Avios Credit Cards Deals Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways offering 30% transfer bonus, also converts to BA Avios

Transfer unlimited credit card points to Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios, including from Citi and Standard Chartered in Singapore, with a 30% bonus.

If you’re sitting on a stash of credit card points in either Citi or Standard Chartered in Singapore, there’s a new transfer bonus on offer from Qatar Airways running between now and 15th November 2022, which will net you up to 30% more Avios than usual when transferring.

While this doesn’t match up to the airline’s 40% bonus offered back in June this year, it still allows you to achieve great value Qatar Airways Business Class redemptions, like Singapore to Europe for the equivalent of 54,000 miles transferred from credit card points like Citi Miles.

Oneworld awards like Qantas from Singapore to Perth in Business Class for the equivalent of 30,000 Citi Miles transferred are also possible.

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It’s a potentially attractive offer now that travel has mostly returned, plus the Qatar programme is good value again following a return to 2018 redemption levels, including the Qsuite from Singapore to Europe for 70,000 miles with no fuel surcharges.

Unfortunately Qatar Privilege Club (QRPC) has recently reintroduced award surcharges of US$35 to US$70 per sector, which spoils the value slightly, but still makes it well worth considering, especially with a bonus like this running.

Better still, a recent move to adopt Avios as its award currency with a 1:1 ratio from the old Qmiles opens up a wide variety of great oneworld awards, by switching your Avios across to British Airways instantly and fee-free, to tap a far superior award chart for intra-region redemptions.

Up to 30% bonus miles offer

For transfers made between 1st November 2022 and 15th November 2022, Qatar Airways will award:

  • 20% bonus Avios for any total transfer equivalent to 1 – 30,000 Avios; or
  • 30% bonus Avios for any total transfer equivalent to 30,001 Avios or more

from its bank and credit card partners, with no upper cap.

    That means provided your transfer is normally equivalent to 30,001 Avios or more, the whole amount gets a 30% boost (not just the amount above 30,000 points).

    Here’s how it works:

    • Log in to the rewards account that you have with your bank.
    • Choose to convert your reward points into Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios.
    • Enjoy 20% or 30% bonus Avios credited to your Privilege Club account.

    Note that bonus Avios will not be awarded instantly.

    You may have to wait until 15th December 2022 before receiving the bonus miles as a separate transaction. The bonus will also not be reflected by your bank during the transfer process itself (Qatar Airways gives you the bonus, not your bank).

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    That’s disappointing, since it will be no use to those hoping to use the bonus to jump on a redemption ticket in the coming weeks, or even one you have your eye on in the coming months (will it still be available in mid-December?).

    The Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

    Full terms and conditions for the transfer bonus are available here.

    Citi to Qatar Privilege Club

    Citi Miles, earned exclusively through the Citi PremierMiles card in Singapore, usually transfer into Qatar Privilege Club at a 1:1 ratio.

    With this offer you’ll get 12,000 Qatar Avios for every 10,000 Citi Miles converted instead (1:1.2 ratio), for transfers of 10,000, 20,000 or 30,000 Citi Miles, or better still 13,000 Qatar Avios for every 10,000 Citi Miles converted (1:1.3 ratio) if your transfer is 40,000+ Citi Miles.

    Here’s how it looks for a larger transfer block, which you’ll no doubt be focusing on during this offer to pick up the higher bonus rate.

    Transfer Ratio
    Citi Miles    QR Avios
    40,000 : 40,000
    40,000 : 52,000

    Citi ThankYou Points (TYPs), earned through cards like the Citi Prestige and Citi Rewards, usually transfer into QRPC at a 2.5:1 ratio.

    With this offer you’ll get 13,000 Qatar Avios for every 25,000 Citi TYPs converted instead (1.92:1 ratio), for transfers of 100,000 TYPs or more (to achieve above that 40,000 Avios threshold for the full 30% bonus), as shown below.

    Transfer Ratio
    Citi ThankYou Points    QR Avios
    100,000 : 40,000
    100,000 : 52,000

    Citi Miles transfer into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles at a 1:1 ratio and Citi ThankYou Points at a 2.5:1 ratio, the same as the regular Qatar conversion rates, so this 30% bonus for Qatar it’s definitely worth considering if you think you’ll use Qatar (or BA) Avios in the near future.



     


     

    Standard Chartered to Qatar Privilege Club

    When Standard Chartered first revealed its transfer ratios to a range of new airline partners with the launch of the X Card in 2019, its Rewards Points transferred into the Qatar Airways programme at a 3:1 ratio.

    Unfortunately in late 2020 this was quietly devalued to 3.5:1, making it even less attractive, especially while Citi retained its 2.5:1 ratio for equivalent points into QRPC.

    With this offer you’ll get 1,300 Qatar Avios for every 3,500 Rewards Points converted instead (2.69:1 ratio), provided your transfer is at least 108,500 Rewards Points.

    Transfer Ratio
    SC Reward Points    QR Avios
    108,500 : 31,000
    108,500 : 40,300

    Standard Chartered Rewards Points convert into KrisFlyer miles year-round at a 2.5:1 ratio, so under this offer you have the opportunity to convert to Qatar Avios instead at a similar rate, which doesn’t sound great but may actually be of interest (read on to find out why).

    QRPC award surcharges are back

    When it shifted to using the Avios currency, Qatar Airways rather sneakily reintroduced a carrier-imposed booking fee on award redemptions, in addition to the taxes and fees normally payable, and of course in addition to the unchanged Qmiles (now Avios) redemption rates themselves.

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    Surcharges apply sector-by-sector and are applied at the rates shown below:

    • Economy: US$35
    • Business / First: US$70

    The problem for most of our readers is that the sector-by-sector nature of the additional charge means paying at least twice for a redemption from Singapore (e.g. to Europe) and then twice again on the way back home if you’re also using Avios on Qatar for the return trip.

    For a round-trip Business Class award (e.g. SIN-DOH-MAD-DOH-SIN) that’s potentially an additional US$280 (~S$380) cash outlay per person, compared to previous charges.

    Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

    Very few people are merely going from Singapore to Doha and back (ok, 2022 FIFA World Cup aside!), in which case the surcharge would only be applied once for a one-way award and twice for a round-trip.

    Business Class to Europe from 54,000 miles

    For our readers based in Singapore, one of the best value redemptions on Qatar Airways is to Europe and back in Business Class.

    Qatar Airways offers a range of Business Class products on its network. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

    Here’s an example of how you can use this 30% bonus to fly from Singapore to Athens and some other cities in Business Class on Qatar Airways for just 54,000 Citi Miles + S$260 in taxes.

    QRPC
    Business Class redemptions from Singapore
    (one-way)

    Route
    QR Avios Citi Miles
    (30% bonus)
    KF Miles
    Singapore

    Doha
    50,000
    +S$152
    38,462
    +S$152
    n/a
    Singapore

    Athens
    70,000
    +S$260
    53,846
    +S$260
    n/a
    Singapore

    London
    75,000
    +S$260
    57,692
    +S$260
    103,500
    +S$52
    Singapore

    New York
    95,000
    +S$289
    73,077
    +S$289
    111,500
    +S$76*

    * S$109 to S$143 if routing via FRA

    As you can see, a transfer of just 54,000 Citi Miles to Qatar Privilege Club is enough to net you 70,000 Avios in the programme, including the bonus, enough to get you from Singapore to Athens via Doha in Qatar Airways Business Class with around S$260 in taxes and fees to pay.

    That shorter Europe zone also includes destinations like Bucharest, Sofia and Mykonos.

    For longer Europe flights like London and Paris, a transfer of 57,692 Citi Miles into QRPC will be enough to redeem in Business Class at the 75,000 Avios rate (usually 103,500 miles with KrisFlyer!).

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    Granted you can’t actually transfer 57,692 Citi Miles into QRPC, since the transfer blocks are in 10,000-mile denominations, but even assuming you have a zero Qatar balance right now – 60,000 miles is a great deal (giving you 78,000 Avios in QRPC after the bonus pays out, so you’ll have 3,000 Avios left over for future use).

    Singapore – USA trips in Business Class don’t normally represent a huge saving using Avios on Qatar Airways versus KrisFlyer on SIA, but with this bonus running you’d only need to transfer 80,000 Citi Miles (73,077 in fact) for such a routing – a great deal compared to 111,500 miles under KrisFlyer.

    A transit in Doha is almost always part of your journey with Qatar Airways. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

    While a transit in Doha is inconvenient, do remember that Qatar Airways is serving many cities in Europe and the USA which require a transit anyway when you fly with SIA – like Madrid or Washington.

    Qatar does not impose any pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement for transit passengers at Doha Airport, so you’ll only be subject to the requirements for your final destination (if any). That means travel to all of Europe, Canada and now even the USA is test-free for fully vaccinated passengers.



     


     

    It also works for transfers to BA Avios

    Since Qatar Airways shifted its frequent flyer currency into Avios, the loyalty points of the IAG Group in which the airline has a 25% stake, these frequent flyer points aren’t only good for redeeming only on the airline itself.

    You can now easily link your British Airways Avios and Qatar Airways Avios accounts together (see this guide) and make unlimited instant transfers back and forth between the two.

    This allows you to tap good value short-haul redemptions on other oneworld carriers at the BA Avios rates, which are far better than the Qatar Avios rates when used to redeem oneworld flights directly.

    Combining Avios between your Qatar and BA accounts is easy, free, instant and reversible, as many times as you like

    Here are some examples of how you can make significant redemption savings with this deal by transferring Citi Miles (or Citi TYPs) to Qatar Avios with a 30% bonus, then transferring them free 1:1 into British Airways Avios.

    BA Avios via QRPC
    Business Class redemptions from Singapore
    (one-way)

    Route This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is BAEC.png Using
    This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.pngKrisFlyer
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    BA Avios Citi Miles
    (30% bonus)
    Singapore

    Kuala Lumpur (MH)
    12,500
    +S$75
    9,615
    +S$75
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    +S$52
    Singapore

    Colombo (UL)
    22,000
    +S$167
    16,823
    +S$167
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    +S$52
    Singapore

    Perth (QF)
    38,750
    +S$86
    29,808
    +S$86
    This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png40,500
    +S$76
    Singapore

    Sydney (QF)
    62,000
    +S$113
    47,692
    +S$113