Qatar National Day Offer for up to 40% Off & Double Qmiles

Qatar Airways has a special offer for flights from Qatar that are on sale today (December 18) only. You can get up to 40% discount on economy, business and first class fares for travel between December 25 and March 31, 2013. You will also receive double Qmiles for travel booked under this offer that you can access here.

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Usually, the fares offered by the hub carrier from their base are highest compared to competition. This up to 40% discount may bring them in line with competition.

Conclusion

If you have travel originating from Doha during the travel period, it probably pays to check to see if there are any savings to be had.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Sales period: 18th December 2012

  • Travel period: 25th December 2012 – 31st March 2013. Travel must commence by 31st March 2013

  • Valid on Qatar Airways operated flights. Not valid on partners and codeshare flights

  • Minimum stay: 2 days

  • Maximum stay: 3 months

  • Discount applies to instant purchases only

  • Discount applies to Economy, Business and First Class return tickets

  • Seats are limited and are subject to availability of the relevant booking class

  • Fares include all applicable discounts, fees, taxes and airport charges. Service fees may apply for tickets purchased at Qatar Airways sales offices or through travel agents

  • Tickets are non-endorsable, non-refundable and non-transferable. Changes are permitted with a fee of QAR 400 plus the fare difference (if any) for First and Business Class tickets and QAR 200 plus the fare difference (if any) for Economy class tickets. All original fare rules apply to any changed ticket

  • In case of no-show, ticket has no value for use on any other service, and it is non-refundable, non-changeable and non-bookable

  • Standard child/infant discount apply

  • Other terms & conditions apply. Please review at the time of booking

Bonus Qmiles Offer

  • This offer is valid for all Privilege Club members residing in Qatar including family members

  • Members will earn Double Qmiles when travelling with Qatar Airways on any of the promotional routes booked online as part of the Qatar National Day offer

  • Bonus Qmiles are calculated over the actual miles flown

  • To be eligible for Bonus Qmiles, members must quote their Privilege Club number at the time of booking or check-in so that Qmiles can be automatically credited. In case of retro claims requested after the promotion period, no Bonus Qmiles will be awarded

  • Members may use this offer more than once during the offer period

  • Bonus Qmiles will be credited within 45 days from the date of travel for all members

Qatar Airways January Easy Deals Are Out – Awards Up To 50% Off

Qatar Airways just launched their January 2013 easy deals. Every month Qatar Airways will have number of destinations at up to 50% off of the usual number of miles required both in economy and business class. You need to pay the usual taxes/fees and fuel surcharges. You can access the Qatar’s page for this offer here.

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You need to register for this promotion at least 24 hours prior making the award booking. The booking window is open from December 13 to January 31 for travel from January 1 to January 31, 2013.

Here’s the list of destinations:

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Quite often the fuel surcharges spoil these sale deals. The YQ’s (fuel surcharges) are somewhat reasonable on Qatar Airways, however. Here is an example from Luxor to Doha oneway. The taxes and fees are 804 EGP that is $130.22.

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Conclusion

These Easy Deals are very good for passengers either originating or terminating in Doha.  Qatar charges for point to point so you can save something on award trips that incorporate some of these flights on sale.

Remember that you need to register for this award promo at least 24 hours before making the booking.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Only applicable on Qatar Airways operated flights on the above select routes

  • All types of Award seats (including Easy Deals) are limited and subject to availability

  • Easy Deals Award levels are applicable only for award tickets redeemed online at qmiles.com.

  • Booking Period: 13th December – 31st January 2013 by midnight Doha time (GMT +3). Travel Period: 1st – 31st January 2013.

  • To avail Easy Deals, members need to register at least 24 hours prior to booking your award ticket

  • Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

  • Redemptions are valid for anyone the member chooses. Each redemption may include up to 9 passengers on the same transaction.

  • Qmiles plus Cash option and award upgrades are excluded from Easy Deals Awards.

  • Date changes not within the offer period or route changes not part of sectors on offer will be subject to the corresponding fees and additional Qmiles will be charged.

  • If some sectors of your trip are not within the offer period or part of the promotional sectors, those sectors will be charged at regular Qmiles.

  • Regular award tickets Terms and Conditions apply.

Double Etihad, Jet or Qatar Miles at 20 Hyatt Properties in South West Asia

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Hyatt is offering double miles for Etihad, Jet or Qatar frequent flier members between December 1 and February 28, 2013, at 20 Hyatt properties in Southwest Asia. You need to use offer code SWADBL when making the booking.

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The participating properties for this offer are:

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas, Hyatt Regency Chennai, Park Hyatt Chennai, Hyatt Regency Delhi, Grand Hyatt Doha, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Park Hyatt Dubai, Grand Hyatt Goa, Park Hyatt Goa, Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina, Club and Spa, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Hyatt Regency Kolkata, Park Hyatt Maldives, Hyatt Regency Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Muscat and Hyatt Regency Pune.

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The Qatar’s web page refers to a 1000 bonus Qmiles that I believe is incorrect. This offer is for double miles that would be total of 1000 Qmiles per stay. The bonus amount is 500 Qmiles per stay and not 1000. If you are planning to collect Qmiles, make sure that you take a screenshot of the Qatar’s web page.

Conclusion

This offer may make sense if you have a one night inexpensive stay at any of the participating properties. Otherwise, I would just collection Hyatt Gold Passport points.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Double miles offer valid December 1, 2012-February 28, 2013 with Etihad Airways, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways at participating Hyatt hotels worldwide. All hotel reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Guest must request offer code SWADBL at time of reservation and check-in to receive bonus miles. Guest must choose miles for their stay. Guest must present a valid airline membership card at check-in and pay an eligible rate. An “Eligible Rate” is any hotel published room rate, including, but not limited to rates found on hyatt.com or any Hyatt Gold Passport, the Hyatt Daily Rate, Volume Rate, AAA and Senior Citizen rates, etc. “Ineligible Rates” are discounted rates, including, but not limited to, any free night stays, Internet wholesale rates (such as priceline.com, hotels.com, etc.), traditional wholesale rates (such as GOGO Worldwide Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, etc.), airline crew rates, airline employee rates, travel agency employee rates, Club at the Hyatt discount certificate stays, Hyatt Vacation Club stays, Hyatt employee or employee family discount rates, airline interrupted-trip vouchers or contracted rooms (a contract room is a room that has been reserved pursuant to a written and executed agreement between a hotel and a corporation, government agency or individual for a negotiated room rate in exchange for an agreed upon number of rooms to be rented for an extended period of time). One bonus per member, per room, per stay. Eligibility for miles is subject to the terms and conditions of participating airlines programme. Allow 6-8 weeks after your stay for your bonus miles to be posted to your airline account. This promotion is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Hyatt Gold Passport program. One bonus per member, per room, per stay. Offer is subject to terms and conditions of the Etihad Guest Miles program.

Qatar Airways December Easy Deals – Awards Up To 50% Off

Qatar Airways just launched December easy deals. Every month Qatar Airways will have number of destinations at up to 50% off of the usual number of miles required both in economy and business class. You need to pay the usual taxes/fees and fuel surcharges.

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You need to register for this promotion at least 24 hours prior making the award booking. The booking window is open from November 15 to December 31 for travel from December 1 to December 31, 2012.

Here’s the list of destinations:

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Quite often the fuel surcharges spoil these sale deals. The YQ’s (fuel surcharges) are somewhat reasonable on Qatar Airways, however. Here is an example from Doha to Stockholm and back on business.  The YQ is 1200 QAR ($330).

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Conclusion

These Easy Deals are very good for passengers either originating or terminating in Doha.  Qatar charges for point to point so you can save something on award trips that incorporate some of these flights on sale.

Here are the terms and conditions of this Qatar offer:

  • Only applicable on Qatar Airways operated flights on select routes.
  • All types of Award seats (including Easy Deals) are limited and subject to availability
  • Easy Deals Award levels are applicable only for award tickets redeemed online at qmiles.com.
  • Members need to register for the offer at least  24 hours prior to booking an award ticket.
  • Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Redemptions are valid for anyone the member chooses. Each redemption may include up to 9 passengers on the same transaction.
  • Qmiles plus Cash option and award upgrades are excluded from Easy Deals Awards.
  • Date changes not within the offer period or route changes not part of sectors on offer will be subject to the corresponding fees and additional Qmiles will be charged.
  • If some sectors of your trip are not within the offer period or part of the promotional sectors, those sectors will be charged at regular Qmiles.
  • Regular award tickets Terms and Conditions apply.

Le Club Accorhotels Offer of 30% Discount in Middle East & Asia + Breakfast & 1000 Bonus Points in Middle East

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Le Club Accorhotels has a new offer for Qatar Airways frequent fliers (officially – but this offer is really open for all). You can get 30% discount on participating properties in Middle East & Asia for stays between December 10 and January 16, 2013. You can access this offer page here.

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Hotels in the Middle East have breakfast and 1000 bonus Le Club Accorhotels points included in the rate.

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The offer is available in the following countries.

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Here’s a rate example from Ibis hotel in Amman where the rate includes both the breakfast and the 1000 bonus points. The sale rate under this offer is not the lowest. You have to calculate if it makes sense to pay higher base rate for the extra points and the breakfast.

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Conclusion

You should consider this rate only if your plans are firm. Note that the breakfast and the bonus points are only included in the hotels within the Middle East. The discounted rate should be available in other locations as well.

Update on Qatar’s Double Elite Qualifying Qpoints Offer

Yesterday, I wrote about Qatar’s double Qpoints offer for month of December. The offer that Qatar Airways had on 2011 was open to all Privilege Club members.

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This year, however, only the recipients of the email offer are eligible for the double elite qualifying miles on December. You can access the Qatar’s web page of this announcement here.

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Conclusion

You should check if you have received the invitation. If not, it is unlikely that you would have been targeted to this offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

The double Qpoints offer is valid only for Privilege Club Main Members who receive this communication and not for Family Members. To be eligible for the double Qpoints, travel dates must be from 1st December till 31st December 2012. Privilege Club Members may avail of this offer more than once during the offer period. The total Qpoints earned will be double the Qpoints shown in the list. Please ensure to quote your Privilege Club membership number at the time of booking or check-in. Please note, as per Privilege Club Terms and Conditions, Qpoints can’t be earned on codeshare flights, award tickets and Qmiles plus cash tickets.

Qatar Airways Double Qpoints in December

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Qatar Airways is offering double qpoints from December 1 to December 31, 2012. They had similar offer in 2011 as well that had ten days longer qualification period.

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Unfortunately there is nothing up on the Qatar’s website about this offer yet. The offer was not targeted in 2011 and was open to all.

Conclusion

This is a good way to keep your Qatar Airways Privilege Club status that will become more valuable next year when the airline joins the Oneworld alliance. There isn’t too much time to take advantage of this offer, however. I will post more about it after I have received more information.

Qatar Airways Global Sale November 7 to 9

Qatar just announced their latest global sale for economy and business class tickets. The offers are valid for purchase from November 7 to November 9 and for travel until 31st of May 2013. You can access this sale here.

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The offer is valid for travel between November 12 and May 31, 2013. Note that there are some blackout dates and this offer is not valid at all markets.

Conclusion

Qatar tends to have a similar sale very few months. They previous one was on September.

If you were contemplating of buying a ticket on Qatar, it makes a sense to check the prices during this promotion. I have bought several tickets during these sales and contemplating of buying one or two using this offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this sale promotion:

  • Sales period: 7th – 9th November 2012
  • Travel period: 12th November 2012 – 31st May 2013. All travel must be completed by 31st May 2013.
  • Blackout dates (travel not allowed):
    • 14th – 23rd December 2012 and 2nd – 14th January 2013
  • Valid on Qatar Airways operated flights, with the following exceptions
    • All itineraries originating from Indonesia, Iran, Libya, and South Africa
    • Flights to and from Amritsar, Budapest, Geneva, Goa, Kozhikode, Manila, Montreal, and Zagreb
    • Flights between Denpasar/Bali and Singapore, Hanoi and Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires
    • All itineraries to Doha as a final destination (excluding transit in Doha), except itineraries originating from Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Itineraries requiring a transit in Doha are allowed.
  • Minimum stay: 3 days
  • Maximum stay: 1 month
  • Discount applies to instant purchases only
  • Discount applies to Economy and Business Class return tickets. For flights where Business Class is not operated, First Class is applicable
  • Seats are limited and are subject to availability of the relevant booking class
  • Sale applies to W, V, Z and A class fares
  • Fares include all applicable discounts, fees, taxes and airport charges. Service fees may apply for tickets purchased at Qatar Airways sales offices or through travel agents
  • Except for itineraries originating from Brazil or Korea, tickets are non-endorsable, non-refundable and non-transferable. Changes are permitted at USD 250 except for itineraries between Doha and Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen where changes are permitted at USD 100.
  • For itineraries originating from Brazil or Korea, tickets are non-endorsable and non-transferable. Cancellations before departures are refundable for a fee of USD 300 (Brazil) or KRW 200,000 (Korea). Cancellations after departure are non-refundable.
  • In case of no-show, ticket has no value for use on any other service, and it is non-refundable, non-changeable and non-bookable
  • Stopover is not permitted
  • Standard child/infant discount apply
  • Upgrades to higher class/cabin using frequent flyer miles are not permitted.
  • Please note that on selected dates and destinations, lower market–specific promotion fares may be available. All available options, together with the applicable terms & conditions for each fare will be displayed at time of booking for you to make your selection.
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.
  • Other terms & conditions apply. Please review at the time of booking

Bloomberg Article: Lufthansa’s Hostility Led Qatar to Join Oneworld

There is an interesting piece on Bloomberg today about Qatar Airways and onewold/Star Alliance. According to the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, the airline had been contemplating joining the Star Alliance hadn’t Lufthansa been so hostile towards growing Gulf carriers.

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You should read the entire piece. It is very interesting.

Conclusion

Emirates, Etihad and Qatar have all grown very fast in the past decade. Qatar was the first of three joining an alliance and chose oneworld. Emirates has always been against joining an alliance. Etihad has formed close relationship with Air France-KLM.

I think that it would be a loss for Star Alliance if they are not able to lure one of the remaining two to join.

Qatar Airways Joins Oneworld in 2013/2014

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There has been lot of noise in the past two weeks about the press conference that was going to take place in New York today. The CEO of Qatar Airways denied that the airline would have been joining the alliance last week contradictory what was published on Financial Times.

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The airline is indeed joining the Oneworld alliance and completion of becoming a member is expected to take from 12 to 18 months. So, we are looking late 2013 or early 2014 as likely official joining date for Qatar. You can access the official Oneworld press release here.

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Currently the oneworld alliance consists of eleven member airlines; airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.

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Malaysian Airlines and SriLankan Airlines are currently in the process of joining the alliance. Oneworld alliance member Malev went bankrupt earlier this year and the joining of Kingfisher Airlines was cancelled due to its financial difficulties.

Qatar is the first of the big three of the Middle Eastern carriers to join an alliance. Emirates has always said that they are not interested in joining and they just formed a partnership with oneworld member airline Qantas. Etihad announced earlier today the deep codesharing agreement that they are going forward with Air France-KLM.

It is interesting that Qatar chose Oneworld. It has had more frequent flier ties with Star Alliance carriers like United, US Airways, and BMI than with oneworld ones (none).

Qatar Airways route network

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The airline already serves 120 destinations worldwide. The latest one was reintroduction of flights to Yangon, the capitol of Myanmar, last week.

Americas

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The airline flies to New York, Washington DC, Chicago (in 2013), Houston, Montreal and to Sao Paulo with a continuing service to Buenos Aires.

Europe, North Africa & Middle East

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The airline serves more than 30 destinations on continental Europe. The airline has an extensive network in Northern Africa and in the Middle East.

Africa

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The airline serves nine destinations in Central and Southern Africa + Seychelles.

Indian Subcontinent & Asia

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The airline servers number of destinations in India and Asia.

Australia

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The airline currently serves both Perth and Melbourne

Conclusion

This is interesting movie from Qatar’s part. We’ll see if Star Alliance is able to lure either Emirates or Etihad. For the most part, I have liked the service that I have received on Qatar flights. I am not huge fan of the transfer experience in Doha, but it should get better in 2013 when the new airport is ready.

Marriott Travel Packages

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Marriott Travel Packages are the best way to use Marriott Rewards points IF you need some airlines miles as well. These packages consists of 7 nights stay at a chosen category or tier (Ritz-Carlton & Marriott Vacation Club) hotel and set number of miles at various airline programs. You will also get a 25% coupon for Hertz rental that I have never been able to use as rates that are not discount eligible have always been a better deal.

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The reason why these are such a good deal is that you will get a nice chunk of airline miles in the process. You can collect airline miles on your Marriott stays but it is far better just continue crediting towards Marriott points and take advantage of MegaBonuses. Then, when you have enough points in your account to redeem for a Marriott Travel Package, you just issue one.

Marriott Travel Packages Levels
Marriott Travel Packages Levels

You can essentially “transfer” Marriott Rewards points at 1 to 1 level for airlines like United, US Airways, and British Airways.

Here’s an example of redeeming for cat 1 to 5 travel package + 120K airline miles

If we assume that you would use the 7 nights at category 5 property, it would cost you 25K per night but you would get the 4th night free. The number of points required would be 150K.

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The travel package at category 1 to 5 costs you 270K Marriott Rewards points. If we deduct the point value of the room part (150k), you “transfer” the 120K Marriott Rewards points to 120K airline miles.

Choosing the number of airline miles level

Each of the travel packages has four level for number of airline miles you would earn by redeeming a travel package. I would suggest that you go for the highest level if possible.

Upgrading the hotel category part of the travel package

If you redeem for a category 1 to 5 package and would later want to stay at the category 6 property, you can do this by paying the difference in points that is 30K. You need to call Marriott Rewards customer service and they can do it instantly.

Downgrading the hotel category part of the travel package

I always suggest that you should issue the travel package at the lowest category first if you are not sure how you are going to use it. You can always upgrade it.

But if you issued the package at the higher level that is required for your stay, you can always call the Marriott Rewards customer service and request them to downgrade it and get the difference in points deposited to your account.

Extending the hotel certificate

The hotel certificate that is deposited to your Marriott Rewards account is valid for 12 months after issuance. I have personally, however, been able to extend these more than twice. You need to contact the Marriott Rewards customer service to achieve this. I cannot guarantee that it will work for you, but it has for me.

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Try extending the award certificate. I have managed to do this few times. If they are not willing to do it, consider giving it away as the number of points you get back is not a lot. If you issued it higher than the lowest category level, downgrade it to the lowest level and get some points back to your account.

If you are not able to use it or give it away, you will get some points back for unused certificate and it is dependent and what mileage level you originally issued it.

Here are some values that you can expect to get back IF you need to redeposit unused hotel certificate from the travel package

Travel package with highest number of miles redeemed:
Cat. 1-5 : 10K points
Cat. 6 : 25K points
Cat. 7 : 40K points

Travel package with lowest number of miles redeemed:
Cat. 1-5 : 40K points
Cat. 6 : 55K points
Cat. 7 : 75K points

When to redeem

Some airlines like US Airways and American Airlines, which used to be a Marriott partner, tend to run promotions once in a while for transfer from hotel programs. They might give you a 35% to 50% bonus for miles transferred in. This is the time to redeem. I redeemed 3 or 4 travel packages when the partnership with American Airlines was ending and AA was offering bonus for points transfers. I made my first Million Miles status with AA with the help of Marriott.

Few of other tips

– You can use the ward certificate for less than 7 nights but you won’t receive any points back. Just do a reservation online for 7 nights and leave early. Otherwise, you can contact the Marriott Rewards and have them to make the reservation for you

– If there is a day in between that is not available for points, you can pay for it in cash. You need to arrange this with the Marriott Rewards customer service i.e. you stay at the hotel for 10 nights and use travel package for nights 1 to 3 and 7 to 10. You can pay for nights 4 to 6.

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 1

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Note that you will receive 50K, 70K, 100K or 120K miles in any of the participating airlines: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways or Virgin Atlantic

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 2

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Note that you will receive 35K, 50K, 70K or 85K miles in any of the participating airlines:

Aeroflot, airberlin, Air China, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA LifeMiles, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, LAN, Lufthansa Miles & More, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines  or TAP Air Portugal

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 3

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This package is reserved entire for Southwest. You will receive 50K, 70K, 100K, or 120K Rapid Reward points that are COMPASSION PASS QUALIFYING. If you redeem the highest package and deposit the points to Southwest, you receive a Southwest Companion Pass for a year.

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 4

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This package is for JetBlue TruBlue and Virgin America Elevate members. You will receive 25K, 35K, 50K, or 60K points.

Conclusion

IMHO this IS really the best way to use Marriott points IF you prefer getting a lot airline miles along the way. There are some drawbacks to this as well that I listed above and workarounds like extending the certificate for a year.

Here are the short terms and conditions of this award:

To redeem for a Hotel, Air & Car Package reward:
Contact the airline you will use as your carrier.  (You must be a member of their frequent flyer program.)  Inquire about the number of miles needed to travel from departure location to your destination and remember to take into account the number of people traveling in your party.

Once you know the number of miles needed, call
1-800-MARRIOTT to make your hotel reservation.  Make sure to inform the reservation agent that you are using a Travel Package Reward.

After your reservation is confirmed, you can complete the reward order over the phone or order online.

Reward Delivery Information

  1. Hotel certificate will be issued electronically and will be available at the hotel upon check-in.
  2. Airline miles will automatically be sent to your frequent flyer account.Please allow approximately 6 weeks for your miles to be posted to your frequent flyer account or contact your local Marriott Rewards office to inquire about express service (may include a fee).

    Miles will automatically transfer into the frequent flyer mileage account that matches the name on your Marriott Rewards account.  Once processed, airline miles cannot be transferred back to your Marriott Rewards account.

  3. You will receive a paper certificate for your Hertz rental.Please allow 10 business days for US delivery, 4 weeks for delivery outside the US, or contact your local
    Marriott Rewards office to inquire about express service (may include a fee).

Qatar Airways IS Joining the Oneworld Alliance (Financial Times)

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There was a piece on Financial Times today about Qatar Airways joining the Oneworld alliance. There have been rumors about this a lot lately and, over the weekend, the CEO of Qatar denied that the airline would be joining the Oneworld.

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At this point, it does seem that the airline is indeed joining the alliance. I doubt that Financial Times would have published the article unless they wouldn’t have had firm inside information about this.

We should learn the exact joining date and other information within the next week.

Conclusion

It would be great for the Oneworld if the Qatar would join the alliance. It does seem conflicting that Qantas, Oneworld member airline, and Emirates, gulf rival of Qatar, just announced their tie up for the traffic between Australia and Europe

Qatar Airways Becoming Oneworld Alliance Member?

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EDIT: There was piece on the Arabian Business today that Mr. Akbar al-Baker had stated that the airline is not joining Oneworld. It is very interesting to see what this Oneworld announcement on October 8th is going to be about.

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There was a piece earlier this week on the FlighGlobal website about an announcement on October 8th about a “significant membership development” by Oneworld. It is widely expected that this would mean Qatar Airways would joining the alliance.

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It has been reported previously that Mr. Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, the parent of British Airways and Iberia both Oneworld alliance members, and Mr. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, have been getting along rather well. Both are members of the IATA board of governors.

This development wouldn’t be totally unexpected. There are three major carriers on the Middle East; Emirates of Dubai, Etihad of Abu Dhabi, and Qatar of Doha. Emirates has been very vocal of not joining and alliance while Qatar has always been silent about this issue. Etihad has formed ties with number of airlines outside of an alliance.

In my personal opinion, Qatar has always been more tilted towards the Star Alliance considering the frequent flier partners that they have and have had. Qatar is partner with ANA, Asiana, & US Airways of Star Alliance. The partnership with United was discontinued earlier this year. They currently don’t have any program ties with Oneworld alliance carriers.

Emirates and Qantas just formed their outside of an alliance partnership for the European traffic that is launching next year. Qantas will tunnel their European traffic via Dubai instead of Singapore/Bangkok/Hong Kong. Emirates is also in discussions with American Airlines regarding a codeshare agreement.

Conclusion

I would love to see Qatar Airways joining an alliance. Based on the chatter, it seems likely that the choice is Oneworld. We will learn more about this Oneworld alliance’s membership development on October 8.

BMI & Qatar Airways Frequent Flier Partnership to End on October 27

The death of BMI’s Diamond Club has been slow. First the Lufthansa group of airlines awards were discontinued, then other Star Alliance carrier ones, Virgin Atlantic was next, and now it is time for the partnership with Qatar Airways to end as well.

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Qatar Airways BMI Announcement

This is not a surprise as the BMI is being integrated to British Airways slowly. The end of BMI’s Diamond is soon.

Conclusion

This is not unexpected development but it is worrisome that BMI hasn’t made any announcement about this change. You can find the release about this on Qatar’s website. I would expect the same to apply for BMI as well.

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