Have an upcoming trip to India? Why not travel in a premium cabin for free? In this post, we will explain how you can travel to India for free on Qatar Airways Business/First Class.
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- Qatar Airways operates from most of the US gateways in USA. Qatar Airways will be operating a non-stop service to Los Angeles starting Jan 01, 2016.
- You may have an option to do a stopover in Doha depending on the frequent flyer program you choose.
- Qatar Airways is a member of oneworld alliance, along with American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines etc..
How to travel on Qatar Airways using Miles?
There are multiple frequent flyer programs you can book an award tickets with Qatar Airways.
You can redeem AAdvantage miles for travel with Qatar Airways. You need
- 45,000 miles for a one way economy class ticket between USA & India
- 67,500 miles for a one way Business class ticket between USA & India
- 90,000 miles for a one way First class ticket between USA & India
You need to call 800-882-8880 to book the award ticket with Qatar Airways. AAdvantage will let you hold the award for 5 days as long as the travel date is not within 14 days.
How can you earn AAdvantage miles?
There are several ways to earn AAdvantage miles and you can accumulate steadily for a future award ticket.
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Master Card : You can earn 50,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 or more in 3 months. Annual fee $95 – Waived for the first year
Citigold Checking account: Earn up to 30,000 AAdvantage miles for opening a new Citigold checking account. There is also a referral program – $100 bonus for every successful Citi gold referral – $30/month (Waived for the first 2 months)
American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit card: You can earn 30,000 Starpoints (Limited time offer, expires on 09/14/2015) after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer Starpoints to AAdvantage at a 1:1 ratio and you also get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard : Earn 75,000 bonus AAdvantage miles (Limited Time offer) after spending $7,500 or more in 3 months. $450 Annual fee – Not waived for the first year.
Citi Business AAdvantage Platinum Select card: Earn 30,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 or more in 3 months. $95 Annual fee – Waived for the first year. Note that this is a business credit card and you should have an eligible business to be eligible for this card. (Buying and Selling items is also a business)
You can redeem BA Avios for travelling with Qatar Airways. If you are travelling with Infant, BA Avios may be the best choice when redeeming miles. BA Executive club only charges 10% of the mileage needed for an adult.
British Airways uses distance based award chart, so the number of miles needed from New York to India would be less than the miles needed from Los Angeles to India. (Qatar Airways is starting the Los Angeles service on Jan 01, 2016)
47,500 – 60,000 Avios + Taxes/fess for a one way economy award between USA and India
142,500 – 180,000 Avios + Taxes/fess for a one way business class award between USA and India
190,000 – 240,000 Avios + Taxes/fees for a one way first class award between USA and India.
If you choose to redeem British Airways Avios for an award ticket to India, you have the option of a free stopover in Doha, since British Airways calculates the Avios needed + fees for each segment.
Note that you can expect to pay around $250 – $400 in Fuel Surcharges depending on the route and class of travel.
How to earn British Airways Avios?
BA Avios can be earned in many ways.
You can earn 50,000 Avios after spending $2,000 or more within 3 months of account opening. This credit card is issed by chase.
You can transfer Amex Membership rewards to British Airways Executive Club at 1:1 ratio. You can earn Amex Membership rewards from Amex EveryDay Credit card , Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card, Amex Platinum , Amex Business gold rewards card, Business platinum
You can earn 30,000 Starpoints (Limited time offer) after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer Starpoints to British Airways Executive Club at a 1:1 ratio and you also get 5,000 bonus Avios for every 20,000 points transferred.
You can choose to redeem miles from Qatar Airways – Privilege Club for an award ticket with Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways adds fuel surcharges to its award tickets, but the award chart is reasonable for awards on its own flights. Partners awards can be expensive due to distance based award chart.
Miles needed for a one-way award from LAX to BLR on Qatar Airways
You can expect to pay a similar fuel surcharges that you would pay when redeeming British Airways Avios ($250 – $400)
How to earn Qatar Privilege Club Miles?
There are several opportunities to earn Privilege Miles.
You can earn 30,000 Starpoints (limited time offer) after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer Starpoints to Privilege Club at a 1:1 ratio and you also get 5,000 bonus Avios for every 20,000 points transferred.
Privilege Club is also a transfer partner with Citi ThankYou rewards. You can transfer Citi ThankYou points at 1:1 ratio to Qatar Privilege Club Miles. You can only transfer if you have Citi ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige card.
Citi ThankYou Premier: Earn 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. Annual fee $95 – Waived for the first year
Citi Prestige: Earn 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 or more with in 3 months. Annual fee $450 – Not waived for the first year
Citi ThankYou Preferred: Earn 20,000 ThankYou points after spending $1,500 or more with in 3 months. You can transfer points earned from this card only if you have a Citi ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige
1. Note that Starpoints can be transferred to all the 3 frequent flyer programs mentioned in this post. This explains the value of Starpoints.
2. AAdvantage does not add fuel surcharges, British Airways and Qatar Airways adds fuel surcharges to award tickets.
You can get an award seat on Qatar Airways through several frequent flyer programs. In this post, we have only explained about using American Airlines AAdvantage , British Airways Executive Club, and Qatar Privilige Club. You can also book with other oneworld partners Malaysian Airlines Enrich, Asia Miles etc..
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