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Book Qatar Airways Qsuites with British Airways Avios at a great price

Earlier this year we learned that Qatar Airways would adopt Avios, the central currency of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. We didn’t know how exactly that would be incorporated, but we we re told that it would be in March. True to their word, you can now link your Qatar Airways and British Airways accounts via this link. This was a nice perk, but what is even better, is the new pricing for Qatar Airways QSuites tickets purchased via British Airways own site. For just 70k British Airways Avios you can fly from the US to Doha in Qatar Airways QSuites. That is downright incredible. Why?

British Airways is a transfer partner of the following programs:

Read our experience aboard QSuites here.

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British Airways Avios pricing for Qatar Airways QSuites

Let’s take a look at a couple of different itineraries…the first is just to Doha. I stayed at the St Regis Doha when I visited back in 2019. We were upgraded to an incredible suite for our stay.

If you were to travel from the USA to Doha = 70k British Airways Avios

I honeymooned in the Maldives and stayed at both the Six Senses Maldives and St Regis Maldives on points.

USA to Maldives on Qatar QSuites would cost 105k British Airways Avios…but only 85k if you book it via Qatar Airways

a screenshot of a ticketYou don’t even have to move points between accounts, you can book on Qatar’s website with points in your BA Avios account

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Other ways to book QSuites

Personally, I think this new British Airways booking price is super attractive purely because it’s so easy to populate British Airways Avios. In fact, throughout the year both Chase and Amex have repeatedly offered 40% and 50% transfer bonuses. I don’t think you could beat that if you tried.

Booking QSuites with American Airlines miles

Arguably booking on American Airlines is as good a deal, or even better depending on where you’re traveling as a final destination. For instance, from the US to the Maldives it’s just 70k points. The biggest caveat here is that AA miles are more difficult to accumulate since Bilt is the only transfer partner with 1:1 transferability.

a screenshot of a calendarBooking QSuites with Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

As you can see here, it’s 75k from Chicago to Doha on QSuites and Asia Miles are a Transfer partner of:

  • Bilt
  • Amex
  • Cap1
  • Citi

a screenshot of a flight scheduleBooking QSuites with Qatar Airways Avios

You can see that it’s the same price as BA is charging but Qatar Avios are harder to accumulate than BA Avios. I know this seems weird since you can just transfer from BA and Qatar Airways, but it’s just the way it is.

Transfer to Qatar Airways Avios via

  • Citi

a screenshot of a flight scheduleBooking Qatar Airways QSuites with Alaska Miles

Last but not least, Alaska miles are capable of booking the best business class in the world.

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Link your Qatar Airways and British Airways Accounts to move points between them

I haven’t dug through all of the various permutations of where one program has suite spots the other doesn’t, but linking your accounts means you could take Amex, Chase, Cap1 points, move them to BA, and then over to Qatar Airways Avios if they priced better. It takes a few minutes to complete and sets you up for success.

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This is a great new development and if you’re sitting on a grip of British Airways Avios ( or Flexible points that can be converted into BA Avios ), and you’re looking to fly the best business class in the world, this could be a great way to do it.

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


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The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

*you may find an elevated offer walking into a branch – see below

Annual Fee

$95

Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
    • Some people have seen Chase branches offering the following:
      • 75k Ultimate Rewards After $4k spend in 3 months + 10k Ultimate Rewards after $6k in 6 months 
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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