Qatar Airways offering up to 7,500 bonus Qmiles to new Privilege Club members

Sign up for a Qatar Privilege Club account and get 2,500 Qmiles instantly, plus 5,000 more when you fly by 30 June 2021.

Last month, Qatar Airways Privilege Club was offering 1,000 free Qmiles to all new members, just for signing up. Free miles are always a nice thing, but this was a relatively weak offer compared to some of the others they’ve previously run.

Thankfully, there’s now a much more attractive new member promotion that’s open to all. 

Get up to 7,500 bonus Qmiles with Qatar Privilege Club

Join Qatar Privilege Club

From now till 30 April 2021 (the landing page says 31 April 2021, but well), new Qatar Airways Privilege Club members who join with the promo code OAT3SMQ121 will receive 2,500 Qmiles instantly.

They can then earn a further 5,000 Qmiles and 50 Qpoints by crediting their first Qatar Airways flight flown by 30 June 2021. Realistically speaking, I don’t see westward travel out of Singapore opening up by then, so it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to unlock this bonus. 

While Qatar talks about being upgraded to Silver “in no time”, keep in mind you’ll still need to earn a further 100 Qpoints (i.e 150 Qpoints total) to reach this tier. For perspective, a round-trip Economy Class flight between Singapore and Doha will earn 20-50 Qpoints depending on ticket class, so you’ll have some grinding to do still. 

The following T&Cs apply:

  • This offer is only applicable to main members who join Privilege Club using the promo code OAT3SMQ121
  • Enrolment Period: 01 February 2021 – 31 April 2021
  • Travel Period: 01 February 2021 – 30 June 2021
  • Members who join with the applicable Promo Code will receive 2,500 bonus Qmiles at the time of enrolment.
  • Members who did not quote the Promo Code at the time of enrolment will not receive the bonus Qmiles.
  • First flight bonus of 5,000 Qmiles and 50 Qpoints will be credited to the membership account within 30 days of the first flight activity with Qatar Airways during the promotion period.
  • Members need to ensure to quote their Privilege Club number at the time of booking or check-in so the Qmiles and Qpoints can be credited after the first flight travelled.
  • In case of retro claims, 5,000 bonus Qmiles and 50 Qpoints will be awarded based if the member’s travel is within the offer period.
  • Offer is applicable only for flights operated and marketed by Qatar Airways.
  • Travel on Award tickets is not eligible for Bonus Qmiles and Qpoints.
  • Existing Privilege Club members are not entitled to participate in this offer and any duplicate accounts will be cancelled by Privilege Club.
  • Members need to earn 150 Qpoints to be upgraded to Silver tier

How long are my free miles valid for?

Qatar Airways Qmiles expire after three years of inactivity, so you won’t need to worry about this for a while. You can extend the validity of your entire balance by earning or redeeming at least one mile, and the following banks in Singapore offer points transfers to Qatar Privilege Club.

 Citi MilesThankYou Points
1:15:2
 SC Rewards (Visa Infinite)
3.5:1
(recently devalued)
For a full list of transfer partners by bank, refer to this post

New Qatar Privilege Club sweet spots

Qatar Airways QSuites

If there’s one frequent flyer program whose stock improved in 2020, it’s Qatar Airways Privilege Club. In November, the program reversed its 2018 devaluation, restoring award prices to their original lower levels. This, coupled with the absence of fuel surcharges on Qatar Airways redemptions, made awards between Singapore and Europe competitive once more (provided you don’t mind a stopover in Doha).

One-Way Prices for travelQmilesKrisFlyerAsia Miles
Doha50,000N/AN/A
Athens/ Bucharest/Kiev/ Sofia/ Thessaloniki70,000N/AN/A
Barcelona/ London/ Frankfurt/ Paris/ Zurich 75,00092,00065-85,000
*Assumes Qmiles redeemed for Qatar Airways, KrisFlyer for Singapore Airlines, Asia Miles for Cathay Pacific. Not all destinations served by each carrier.

These rates compare extremely favorably to redemption on KrisFlyer and Asia Miles, especially since the latter has brought back fuel surcharges on Cathay Pacific flights. 

I highly doubt that Europe will be on our radars for a while, but assuming these award rates remain unchanged (which isn’t a given for Qatar Privilege Club), it may be worth looking at when things get a bit more sane. Here’s hoping there’ll be a chance to visit Qatar’s phenomenal Premium Lounge in Changi again too. 

Review: Qatar Airways Premium Lounge Singapore

Conclusion

I believe that 2,500 free Qmiles is the largest offer we see for new Qatar Privilege Club members, and I’d take it if you don’t already have an account.

Let’s hope Qatar doesn’t spring any surprises with its frequent flyer program in 2021. 

(HT: OMAAT)

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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