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Fantastic news for Alaska Airlines frequent flyers! You can now redeem your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for travel on Qatar Airways. Mileage Plan members now have access to many new destinations as a result. Here's how many miles you'll need and what you'll need to do to book award travel on Qatar Airways.
Alaska Airlines, Qatar Airways, and the Oneworld Alliance
Alaska Airlines officially joined the Oneworld alliance on March 31, 2021. As a result, Alaska Airlines added several new airlines to its lists of partners. One of these airlines is Qatar Airways. While Mileage Plan members could start earning miles on Qatar flights, Mileage Plan members were unable to redeem miles for travel on Qatar Airways until just recently.
Now, Mileage Plan members can finally redeem miles for travel on Qatar Airways. There are still quite a few Oneworld partners that have yet to be added to Alaska Air's list of partners on which you can redeem miles.
Mileage Plan members can earn miles on all Oneworld alliance partners. However, members can't redeem miles for travel on the following partners quite yet:
- Malaysia Airlines
- Royal Air Maroc
- Sri Lankan Airlines
How to Redeem Alaska Mileage Plan Miles for Travel on Qatar Airways
Ready to redeem your Alaska Airlines miles for travel on Qatar Airways? Booking award travel on Qatar Airways using your Mileage Plan miles is a very straightforward process. To book a Qatar Airways award flight, all travelers need to do is log into their Mileage Plan account and use Alaska's booking engine to find award availability.
Both economy class and business class awards can be booked using Mileage Plan miles. Economy class award availability is widespread over the next few months, but business class awards are a bit more spotty. Below are screenshots from Alaska Airlines' website showing award availability from New York City to Doha next month:
New York to Doha Economy Class Availability October 2021
New York to Doha Business Class Availability October 2021
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Award Chart for Qatar Airways
As is the case with all of Alaska Airlines' partners, the number of miles you'll need for travel on Qatar Airways varies depending on the origin and destination regions. However, there's a new wrinkle for Qatar awards. Alaska offers awards at different rates depending on demand.
Qatar Airways economy awards start at 17,500 miles one-way on Qatar Airways' intra-Middle East flights and flights between the Middle East and India. On these same flights, business class awards start at 40,000 miles one-way with first-class awards starting at 60,000 miles one-way.
For travel originating from the United States (including Alaska and Canada), economy class awards operated by Qatar Airways start at 42,500 miles one-way for flights to the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. On these routes, business class awards operated by Qatar Airways start at 85,000 miles. Qatar doesn't currently operate first class to the U.S., but first-class awards would start at 150,000 miles one-way if it did.
Below is the full award chart for travel on Qatar Airways from the United States and Canada:
|US & Canada||Africa||50,000||120,000||200,000|
|US & Canada||Asia||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available|
|US & Canada||Australia||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available|
|US & Canada||India||42,500||85,000||150,000|
|US & Canada||Middle East||42,500||85,000||150,000|
|US & Canada||South Pacific||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available|
As with other international partners, Mileage Plan members can book a stopover in Doha at no additional cost.
How To Earn Mileage Plan Miles
There are several ways to earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles. The first and most obvious way to earn miles is to fly on eligible Alaska Airlines and partner flights. However, you don't actually have to fly to earn Mileage Plan miles. Here are two other ways to earn Alaska Airlines miles.
Alaska Airlines Visa® Credit Card
The Alaska Airlines Visa® Credit Card is a solid travel rewards credit card. With the Mileage Plan program boasting dozens of airline partners — including American Airlines, British Airways, Icelandair, Singapore Airlines, and now Qatar Airways — the miles you'll earn when you use your Alaska Visa Card can go a long way.
The Alaska Airlines credit card comes with a low annual fee of $75. However, you'll easily earn that back after just a single trip. The Alaska Visa Card offers cardholders benefits including free checked bags and day-of-travel discounts.
Related: Do Alaska Airlines Miles Expire?
Buy Alaska Airlines Miles
You can also buy Alaska Airlines miles. Alaska Airlines miles can be purchased in increments of 1,000 miles with 3,000 miles being the minimum number of miles that can be purchased each transaction. Purchases typically cost 2.75 cents per mile, but Alaska often runs buy miles promotions to drop the purchase rate as low as 1.85 cents per mile.
You can purchase up to 100,000 miles in a single transaction. Mileage Plan members without elite status are capped at 150,000 purchase miles per a calendar year. But there's no cap to how many miles elite members can purchase.
The Bottom Line
The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program continues to become more valuable to travelers. Alaska Airlines joining the Oneworld alliance is already proving to be a benefit for Mileage Plan members. Now, Mileage Plan members can redeem their miles for travel on Qatar Airways. This includes travel in Qatar Airways Qsuite. Additionally, the added option to redeem miles for travel on Qatar Airways means there are a number of new destinations across the globe that are now accessible through the Mileage Plan program.
Do you have plans to redeem your Mileage Plan miles for award travel on Qatar Airways?
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