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New Qatar Airways credit cards from Cardless offer up One World Sapphire status

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Cardless has debuted two co-branded cards from Qatar Airways. If you weren’t aware, Qatar Airways is a member of One World ( American, Japan Airlines, British Airways, Alaska, Cathay, Qantas, etc ) and their loyalty program is now a part Avios.

Last year, as a part of the Avios process, you could link your British Airways and Qatar Airways Loyalty accounts and the point balance in either would populate both accounts, and since you can merge BA with Iberia and Aer Lingus, the Avios group is a partner of all transferrable currencies in one way, shape, or form.

It’s also interesting that Qatar Airways chose Cardless instead of Chase which has BA/Aer Lingus/Iberia cobranded cards, and Cardless has debuted two versions of the Qatar Airways credit card.

Let’s take a look!

Qatar Airways Signature and Infinite cards from Cardless

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One thing that you could do is earn your way to status, but otherwise, the earn rates aren’t anything to write home about.
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Welcome Offers:

Both cards offer a high enough bonus to offset the first year fee although neither are that mindblowing.

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First Year on Infinite = One World Sapphire

Personally, I see quite a bit of value in the premium version, and little value in the lower annual fee version. Why? The premium, Visa Infinite, for the first year, comes with Qatar Airways Gold Status = One World Sapphire.

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Why is One World Sapphire a big deal?

It means you’d be able to use business class lounges when traveling in economy everywhere except Qatar. So, if you’re flying on an economy ticket in the USA, and you show your One World Sapphire status at an American Airlines Admirals Club, you’d gain entry. This is very valuable if you travel a lot and could make use of the lounge access within the One World Network. Is it enough to entice me to get the card….I’m not sure. I just recently status matched to British Airways via Virgin Atlantic, I’ll see how that turns out, but I may have access that way.

a sliding door in a buildingWould I get a Qatar Airways credit card from Cardless? Possibly the $499 Infinite one.

The fact that you could pick up 50k Avios + lounge access for a full cardmember year is worth $499 easy. Is it worth a slot in your wallet long term? To me, it probably isn’t if I get matched to BA, but if that status expires and this offer stands, I may just add it to my wallet and enjoy some lounge access when I fly econ in the USA.

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Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

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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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