Qatar Airways launched an interesting redemption option for its Qatar Miles which opens up an option to convert Qatar Miles into KrisFlyer Miles via the Accor Hotels programme.
How Can You Convert Qatar Miles Into KrisFlyer Miles?
Qatar Airways and Le Club AccorHotels Points have launched an interesting partnership which allows you to convert QMiles into Le Club points. This is pretty unusual in the miles and points world, but not unheard of – I’ve written before about a trick of converting Virgin Atlantic Miles into IHG rewards points previously:
What it does do is provide an option to convert QMiles via Le Club into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles which is what I’m interested in.
Is it Worth It to Convert Qatar Miles Into KrisFlyer Miles?
Well as you might expect – not really. The ratio that you’ll end up getting is pretty bad. Qatar Miles convert into Le Club AccorHotels Points at a ratio of 4500 Miles to 1000 Points (4.5:1). These can then be converted to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles at 2:1 so those 1000 Points would give you 500 Miles. So overall a conversion of 9:1 which is awful!
Note you’ll need a minimum of 4000 for ad-hoc conversions if you don’t have auto conversion of Le Club AccorHotels points to KrisFlyer Miles setup.
Your alternative for those QMiles is to use them for Le CLub redemptions. They are worth 2 Eurocents per hotel room so 4,500 Qmiles will get you a grand €20 towards your stay.
You can find out more about the conversion from Qatar Miles to Le Club AccorHotels Points here:
How Could You Use This Conversion?
There are a couple of ways that you could think about using this partnership. Firstly is to convert any orphan Qatar Miles that you might have around – at least you can use them for something valuable.
Secondly, you could designate Qatar as your Oneworld earning option and then redeem the miles into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, this would at least help to consolidate your miles.
Thirdly, and perhaps more interestingly it does open up a number of different merchants that you can’t earn KrisFlyer Miles at:
- Oneworld Airlines, + Gol, MEA Airlines, Royal Air Maroc
- Banks and Credit Cards (mostly non-Singapore)
- Additional Services and Shops – including Joyulakkas Jewellers – which has a store in Singapore
Now it’s never going to be a big earner for you, but thought it would be worth raising the possibility to you all.
Unfortunately for readers that are members of the Malaysia Airlines Enrich program note that they don’t have a partnership with Accor so you can’t use this method to convert – but it’s probably not such a requirement as they are Oneworld partners anyway.
Will you be using this option going forward?