Updated: Jul 16, 2020
If you live in Qatar, you'll know that flight prices with Qatar Airways are more expensive to fly from Doha than if you were able to book from any other part of the world and just transit through Doha. With that being said, the cost of booking flights from Doha with Qmiles remains at the lower 'global' level meaning there is exceptional value to be found. In fact, in a lot of cases, your Qmiles can be worth as much as QAR0.35 each when redeeming them for flights.
As a general airline rule, you're better off using your miles to upgrade rather than redeem them for a flight, but this is not the case with Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways offers very good redemption rates to book entire flights through Qmile redemptions and even better value to book in Business or First.
The 5 Best Ways to Redeem Qmiles on Qatar Airways
Doha to the USA Business Class
(Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami)
101,500-108,500 Qmiles one way
Although you're only getting roughly QAR0.20 value per Qmile here, it's still great value when you consider that Los Angeles to Doha is a 16 hour flight and you get to experience the Qsuite the entire way. By contrast, to fly Doha to the USA in economy would be 50,750-54,250 Qmiles for a one-way redemption meaning Business Class is only double the price, rather than the usual x3.5.
Doha to Europe First Class
87,000 Qmiles one way or 174,000 return
Only 3 cities are serviced by Qatar Airways' A380 in Europe and 2 of them can be redeemed for 87,000 Qmiles for a one way sector in Qatar Airways First Class. Not only do you get to experience one of the best First Class products on the market, you can also enjoy the Al Safwa First Lounge if you're departing from Doha. Note that Qatar doesn't allow for Qmile redemption on First Class flights to London.
Doha to Australia Business Class
(Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth)
101,500 Qmiles one way
Representing nearly QAR0.35 value per Qmile, a one way trip from Australia to Doha or vice versa, there is exceptional value to be found in flights to and from Australia. Not only do you receive great value but you you also get to fly in luxury on some of Qatar Airways' longest routes.
Doha to Oman Business or First Class
14,000 Qmiles one way to Salalah Business Class
21,000 Qmiles one way to Muscat First Class
Oman from Qatar can often be quite expensive if you're paying cash for your flights. Although many people wouldn't use Qmiles on such short legs (1h30m to Muscat, 2h30m to Salalah) these are great options if you need to use your points before they expire. The good thing about the Muscat option is that Qatar operates their First Class planes on this leg meaning you'll get to enjoy the Al Safwa First Lounge at Doha Hamad International and 2h30m in long enough for you to get your holiday off to a great start if you're heading to the resort town of Salalah.
If you don't live in Doha or you've already booked your flights, then upgrades are a great option for Qmile redemptions. Below are some examples of some great destinations you can upgrade from Economy (one way Fare Class O,T,N,Q or S) to Business Class:
73,500 Doha-New York
84,000 Doha-Los Angeles
*Upgrading Doha-Muscat is actually Economy to First Class because no Business Class seats are offered on this route
Redeem Qmiles on Oneworld Airlines
Qatar Airways actually makes it quite easy to calculate how many Qmiles are required to redeem a flight on a partner airline. All Oneworld airlines are calculated at the same rate and redemption amounts vary based on distance:
The Oneworld alliance has some fairly decent airlines and most of them have excellent Business Class products. Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines have standout Business Class service and these are some of the best redemptions you can take:
70,000 Qmiles New York-London one way Business Class with British Airways or American Airlines
100,000 Qmiles Tokyo-Honolulu one way with Japan Airlines Business Class
100,000 Qmiles Sydney-Singapore one way with Qantas Business Class
120,000 Qmiles Hong Kong-Paris one way with Cathay Pacific Business Class
If you're lucky enough to have reached Gold or Platinum status with Privilege Club, congratulations, you'll now find yourself with either 40 or 60 Qcredits in your account. These can be used for Upgrades from Economy to Business Class or First Class or to pay for excess baggage. Using them for excess baggage is really a waste and unlikely to be needed if you already have additional baggage allowance from your Gold or Platinum tier.
So here are the top redemptions for Qcredits to help use them all without leaving any spare ones in your account (all scenarios are to Upgrade from Economy to Business Class):
8 Qcredits one way Doha to Kuwait or Salalah
39 Qcredits one way Doha to Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Boston, Tokyo or Seoul
56 QCredits return Doha to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Dublin, Barcelona, Rome or Budapest
There are many more destinations that you can fly to but most of them cost either 22 or 33 Qcredits for a one way upgrade which will leave you with an awkward amount of Qcredits remaining.
Finally, this is be best option if you'd like to redeem them a luxurious First Class experience:
56 QCredits one way Economy to First Class Doha to London or Paris