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Qatar Airways Privilege Club is out with a 30% transfer bonus from various partners, but the one relevant for US customers is Citi Thank You Rewards. Through June 30, 2023, you’ll get a 30% transfer bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Qatar Airways Privilege Club. Keep in mind that you can move Avios from Qatar to British Airways Executive Club and on to Iberia Plus or Aer Lingus, so this could be useful even if you don’t initially have interest in using Qatar’s program. Note that you won’t see this bonus advertised on the Citi side and the 30% bonus may take up to 45 days to post.
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering a 30% transfer bonus when you transfer points from select partners to Avios. The only qualifying major US program is Citi ThankYou Rewards.
- Direct link to this deal
- Valid June 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023
- 30% bonus is being offered by Qatar and may take up to 45 days to post (but I believe that in practice the bonus posts much more quickly)
- See promo page for full terms
This can be a great deal for the right sweet spots. For instance, Qatar Airways Privileges Club sometimes charges just 70K Avios each way between Doha and New York (plus around $150 in taxes). If you can find availability for that, this bonus turns that into around 54,000 Citi ThankYou points, which is a great deal for that flight.
But the thing that makes this more widely applicable is that there are many Avios sweet spots — and ever since Qatar joined the Avios ecosystem last year, members have been able to transfer Avios between Qatar Airways Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club and onward to Iberia Plus and Aer Lingus. There are quite a few sweet spots between those programs where the 30% bonus would be a fantastic deal. For instance, I have flown Iberia business class between New York and Madrid for 34,000 Avios and about $100-$150 one-way during off-peak dates (which are quite generous through Iberia). With this bonus, you’d need to transfer just 27,000 Citi ThankYou points to fly flat-bed business class to/from Europe.
The potential trouble here is that you would ideally want to find availability before transferring, but the 30% transfer bonus may not be instant (terms indicate that the bonus Avios could take up to 45 days to transfer).
There is one other element to the story: Qatar is intending to give a bonus 100,000 Avios to the 10 members who earn the greatest number of base Avios through this promotion (i.e. the number of points transferred before the 30% bonus). You’ll need to transfer at least 500,000 points to Avios to be eligible for the bonus and then you’ll have to be lucky enough to end up in the top 10. Personally, I don’t find that to be too much incentive since the chances of winning it are small and the number of points you would likely need to convert are so high that it would only make sense if you had a near-term use in mind.
Still, if you do find a use during the month of June, it might make sense to take a swing at this promotion.
H/T: One Mile at a Time