This news was expected for August but it appears that it has come early and that is the ability to redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for flights on Qatar Airways. Although both airlines are part of the oneworld Alliance this partnership was done separately from Alaska Airlines adding in all the oneworld partners so you won’t see some of the other oneworld airlines as part of the Mileage Plan redemption pool just yet.
Here are examples award charts for flying on Qatar Airways with Mileage Plan. Interestingly enough they have not published charts for flying on Qatar Airways to Asia, Australia, or New Zealand out of North America.
As you can see they are pricing awards dynamically as they start at 42,500 miles one way in Economy from North America to Doha and 85,000 miles one way for business class. These are the same amounts you’ll find for the middle east, Indian sub-continent, North Africa and the much sought after Madlives. Flights to the rest of Africa start at 50,000 miles for economy and 120,000 for business class which are quite a bit higher than other partner airlines in business class.
Here are some of the numbers in action:
Montreal to Doha
Showing the lowest redemption levels here and you’ll notice right away the fees are great – they are no carrier surcharges on Qatar Airways so you have a very reasonable US$68 on these flights.
Seattle – Male, Maldives
Again nice to see the minimum redemption levels with reasonable fees!
Montreal – Delhi
Same thing here only 85,000 for business class but you’ll see the dynamic pricing in effect for economy class and in this case why even bother with economy? 😉 I also left in the other options to fly on British Airways who does pass along surcharges to Alaska! So BA is 15,000 miles less but US$502 more in fees! Ouch!
Munich – Doha
Overall for those based in North America the base redemption rates for the Middle East and Indian subcontinent are decent given the quality of service and the cabins on Qatar Airways. Some of the other areas however you may be better off redeeming on Alaska’s other partner airlines.
Images via Alaska Airlines