How To Book Qatar Avios Award Bargains

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Disclaimer: Qatar continues to host Hamas’ politburo leadership, which it has done since 2012 and says it will continue to do while mediation efforts are in effect. Those efforts led to the release of several dozen hostages. The country funded Hamas in the past, though that was done with Israel’s request and coordination. Qatar Airways is fully owned by the country of Qatar. Should you fly on Qatar Airways? Should you use their program to save miles or cash versus other programs? I’m reporting the news of what can be done with Qatar Avios, and if you’re on the fence, I’d suggest asking a trusted source of guidance on what you should do in this situation. Or just work to ensure that you are their least profitable or money-losing customer!

With British Airways raising their Avios prices, you can get a much better value from your Avios by booking the same flights via Qatar Avios.

Several readers last week were unsure how to book with Qatar Avios, so I’ll discuss how to do it in this post.

How to acquire Qatar Avios

Avios credit cards:

Transfer points from banks into Avios:

  • American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly directly into Qatar Avios at a 1:1 ratio. There was a 30% bonus in August 2023 and a 40% bonus in May 2022, we expect a bonus to come later this year.
  • Citi ThankYou Points transfer instantly directly into Qatar Avios at a 1:1 ratio. Currently, there is a 30% bonus for transfers.
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly into British Airways Avios at a 1:1 ratio. There was a 30% bonus in September 2023, we expect a bonus to come later this year.
  • Capital One points transfer instantly into British Airways Avios at a 1:1 ratio. There was a 30% bonus in November 2022.
  • Marriott points transfer within a few days into British Airways Avios at a 60K:25K ratio.

Combine Avios

While Chase and Capital One don’t transfer to Qatar, you can still transfer to British Airways Avios and then to Qatar.

You will need to open a British Airways Avios account and a Qatar Avios account and then link your two accounts together.

You can combine Avios between BA, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Qatar on the BA site here.

Or you can combine Avios between BA and Qatar on the Qatar site here.

 

Booking with Qatar Avios

In order to book awards, you must log in to Qatar and then return to the homepage to book online. In most cases, the homepage search is now a much better search engine, than using the other award search page.

Once you are logged in, you will see the option on the homepage to “Book an award flight:”

 

 

Frustratingly, some routes, like Cleveland-NYC, won’t show up via the award search. You can search for availability on the BA site and then call Qatar to book it at 800-988-6128.

Or you can send a secure message to Qatar to book here. Select any option and write the details of what you’re trying to book in the message.

 

Qatar Avios Partner Rates

Qatar has an excellent partner award chart:

 

You can also use Qatar Avios for bargains on JetBlue, which has its own unpublished partner award chart that I put together here:

Flight distanceEconomy BusinessSample routes
0-1,1008.5K17KJFK-Boston, Chicago, or Fort Lauderdale
1,101-2,00013K26KJFK-Aruba, S. Maarten, or S. Thomas
2,081-2,80018,50074KJFK-Barbados, Liberia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or Seattle
2,801-3,70025K78KJFK-Amsterdam, Dublin, London, or Paris

Cancelations cost $25.

You can fly on AA on short-haul flights like NYC-Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, Pittsburgh, or Toronto for 6,000 Qatar Avios in coach or 12,500 Qatar Avios in business class. With BA that would be 8,250 in coach or 16.5K in business.

You can fly on AA between NYC and Miami for 9,000 Avios in coach or 16,500 Avios in business class. With BA that would be 11K in coach or 20.5K in business.

 

A JetBlue flight from NYC to Miami is just 8.5K Qatar Avios:

 

While British Airways Avios, you’ll pay a fortune in fuel surcharges to fly overseas on American, a business class ticket from JFK to London will set you back 62K Avios + $1,002:

 

But you can save a ton by booking with Qatar Avios, the same business class ticket on AA will be 62K Avios + $237:

 

 

A JetBlue flight from NYC to Paris is just 25K Qatar Avios in economy or 78K Avios in Mint business class, with no fuel surcharges:

 

That’s a fraction of what JetBlue charges:

 

I took advantage of the Qatar Avios pricing to fly to Paris last year in JetBlue Mint business class.

 

You can also use Qatar Avios for travel on Qatar, where you can redeem points for their business class QSuites, considered one of the best business class seats:

 

Qatar Qsuites

 

Credit cards with transferrable points:

If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has a 75K signup bonus for spending $4K in 3 months, earns 2.1 points per dollar on travel after the card's annual bonus, 3.1 points per dollar on dining, streaming, and online groceries after the card's annual bonus, has a $50 hotel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve® has a 75K signup bonus for spending $4K in 3 months, earns 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, has a $300 travel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.5 cents each for paid travel ($550 annual fee with $300 travel credit). Read more here.
  • Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card has a 100K signup bonus for spending $8K in 3 months, and earns 3 points per dollar on up to $150K of annual spending on shipping, advertising, and travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
  • Ink Business Cash® Credit Card has a 35K signup bonus for spending $3K in 3 months and another 40K signup bonus points for spending another $3K in 6 months for a total of 75,000 Chase Ultimate points, plus if you have a Chase business checking account open on the card's first anniversary you will get a 10% points bonus on all earnings from card spending, this card earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, and office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card has a 75K signup bonus for spending $6K in 3 months, and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through Chase Travel, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited® has a signup bonus that earns an extra 1.5% cash back in the form of 1.5 points per dollar everywhere on up to $20K of spending during your first year, on top of at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar (marketed as 5% cash back) on travel purchased through Chase Travel, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to miles include, select benefits require enrollment via your AMEX account. Terms apply to offers on this page:
  • AMEX Blue Business Plus is offering a rare 15K bonus for spending $3,000 in 3 months and offers 2 points per dollar spent on up to $50K spending annually, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive.  Read more here.
  • AMEX Platinum Business is offering a 150K bonus for spending $20,000 in 3 months and offers over $1,000 in annual credits, lounge access, and much more. Read more here.
  • AMEX Gold Business Card is offering a 70K bonus for spending $10,000 in 3 months and offers up to $240 in annual business credits, Walmart+ membership, up to 4 points per dollar spent, and more benefits. Read more here.
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express is offering a 80K bonus for spending $8,000 in 6 months and offers over $1,000 in annual credits, lounge access, and much more. Terms apply. Read more here.
  • American Express® Gold Card is offering a 60K bonus for spending $6,000 in 6 months and offers up to $240 in annual credits. Terms apply. Read more here. 
  • AMEX Green Consumer Card is offering a 40K bonus for spending $3,000 in 6 months and offers up to $189 in annual CLEAR Plus® credits, $100 LoungeBuddy credit, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive.
  • AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card is offering a 15K bonus for spending $2,000 in 6 months and offers 4.5 points per dollar on up to $6K in annual groceries when you use card 30 times that month, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive.
  • AMEX Everyday Consumer Card is offering a 10K bonus for spending $2,000 in 6 months and offers 2.4 points per dollar on up to $6K in annual groceries when you use card 20 times that month, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive. All information about the AMEX Green, AMEX Everyday Preferred, AMEX Everyday has been collected independently by DansDeals.
Capital One cards with transferable points include:
  • Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is offering 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4K in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Priority Pass Lounge membership, Hertz President's Circle status, free lounge access and status for free additional cardholders, transfer points to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $395 annual fee. Read more here.
  • Capital One Venture X Business is offering 150,000 bonus miles for spending $30K in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Enhanced Priority Pass Lounge membership, transfer points to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $395 annual fee. Read more here.
  • Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is offering 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4K in 3 months, plus 2 miles per dollar spent, transfer points to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $95 annual fee. Read more here. 
  • Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card is offering 20,000 bonus miles for spending $500 in 3 months, transfer points to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. No annual fee.
  • Capital One Spark Miles for Business is offering 50,000 bonus miles for spending $4,500 in 3 months, 2 miles per dollar spent, Global Entry/PreCheck, transfer points to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Capital One Spark Cash Plus is offering $1,200 cash back (convetible to 120,000 miles) for spending $30,000 in 3 months, 2% back everywhere, $40 MLB redemptions, annual fee refund when you spend $150K/year, and more. $150 annual fee.
If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:
  • Citi Strata Premier℠ Card offers 70,000 points for spending $4K in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, EV charging, and dining. 10 points per dollar on hotels, car rentals, and attractions booked on CitiTravel.com. $95 annual fee.
Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require a Citi Premier® Card card for points transfers include:
  • The Citi Double Cash® Card offering a rare 20K bonus for spending $1,500 in 6 months, and offers 2% cash back or 2 ThankYou points per dollar spent everywhere. If you also have a Citi Premier® Card Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Custom Cash® Card offering 20K signup bonus for spending $1,500 in 6 months, offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Rewards+® Card offering 20,000 points for spending $1,500 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier® Card Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.

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52 Comments On "How To Book Qatar Avios Award Bargains"

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Justmeha

No mention of the qatar airways credit cards?

No

Is there a chart for Iberia and Aer Lingus short and long haul US flighta

Jeremy

Agree Qatar offers better value than most other Avios options. Exceptions would be Iberia and Aer Lingus in biz on their own metal

Greece

Hi Dan, what is the best option/airlines you’d suggest for using my Chase/Citi points to book July RT flight NY to Greece?

Stopover

Do they also charge per leg of the flight has a stopover (like BA does)?

Denverite

Just FYI you might be on a VERY long Q-Suites flight with no food! Qatar airways says on their website they have kosher meals but after I booked a Q-suites ticket (Abu Dhabi-US, via Doha) kosher meals were not options for either flight (and they most definitely can be sourced from the UAE).

As an aside, I booked my ticket with BA Avios, only 75k, and I only do feel comfortable booking this ticket because BA got the money for the point conversion from Chase and Qatar will lose money on that seat but I would feel very uncomfortable to have Qatar benefit from any ticket purchase or credit card conversion, especially since they support Hamas and the Islamic Republic of Iran (they allowed every other national flag at the World Cup except for the Persian flag of the Shah’s government and Persian media also reported they gave lists of Persian attendees to the Iranian government to monitor and punish their citizens). They deceptively advertise they have kosher meals but don’t actually offer kosher food on these overseas flights just like they promised there would be kosher food at the World Cup and then legally banned its sale the week before!!

Israeli

Don’t you think Kosher meals are the least of your issue? It might be asur to order Kosher because you are putting yourself in sakana nefashot. This isn’t Lawrence or Lakewood. When you fly through Doha you have to start thinking like someone who lived through the Farhood of Baghdad or Berlin 1935. Im not joking either. Better not to fly them but if you do you’re probably best eating vegan or bringing your own food. Publicly identifying yourself as a religious Jew in Doha is moronic. People are attacking Jews in Amsterdam I don’t want to think about what can happen in Qatar. Use your sechel we aren’t in Kansas anymore.

Proud Jew

As a proud Jew you will never take away my Jewish identity. I flew Qatar Airways this august for my first time and had a better experience then the likes of other middle eastern airlines IE: Etihad, Emirates ETC. I ordered a kosher meal by calling them. Once on board the plane, before departure, a flight attendant approached me and introduced herself and said to me, we understand you ordered a special meal today and we are going to need your help opening it. Upon take off they brought me the box with my Hermolis kosher meal, I opened the box for them to heat my meal, they were pretty accustom with how our kosher meals operate. (unlike my Neos flight this month from JFK-MXP-JFK). Since they don’t get kosher meals frequently, they don’t have mid flight snacks, instead, they give you another full hot meal. I asked the flight attendant’s how often they get a request for a kosher meal, they responded about once a month.
Flying Qatar and traveling VIA Doha is not considered Sakana (according to my LOR). I felt extremely safe traveling solo during my flight, as well, during my stay in Doha city. On my return flight, the head flight attendant saw I was wearing my kippa during the flight and said to me, you should always be proud of you religion, I said thank you. that makes me feel safe coming from you as my inbound flight I was hesitant to wear it, so I opted for a cap. After striking up a conversation with him I told him I look forward to the day when there are diplomatic relations between Israel and Qatar and hope to be on that inaugural flight between the two countries.

Bugsy

Isn’t vegan meals not kosher?

Mendel

Does Qatar Airways make money when you transfer Avios to them and then use them to book other airlines’ flights?

mord1

There is old info in the post:

“Capital One points transfer instantly into British Airways Avios at a 1:1 ratio. There was a 30% bonus in November 2022.”

Mendy

No mention of jetble to london?

Jeremy

Paris is mentioned. It would be almost exactly the same for London.

Meir

If you live in Canada and have RBC Avion points there is a 30% bonus transferring them to BA Avis until the end of May.

avi

I moved my points (500k) from BA to Qatar but they now locked my account citing my ba account is also locked can anyone help me?

GUWonder

I hope they quickly address this issue.

Sounds like they flagged the transfer as a suspicious transfer and locked the account(s) because of that.

Are the addresses and all other details in the entries for the common fields on both accounts an exact match? Was the geolocation of your IP address on your access device for the account transfer in the same general area as the mailing addresses on your QR and BA accounts, and were you using a commercial VPN at the time of the transfer or a public wifi network? Those kind of things and a large transfer in one fell swoop can make some transfer-related parties more suspicious and thus interested in buying time to let the situation sort out and try to reduce the chances of there being any funny business with unauthorized account transfers or other account abuse.

Abe2023

Thanks Dan was waiting on booking a bunch of aa flights on ba now I’ll be saving 3000 points on each ticket
Can I book points for my family on my account?

Yitz

Is there any ryme or reason as to which routes they dont show online? Is it just some city pairs arbitrarily never come up?

anonymous

AA is no longer on the dropdown on Qatar for ‘flights with our partners’?

Chaim

I havent been able to get jet blue options to populate, ive tried all 3 search options listed. one of the searches is saying that i need the 8500 avios. does that mean i need the avios in the account to see search results?

Y

Thanks Dan.
1 Point to add, On domestic flights Qatar airways is showing before booking the baggage symbol as if it would include luggage, In fact it does not include them unless you fly First/Business.
Its still worth to book Eco with them just take in account that its without luggage.

Jerseysteve

just booked however ticket does not show up on AA yet – how long does it take for AA to issue the ticket?

Be aware!

I learnt the hard way, Qatar doesn’t add lap infants to AA partner awards, and AA won’t either. AA says to call Qatar…

Nope

I’ve missed a flight in the past due to that assumption. (although that was United booked with Turkish, and the check-in counter sent me to the Ticketing desk that had a 2 hour wait…)

Yosroel

Can I book Jet blue flight lax Nyc in mint with Qatar ? How much miles

Infant booking help

I am trying to book a seat for my infant and it is not letting me it says age is unavailable for a ticket and if I book as an infant it doesn’t give me an option for a seat

Abe2023

Would I be able to book an aa award flight not showing up on Qatar thru secure message?

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