It is with some regret that we’re lumping Qatar Airways in with the likes of Thai and calling their award miles worthless. In other words, we’re assigning a semi-permanent value of $0.00 per Qatar Privilege Club mile. Like Thai, we actually do believe they’re worth something more than zero, but we can’t say with any degree of certainty how much. Also worth noting, is that this website is dedicated to casual points and miles travelers. So while a hardcore award traveler might be willing/able to jump through the numerous hoops to squeak out a redemption, we simply believe the casual one wont. Let us explain our decision.
One Cannot View Availability Without Sufficient Miles
This is obviously a huge hurdle to overcome, though not insurmountable. One is able to use Oneworld partners Asia Miles and British Airways to search for availability. Unfortunately, despite searching several dozen city pairs/dates/classes, we didn’t discover a single available seat. Also worth noting, is that even if one were to uncover award space on a Qatar operated flight, one would still have no idea what the associated booking fees were.
Phone Reservations Are No Help
While phone reservations are typically excluded from our searches, we thought it might be prudent to give this Skytraxx 5-star airline a little help. Sadly, calling their US service number, 1 (877) 777-2827, yielded no results. The agent was able to provide some award space information, but was unable to confirm/quote any fees. Furthermore, there were no options to place a seat on hold.
Transferable Points do not Transfer Instantly
Typically your very valuable ThankYou Points will take a couple days to move from Citi’s program to Qatar’s. So, let’s envision a scenario in which one was to find availability and wanted to “roll the dice” on fees. One would still be leaving oneself open to the possibility that by the time one’s points show up, the space will be gone. Of course, as point transfers are one-way, you’re not getting them back.
For all the above reasons, we’re simply saying “don’t bother” with Qatar Privilege Club. While they may be a 5-star airline, and may have the best business-class product in sky, their loyalty program is simply to cumbersome to bother with. If one is looking to fly with them, Oneworld partners, American Airlines, British Airways or Cathay Pacific provide much better booking options.