
131k
+S$482
131k
+S$482
165k
+S$605

You can currently take Qatar Airways flights outbound from Singapore to a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) country via Doha (transit) without affecting your eligibility to return on a VTL service (e.g. SIN-DOH-LHR), but unfortunately you won’t be able to come back that way for a while, since the expansion of the quarantine-free scheme to include Qatar was postponed.

As you can see even though you’ll pay slightly less to fly in Business Class from Singapore to London on Qatar Airways using Asia Miles, the fuel surcharge payable through that programme significantly increases the cash outlay to nearly S$500, compared to just S$70 using Privilege Club Qmiles.

Unfortunately Qatar’s partner award chart, for redemptions on oneworld carriers like Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, remains relatively poor value. For example, Singapore to Hong Kong in Business Class on Cathay will set you back a whopping 50,000 Qmiles + S$55!

For comparison, Asia Miles and Avios are both charging 25,000 miles in Business Class on that route.

Using Qmiles to redeem partner awards is poor value. (Photo: Cathay Pacific)

Qatar also passes on fuel surcharges (where they are applied) when you redeem Qmiles on partner airlines, so it’s altogether a poor deal and therefore these miles are really best used on Qatar Airways flights themselves.

Qmiles don’t expire

As we reported in July last year, your Qatar Qmiles will no longer expire, provided you earn or redeem at least one mile every three years.

That welcome change replaced a former three-year fixed validity policy, not too dissimilar to KrisFlyer’s.

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Buying miles also ‘resets the clock’ and keeps your entire Qmiles stash safe for another three years.

You can also top-up your Qmiles from GrabRewards points, and although the value is poor compared to other Grab redemptions, this will also keep your entire Qmiles stash alive for another three years.

Terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions for this offer are as follows:

  • The Promotion provides an eligible member with the opportunity to earn a discount on Qmiles purchased during the promotion period from 00.01 GMT +3 on 8 December 2021 to 23.59 GMT+3 on 9 December 2021.
  • This offer is available only for transactions made on the Buy Qmiles and Gift Qmiles store on qatarairways.com via the Points Platform only and when a minimum of 5,000 Qmiles are purchased and cannot be applied in combination with another offer that may be available on the Buy or Gift product.
  • Qmiles bought or gifted through this Offer will count towards the maximum limit of 250,000 Qmiles allowed in a calendar year.
  • Price 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 programme.
  • 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.

Which card to use

If you are going to buy in this promotion, and assuming like most of our readers you are based in Singapore, you’ll want to achieve the maximum number of credit card miles for the purchase itself when buying Qmiles.

The transaction happens in US dollars (i.e. non-SGD) and is processed by points.com.

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You can earn the most extra miles for the purchase transaction by using one of the following Singapore issued credit cards if you can:

Card Miles per S$1 Notes
Citi Rewards MC 2019Citi Rewards Visa / MasterCard
(see our review)
4.0 4 mpd on all online spend in a statement period, capped at S$1,000 per card.
Card.pngDBS WWMC*
(see our review)
4.0* 4 mpd on all online spend in a calendar month, capped at S$2,000.
Card.pngUOB Visa Signature
(see our review)
4.0 4 mpd on all overseas spend of at least S$1,000 in a statement period, capped at S$2,000.
image_standard-chartered-visa-infinite@2x02.pngStandard Chartered Visa Infinite
(see our review)
3.0 For non-SGD spend, provided total card spend (any currency) is S$2,000 or greater in the same statement cycle.
UOB-PRVI-MC.pngUOB PRVI Miles (see our review) 2.4 All non-SGD spend.