Ending Soon: Qatar Airways 20% Transfer Bonus On Citi ThankYou Points, Other Banks

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Through November 2, 2021, Qatar Airways is offering a 20% transfer bonus on point transfers from dozens of banks. U.S. citizens can take advantage of this promotion by transferring Citi ThankYou Points to Qatar Qmiles.

Qatar Transfer Bonus Key Terms

Qatar Airways has 30 banks from which you can transfer points to Qatar Qmiles with a 20% transfer bonus now through November 2, 2021. However, almost all of these banks are in the Middle East. Citibank is the only relevant bank for U.S. readers.

Citi ThankYou points generally transfer to Qmiles at a 1:1 ratio. You'll get 20% bonus points credited to your Privilege Club account — but Qatar notes that it may take 30-60 days after completing the transfer for the bonus to be posted.

Etihad's is running a similar promotion, but the only relevant transfer partner for U.S. citizens is Marriott Bonvoy. Unfortunately, transferring Marriott Bonvoy points doesn't qualify for the Qatar Qmiles 20% transfer bonus. Only Qmiles transferred from a Qatar Airways bank partner are eligible for this promotion.

Overview of the Qatar Qmiles Program

Qmiles, the Qatar Airways rewards program, are a worthy investment — especially if you want to fly Qatar Qsuite. After devaluing Qmiles in 2018, Qatar Airways lowered its award rates by up to 49% at the end of 2020. The airline has also dropped its reward flights fee, and Qmiles will only expire after 36 months of inactivity.

Qatar Airways is part of the Oneworld Alliance, so your Qmiles can be used to book a flight on 17 partner airlines — including a couple of partners that aren't part of the alliance. Qatar Airways flies to over 150 destinations in nearly 100 countries, including several airports in the U.S. Thus, you likely have plenty of ways to use Qmiles.

Considering Qatar Airways took home the award for Best Airline of the Year in 2021, this bonus could be advantageous for anyone eager to see what the buzz is about.

Qatar Qmiles Sweet Spots

Using Qmiles for award flights is rather straightforward. You'll pay 35,000 Qmiles to fly in economy from any origin airport in the US to Doha, Qatar. From there, you will need to use another 7,500 to 25,000 Qmiles to your final destination — depending on the distance. If you prefer to fly business class, the amount of Qmiles you need is doubled. Qatar doesn't currently operate first class to the U.S., but first-class awards would cost triple the economy fare.

To get 70,000 Qmiles for a Qsuite award to Doha, you'll only need to transfer 59,000 Citi ThankYou points during the 20% transfer bonus.

Qmiles US to Doha

Flying Doha to the Maldives costs only 42,500 Qmiles from any airport in the US. — or 85,000 Qmiles for Qsuite. Factoring in the 20% transfer bonus, you'd only need to transfer 36,000 Citi points for economy or 71,000 Citi points for business class to book this award.

Ending Soon: Qatar Airways 20% Transfer Bonus On Citi ThankYou Points

Award fights from the U.S. to Bangkok, Thailand — a country that is finally opening back up to travelers — costs 47,500 Qmiles in economy or 95,000 Qmiles in Qsuite.

Ending Soon: Qatar Airways 20% Transfer Bonus On Citi ThankYou Points

The most expensive award we can find is to fly all the way from the U.S. to New Zealand for a total of 60,000 Qmiles in economy or 120,000 Qmiles in business class.

Qmiles ATL to AKL

Or, stick within the Middle East — such as a short trip beyond Doha to Dubai — for a total of 37,500 Qmiles in economy or 75,000 Qmiles in business class.

Qmiles MIA to DXB

Our Take

Building up your Qatar Airways Qmiles balance is certainly not a bad idea, especially if you're planning some long-haul flights to the Middle East or beyond. You can also use your Qmiles for any Oneworld Alliance partner, but the Qmiles partner award chart isn't nearly as good.

The 20% transfer bonus from Citi to Qatar Airways is a nice perk. However, make sure to factor in the potential delay in receiving the bonus miles. If it actually takes 30-60 days to post, it makes it hard to book anything near-term.

Remember that this Qatar Airways transfer bonus ends November 2. So, be sure to transfer by then if interested.

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