Qatar Airways is one of the best airlines on the planet and stands out, particularly with its famous Qsuite (discover our reviews on board the A350 and the B777-300ER). Qatar Airways also has a pervasive network, and it is possible to fly anywhere around the world from Montreal or Toronto on its wings.
The Qatar Airways frequent flyer program is the Qatar Airways Privilege Club. It is possible to earn and book flights on Qatar Airways or Oneworld partners within this program.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty program
How do I create an account?
The link to register for the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program is here. There is no charge for creating an account.
What are the elite statuses of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club?
In the Qatar Airways Privilege Club, there is a basic status and three elite status levels: Burgundy, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
To achieve elite status, you must earn a certain number of Qpoints when flying on Qatar Airways or its partners. The number of Qpoints that must be earned is in 12 months and not per calendar year.
Then, the number of Qpoints required is slightly lower to requalify for status afterward. If you are short a few Qpoints to qualify or maintain an Elite status, you can purchase them once in a 36-month period.
Finally, at least 20% of the Qpoints earned must be from Qatar Airways flights or travel on at least four segments with them.
Qatar Airways Burgundy
|Qualification criterion||enrollment in the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program|
- 25% bonus miles per family member traveling on Qatar Airways flights
- priority on waiting lists
Qatar Airways Silver Elite
|Qualification criterion||150 Qpoints in 12 months|
|Criteria for maintaining the earned Elite Status||135 Qpoints in 12 months or 270 Qpoints in 24 months|
- 25% discount on economy class seat selections
- 25% bonus miles earned on flights
- 50% bonus miles per family member traveling on Qatar Airways flights
- access to some VIP lounges when flying with Qatar Airways (regardless of class of service)
- two annual visits to the Qatar Airways Business Class lounge in Doha
- one free checked bag on all flights
- 15 kg excess baggage allowance for checked baggage
- Priority check-in and boarding on Qatar Airways flights
- priority on waiting and upgrade lists
- personalized badge
Qatar Airways Gold Elite
|Qualification criterion||300 Qpoints in 12 months|
|Criteria for maintaining the earned Elite Status||270 Qpoints in 12 months or 540 Qpoints in 24 months|
In addition to the benefits of Silver Elite status, you will have:
- guaranteed economy class seats even on full flights
- 75% bonus miles earned on flights
- 100% bonus miles per family member traveling on Qatar Airways flights
- preferential rate for reservations in miles (5% less)
- more availability for reservations in miles
- access to some VIP lounges when flying with Qatar Airways (regardless of class of service) with a guest
- four annual visits to the Qatar Airways Business Class lounge in Doha
- priority luggage delivery
- one extra piece of luggage or 20 kg excess for checked luggage
- priority to the Qatar Airways call center
- Al Maha Gold service for airport transfers in Doha for you and a guest
- 40 Qcredits (for upgrades, loungeaccess, etc.)
Qatar Airways Platinum Elite
|Qualification criterion||600 Qpoints in 12 months|
|Criteria for maintaining the earned Elite Status||540 Qpoints in 12 months or 1080 Qpoints in 24 months|
In addition to the benefits of Gold Elite status, you will have:
- 100% bonus miles earned on flights
- access to some VIP lounges when flying with Qatar Airways (regardless of class of service) with two guests
- five annual visits to the Qatar Airways Business Class lounge in Doha
- two additional pieces of luggage or 25 kg excess for checked luggage
- Al Maha Gold service for airport transfers in Doha for you and two guests
- no expiration of miles as long as the status is maintained
- 60 Qcredits (for upgrades, loungeaccess, etc.)
The family program
Up to 9 family members can be linked to a Qatar Airways Privilege Club account. These individuals must be a spouse, children over the age of 2 and your parents.
Each person will have their own membership card and the miles earned will be deposited into the same account. This makes it easier to manage the earning, and some privileges of an Elite status can be shared. Only the primary cardholder will be able to make reservations for award tickets with bundled points.
This means that if you join the program – and every member of your family – during a promotional period, you can combine your miles into one account!
How to earn Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles?
Earning miles with flights
Qatar Aiways announced in March 2022 that its currency is now Avios. The first way to earn Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles is by booking a cash flight with Qatar Airways or its partners.
On Qatar Airways flights, program members can earn between 50% and 300% of actual miles flown depending on the fare class of the ticket. For elite members, it is possible to earn bonus miles.
On Oneworld partner and member flights, mileage earning varies by airline. For example, with American Airlines, you can earn anywhere from 25% to 150% of your miles.
Earn miles with credit card point transfers
While it is easier to earn Aeroplan points in Canada, there are several different ways to collect British Airways Executive Club Avios miles through credit card transfer partners.
We hope it will be possible to combine British Airways Executive Club Avios with Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios (which is what View From The Wing has been told will happen).
|Loyalty program||Exchange ratio|
|American Express Membership Rewards||1 : 1|
|HSBC Rewards||2.5 : 1|
|RBC Rewards||1 : 1|
|Marriott Bonvoy||3 : 1 *|
When transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program, a bonus of 5,000 miles is awarded. So, in this situation, a 60,000-point Marriott Bonvoy redemption is equivalent to 25,000 miles.
Then, using an American Express Cobalt® Card daily, you can easily rack up 5X British Airways Executive Club Avios miles per dollar… and, therefore, potentially Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios miles per dollar!
American Express Membership Rewards points transfer easily to British Airways Executive Club Avios miles.
This is the easiest and fastest way to earn miles outside of credit card welcome bonuses.
Finally, on the HSBC Rewards and RBC Rewards side, occasional transfer bonuses are pretty attractive. You can earn up to a 40% bonus when you transfer with British Airways Executive Club Avios miles. And therefore, potentially, in Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios miles.
Other ways to earn miles
- 1 mile for every US$1 spent on Booking.com
- as a result of partner hotel stays
- Following car rental with Hertz, Budget, Avis, Europcar, etc.
- with Qatar AirwaysHolidays
- purchase of miles
How do I use Qatar Airways miles?
Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles will be put to best use when booking flights on Qatar Airways. Being a member of Oneworld, the miles can also be used on a large number of partners like American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Qantas etc.
In addition to Oneworld airlines, Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles can be used on :
- Bangkok Airways
- GOL Airlines
- MEA Middle East Airlines
- Oman Air
The Qcalculator tool makes it possible to get an overview of the cost required for a flight. Here is an estimate for a one-way flight from Montreal to Doha. We can see that it takes 70,000 miles for this segment in business class.
Book on Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways Privilege Club does not have a chart that summarizes the number of miles required to book Qatar Airways. You will have to use the Qcalculator.
The significant advantage of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program is that the mileage rate is fixed by destination (zone) and is not based on distance travelled as it is with British Airways Executive Club. Will this change? Maybe, but we hope not!
When we search for a flight, we can see that the number of miles required is 66,500 miles, as Gold Elite members get a 5% discount on award ticket prices.
Currently, on the Qatar Airways Privilege Club website, the currency used is always Qmiles. However, since Qmiles will be converted to Avios at a rate of 1:1, we should still be able to book this flight at the same price.
Here are some examples of the cost in miles for one-way flights on Qatar Airways from Montreal
Book on a partner airline
Unlike flights operated by Qatar Airways, when using the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program to book on partner airlines, pricing will be based on the distance flown.
According to the Qcalculator, the price for a one-way ticket between Montreal and London-Heathrow (3249 miles) on British Airways will be 35,000 miles in economy class.
While with British Airways Executive Club, it will cost from 13,000 Avios miles for the same flight (depending on the “off-peak” or regular price).
Use miles for an upgrade and for excess baggage
Miles can also be used to upgrade to business or first class or to pay for excess baggage. Again, the Qatar Airways Privilege Club Qcalculator provides an estimate of the number of points required.
Here, you can see the different prices according to the ticket’s fare class paid in money. For some economy classes, the cost for an upgrade can be more expensive than booking your flight directly in business class with miles!
"Easy Deals" and "Flexi Awards"
Qatar Airways Privilege Club “Easy Deals ” are the best use of your miles. These monthly promotions are for select destinations and dates and you can receive up to 50% off the normal miles required.
If you have fixed travel periods and cannot find availability on standard award tickets, you may want to look into Flexi Awards. In this case, the cost in miles will be higher, but it will be possible to book with miles if there is space on the flight.
Just a reminder, not all seats are eligible to be purchased with miles on Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club program specifics
Here are some nuances to know about the program:
- it is not possible to book an award flight for a baby in business and first-class
- routes with a “stop” and multi-destination routes are not permitted
- the route between Doha and London on the A380 cannot be booked with miles
- it is not possible to secure flight rewards
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles expire after 36 months of inactivity except for Platinum Elite status (can be reactivated for a fee)
Also, it is not possible to use the Qatar Airways Privilege Club search tool to find available tickets unless you have enough miles in your account.
So, we suggest you use another search tool (such as American Airlines AAdvantage or British Airways Executive Club) and check with Qatar Airways to see if that route can be booked with miles before you transfer.
Other uses of Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles
Finally, it is possible to redeem miles for merchandise at the Doha airport duty free store, hotel nights, car rentals, etc.
However, we always recommend using points for what they were designed for. Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles are airline points. Therefore, they should be used for airline tickets to get the best value.
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class lounge
This lounge is one of the most restrictive lounges around the world: only passengers holding first-class tickets from Doha can access it free of charge.
Indeed, even when traveling on the famous Qsuite, you will not have access to this lounge at no cost. However, it is possible to pay for an entrance if you are travelling on a Qatar Airways business class flight. The rate is 600 QAR (〜210 $) for a 6-hour block at Al Safwa lounge
However, there is a trick to getting around this fee! When purchasing a business class ticket to a Middle East destination through Doha, the regional flight segment will be in first class.
For example, you can book a business class flight from Montreal to Dubai on Qatar Airways Privilege Club for 75,000 miles and enjoy the Al Safwa lounge during your stopover! The flight between Doha and Dubai will be tagged first class.
The Qatar Airways Privilege Club program is expected to gain popularity in the coming months after adopting the Avios currency.
Hopefully, it will now be possible to combine British Airways Executive Club Avios and Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios. You can even transfer your American Express Membership Rewards, HSBC Rewards or RBC Rewards points directly to this program!