Qatar Airways is well known for their luxury amenities, and has been called by some a four-star carrier, especially those who have passed through the Al Mourjan Business Lounge lounge in Doha, their hub, which features multiple restaurants and a rather amazing design.
But now the airline is taking their website up a notch, having inked a deal with both Booking.com and Rentalcars.com, letting travelers set up hotel stays and rental cars directly through their site, and earn miles doing it.
People who are part of the airline’s Frequent Flyer Programme Privilege Club, can also earn Qmiles, for hotel stays and rental cars booked through these providers via the website. Qatar is also a oneworld partner, which makes the program, and these new additions to it, increasingly lucrative. Whats also great is that with this new deal Qatar Airways customers can do all their travel shopping in one spot, getting access to 800,000 properties located in some 83,000 locations around the world and access rental cars in 40,000 destination located in 167 countries.
Frequent Flyer Programme Privilege Club
The Frequent Flyer Programme Privilege Club is a tier-based program, with four levels–Burgundy, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each one comes with its own set of benefits, including getting 25%-100% mileage bonus when booking Qmile earning flights; priority boarding, lounge access, and excess baggage allowance, depending upon your membership level. People upgrade their membership tier by earning Qpoints, when they book a flight, which is separate from earning Qmiles.
Their partnership with oneworld means that Qmiles have great flexibility when it comes to booking awards flights and using miles on alliance partner airlines.
The Skinny on Qatar’s Reach
Qatar Airways has their hub in Doha, so as you may have guessed they fly throughout the Middle East, Asia and Europe, including Sydney, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Brussels and Athens. What about the U.S.? They also fly into some of the biggest airports in the U.S., including Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Dallas. They recently added a route between Los Angeles and Doha to their roaster as well. They have steadily increased their routes in the U.S. and all indications suggest that this trend will continue into 2016.
Qatar is considered a luxury airline, and in keeping with that, they have won a variety of Skytax awards including the 2014 Skytrax award for best airline in the Middle East, best business-class airline lounge, and best business class.