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LAUNCHING MONDAY …. our biggest ever mileage giveaway

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We have got together with Qatar Airways to run another exclusive competition.  On Monday we will be launching the most generous mileage competition we have ever run.

There will be two prizes of 250,000 Qatar Privilege Club Qmiles each.

Yes, we have HALF A MILLION miles to share between two lucky Head for Points readers.

Whilst it is always difficult to value airline miles, you should easily be able to get £2,500 of value from the prize.

How far could 250,000 Qmiles take you?

The world is your oyster with 250,000 Qmiles in your pocket.

Here are just a few places you could travel with 250,000 Qmiles to spend, based on a UK departure and assuming you fly on Qatar Airways:

  • one return ticket to Singapore in Business for 150,000 Qmiles
  • one return ticket to Sydney in Business for 180,000 Qmiles
  • two return tickets to Delhi in Business for 2 x 110,000 Qmiles
  • top up with a further 8,000 Qmiles and get two return flights to Doha in First Class for 2 x 129,000 Qmiles
  • top up with a further 20,000 Qmiles and get three return tickets in Economy to Sydney

Of course, you can also spend them on flights on British Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific or any of the oneworld alliance partners albeit redemptions on partner airlines are poorer value.  Qatar Airways has some additional airline partners of their own too.

If you want to head to North America on BA or American, for example:

  • one return ticket to Los Angeles in First Class is 255,000 Qmiles
  • one return ticket to San Francisco in Business Class is 170,000 Qmiles

Taxes and charges are due on all Qmiles bookings, as with all frequent flyer redemptions.  These are obviously your responsibility if you win.

If you have a handful of miles left, you can use them to pay for your purchases at the Qatar Duty Free shop at Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Alternatively, Qmiles can be converted into Le Club AccorHotels hotel loyalty points at the rate of 4500 to 1000, with a maximum conversion of 100,000 Qmiles per year.

Here is the Qatar Airways Mileage Calculator if you want to take a look at other options in case you win.

Make sure to check HfP on Monday to find out how to enter.  It couldn’t be easier, to be honest.

Comments (50)

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    That’s nothing! We’ll be announcing our exclusive deal with Virgin Trains East Coast where you can win 50 Nectar points ????

    Speaking of trains Virgin Trains East Coast have a 50% off sale on right now but you’re only targeted if you’ve NOT booked with them in a while. More info: http://saveecrewards.co.uk/blog/vtec-dont-care-about-loyalty

    Although I understand the importance of attracting new customers and also winning back former customers VTEC has been the only operator of the East Coast franchise that has basically stuck their fingers up at regular customers. It’s no wonder that they’re not hitting their passenger targets.

    I did suggest one time when I met the VTEC management that they should talk to Rob, running HfP full time means he knows a thing or two about travel loyalty schemes, I’m guessing they never did contact him (for the avoidance of doubt I suggested they paid for consultancy services, I wasn’t suggesting Rob should give up his time for free on turning around their fortunes)

    • Paul says:

      VTEC have treated me well recently. I travel 2-4 times per month between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, so not exactly a heavy user, but twice in the last nine months I have received a three month pass to the first class lounge (granted its not spectacular, but better than nothing). I travel to watch the mighty Hibees, in January there was a winter shutdown so I never travelled at all, I received not one but two surveys to ask why I stopped travelling, after about four clicks I was rewarded with a £15 voucher on each occasion.

      The customer service was ruined a bit when I received the second voucher on Feb 20 and was told it had to be used by Feb 17! A tweet later I had received a replacement though!

  • James says:

    Nice competition.

    I presume the redemptions you mention are at Qatar’s lowest rates which sadly are very difficult to get on most routes, certainly all the popular ones so most redemptions actually come in at the 2x rate.
    Sad and frustrating.

    Will be entering though 🙂


    one return ticket to Singapore in Business for 150,000 Qmiles
    one return ticket to Sydney in Business for 180,000 Qmiles
    two return tickets to Delhi in Business for 2 x 110,000 Qmiles
    top up with a further 8,000 Qmiles and get two return flights to Doha in First Class for 2 x 129,000 Qmiles
    top up with a further 20,000 Qmiles and get three return tickets in Economy to Sydney

  • James says:

    Will Qatar be lowering the points cost of upgrades given they’ve devalued upgrades recently 🙁

  • James says:

    The vast majority of dates for LHR-SIN in biz come in at a whopping 285k +£££ so winning 250k won’t even get you one return to Singapore on most dates 🙁

  • John says:

    It’s a very generous prize and I will certainly be entering, but the value to me is probably closer to £1500 than £2500.

    Even if the 250K miles gets 1.4 returns to SYD – I would be willing to pay £1800 in an ex-EU sale which earns £100 worth of avios and 1.4x of that is £2400. Taxes and fees on 1.4 returns to SYD come to about £900, hence £1500 value.

    Then there are the harder to quantify losses of not being able to use every last mile won, or having to buy extra miles (or crediting to QR instead of BA) and forgoing TPs. While there is a chance of getting ex-LHR flights, availability may be an issue and may end up going ex-EU anyway.

  • James says:

    €1,100 of Club Accor points is a nice win.
    (Although can’t do it all in one year, as Rob mentions).

  • James says:

    Sorry to go on about it but…..

    A warning to those unfamiliar with QMiles, don’t rely on the QCalculator when planning what to do with these miles. Actual redemptions in business class are often much higher than the calculator indicates.

    Not trying to be down on the competition & prizes, it’s very generous. Just trying to give a bit of reality to what the prize can probably get most people.

  • roberto says:

    Great prize
    Planning on me winning one half and my wife the other..

    • Worzel says:

      You beat me to it on the comments front-had already decided that you’d bagged the prize !

      Fair is fair though-you’re due a points top up! 🙂 .

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