I won’t often post about news in the in the points and miles world (as other blogs have this subject covered well), but I think this is worth highlighting. Qatar Airways QSuites is one of those aspirational redemptions. This version of business class available on some planes allows you to fly with 2, 3, or 4 people in a “pod” of sorts with doors. The airline is also known for excellent food and service.
Until now, the best way for most of us to book a trip on QSuites was with American Airlines Advantage Miles. American does not add fuel surcharges and has competitive award pricing (For example – 70,000 miles each way to Asia and 75,000 miles each way to Africa). Unfortunately, Advantage Miles are not that easy to earn for those of us living in a non-AA hub like Atlanta. For a short time last year, you could transfer Citi Thank You points to American Airlines and I definitely took advantage of that.
Now, however, Qatar Airways own frequent flyer program will be adopting Avios, the currency of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and a few other European airlines. While we don’t know exactly how their awards will be priced in Avios, another easier way to book Qatar Airways will likely be a net positive. One Mile at a Time sums it up nicely: Wow: Qatar Airways Adopts Avios As Points Currency
Right now, you can join Qatar Airways Privilege Club program and earn bonus miles just for joining. These will become Avios soon, so you might as well join Qatar Airways Privilege Club. Why are Avios a better currency? Many transferable credit card points (Amex, Chase, Citi, Capital One, etc.) can be transferred to British Airways or other Avios programs and then you can transfer Avios between the airlines, soon to include Qatar Airways.
This is a potentially great improvement to an already good program and may also improve your chances to fly in QSuites. We have a trip planned (for the 4th attempt) in January in QSuites and I can’t wait.