Qatar Airways offering 25% bonus for Citi points transfers

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From now till 30 November 2023, transfer Citi Miles and ThankYou Points to Qatar Avios with a 25% bonus.

Last week, Qatar Airways launched a 30% transfer bonus for conversions of Citi Miles or ThankYou Points to Qatar Privilege Club Avios. This offer was supposed to end on 10 November 2023, but has now been extended till 30 November 2023, albeit with a lower 25% bonus. 

Despite the lower bonus, there are still some excellent opportunities to fly in Business Class between Singapore and Europe for the equivalent of just 56,000-60,000 Citi Miles, or from Singapore to the USA for just 76,000 Citi Miles.

You could also transfer Avios at a 1:1 ratio to British Airways Executive Club and take advantage of some short-haul sweet spots to Kuala Lumpur (an opportunity to try the excellent Qatar Premium Lounge at Changi) or Perth.

Qatar Privilege Club 25% transfer bonus

Offer Details

From 11-30 November 2023, Qatar Privilege Club members will earn an uncapped 25% bonus when converting loyalty points from eligible partners.

The same 20 banks are participating worldwide, and once again the only eligible partner in Singapore is Citibank. Standard Chartered also offers transfers to Qatar Privilege Club, but it’s not on the featured list this time round.

🏦 Participating Banks
  • Ahlibank
  • Ahli United Bank
  • ahlibank Oman
  • Cathay United Bank
  • CBQ
  • Citibank
  • CTBC Bank
  • Doha Bank
  • Dukhan Bank
  • Emirates Islamic
  • HSBC Hong Kong
  • HSBC Sri Lanka
  • HSBC USA
  • Hyundai Card – AMEX
  • Kasikorn Bank
  • Kuwait Finance House
  • Mashreq
  • Ping An E-wallet
  • QIIB
  • QNB

No registration is required, but your points conversion must be completed by 30 November 2023 to be eligible for the bonus. There will be some lead time involved, so don’t leave it till the last minute. I’d say you should give at least five working days to be safe.

Here’s how many Avios you can expect when transferring Citi Miles or ThankYou Points.

10,000 Citi Miles10,000 Avios
12,500 Avios
25,000 TY Points10,000 Avios
12,500 Avios

Do note that the bonus will not be reflected on the Citi portal, since it’s fulfilled by Qatar Airways. You’ll still see the regular rates reflected when you login to make the transfers. 

Also, the 25% bonus component will not be credited immediately. Instead, you’ll need to wait 45 days after the campaign’s end date, i.e. by 14 January 2024. The delayed crediting means this promotion won’t be much good to those hoping to use the miles for a November or December getaway.

The terms and conditions for the transfer bonus can be found at the bottom of this page.

What can you redeem with Qatar Privilege Club?

Qatar Airways QSuites

I’ve made no secret of my distrust of Qatar Privilege Club. This is a programme that thinks nothing of unannounced devaluations (and to be fair, revaluations too), or quietly adding back junky award segment fees.

That said, I have to concede that the programme does have some sweet spots, and the absence of fuel surcharges when redeeming Qatar Airways flights via Qatar Privilege Club is also an attractive feature.

As a reminder, here’s how much it’d cost to fly from Singapore to the following destinations via Qatar Airways (Qatar Airways has no award chart; consult the QCalculator for quotes).

✈️ One-way Business Class Awards
DestinationQatar Privilege ClubKrisFlyer
Doha50,000N/A
Athens, Bucharest, Sofia, Thessaloniki70,000N/A
Barcelona, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich 75,000103,500
Houston, New York95,000111,500
*Assumes QPC Avios redeemed for Qatar Airways, KrisFlyer miles for Singapore Airlines. Not all destinations served by each carrier.

Award rates between Singapore and Europe are extremely competitive, with Qatar Privilege Club requiring just 70,000-75,000 Avios compared to KrisFlyer’s 103,500 miles (not to mention a wider network of destinations). With a 25% transfer bonus, you’d only need to use 56,000-60,000 Citi Miles to enjoy this redemption. 

It’s a bit more marginal for the USA, but keep in mind again that Qatar Airways serves additional destinations that Singapore Airlines does not, such as Boston, Chicago, Miami and Washington DC. With a 25% transfer bonus, you’d only need to use 76,000 Citi Miles to enjoy this redemption. 

Redeem Bangkok Airways awards via Qatar Privilege Club. 

Closer to home, Qatar Privilege Club also partners with Bangkok Airways, which allows you to redeem tickets on the Singapore to Koh Samui route for just 6,000 miles (or 4,800 Citi Miles under this promotion). Commercial tickets on this route are often expensive due to Bangkok Airway’s monopoly, so there’s potential for great value here.

But even if you have no interest in Qatar Privilege Club, you can spend these Avios via British Airways Executive Club instead. British Airways has some good value short-haul sweet spots as shown in the table below. 

From SIN toBusiness ClassEconomy Class
Kuala Lumpur12,5006,000
Colombo22,00011,000
Perth38,75013,000
Sydney (QF)62,00020,000

Remember, the prices above are before the 25% bonus; factor that in and the deal is even sweeter. 

Your Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club Avios will be automatically pooled, and can be spent via either programme without the need to transfer. 

Qatar Privilege Club caveats

While Qatar Privilege Club does not impose fuel surcharges on Qatar Airways flights, you will have to pay a non-refundable award segment fee as follows:

 EconomyBusiness & First
Fee per segmentUS$35US$70

Since all flights will invariably involve a layover in Doha, a round-trip award redemption from Singapore to Europe would have US$280 of these junk fees tacked on, which can’t be refunded should you cancel the booking!

All this to say: there’s value in Qatar Privilege Club, but you should confirm that there’s award space available on the dates and routes you want (Qatar’s website normally doesn’t let you search with a zero balance, but there is a workaround).

What’s more, you should ensure that it’s regular award space, and not the more expensive Flexi awards, which cost 2x the price. Flexi awards are labelled with “Q2” tags; for example, DOH-SIN prices out at 50,000 Avios normally, but 100,000 Avios for a Flexi award.

Finally, you should book awards as soon as Avios come into your account. Qatar Airways is one place I don’t feel confident holding miles!

When do Qatar Avios expire?

Qatar Premium Lounge Singapore

Qatar Privilege Club Avios do not expire, so long as you earn or redeem at least 1 Avios every 36 months. Should you fail to do this, you can revalidate your Avios within one year of the end of the 36-month period by paying a fee. 

Qatar Privilege Club Platinum members enjoy non-expiring Avios.

Qatar Airways reviews

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge review

In case you’re wondering what the Business Class experience on Qatar Airways is like, here’s a collection of reviews of their cabin products and lounges:

Conclusion

Shortly after ending a 30% transfer bonus, Qatar Airways is now offering a 25% transfer bonus for Citibank Singapore all the way till 30 November 2023. This has the potential to be good value, but only if you can find regular awards and not the dreaded “Q2” space. 

Because of Qatar Airway’s penchant for unannounced devaluations, I would certainly not be comfortable transferring miles speculatively. Only do so if you have a specific redemption in mind that you can book immediately after converting points. 

If you want to participate in this offer, remember to give yourself sufficient lead time, since transfers must be completed by 30 November 2023 to qualify. 

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

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James Tan

it is quite difficult to get 1x on business class redemptions. Only 2x available. Which would mean 150K one way to Europe instead of 75K.

Shaun

Same here. I have never been able to find 1x Business redemptions on any Qatar route to/from Europe. Always 2x, even if I search 355 days in advance.

Sean

“Your Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club Avios will be automatically pooled, and can be spent via either programme without the need to transfer.”
Not in my experience. Just last week I had to move Avios from QR to BA to redeem SIN-SYD. BA Exec Club site refused to accept I had any Avios, even though I had done the merge from the QR side…

Kai

Reauthenticated and already seeing my miles pool!

Ben

I’m curious Aaron, for previous Qatar redemptions which you did, was it via Avios or another program? Thanks!

TS77

Thanks for this, I will probably transfer to use just on BA via avios, local flights and BA’s reward flight saver in Europe is a great deal.

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