Qatar Airways are currently selling Avios in their Privilege Club frequent flyer programme. There is a bonus of up to 50% on the purchases, which is dependent upon how many points you actually buy.
A 50% bonus is the best you will usually see when it comes to the Avios ecosystem. Those needing to add some points to their account would be advised to do so now, as it’s a decent enough deal.
Buying and Selling Avios
Prices for Avios have increased a little bit since I last wrote about their cost back in May. For example, 2,000 Avios has increased from €50 to €54, 15,000 from €292.50 to €330, 50,000 from €950 to €1,050, 100,000 from €1,900 to €2,100 and 200,000 from €3,800 to €4,200. Looks like inflation has impacted miles and points as well.
With the current offer, Qatar is selling Avios with a 20% bonus for amounts between 5,000 and 25,000. It then moves up to a 30% bonus for 26,000 to 40,000 Avios, with anything over 42,000 Avios getting the full 50% bonus. Note here that these are the amounts before the bonus is applied.
There is one caveat to this offer, in that it is not available in certain countries. Those people that are out of luck are people in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, India and Saudi Arabia. Why? You tell me. Either way, you have until 11 September 2023 to make your purchase if you so desire.
One other thing to remember is that Avios can be transferred around the ecosystem. This means you can transfer Privilege Club points to the British Airways Executive Club. From there, it is possible to move them on to Aer Lingus AerClub and Iberia Plus. Naturally you do need to have an account with each of these programmes for that to work.
Airlines like selling Avios, but why would you buy them? Surely it’s better just to earn them for “free” through flying or spending on the ground, right?
That was my prevailing thinking until I managed to make some savings on some flight bookings. For example, I purchased 84,000 Avios for €1,118 in a sale and used them for business class flights Dublin to Doha and back. Those same flights cost the same amount in economy, while business was €4,600. A definite win, provided there is redemption availability on the flights you want.
Will you be making an Avios purchase in this Qatar Airways sale? Have you bought points before and saved? If so, how much? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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