It has been a couple months now since Qatar Airways joined the oneworld alliance and British Airways has finally gotten around to updating some of the data they publish related to award costs using the carrier. That’s great news in that the rates can be verified but it is also a bit strange in that many Qatar Airways-operated routes are still not reflected in the BA calculator. And we’re not talking about crazy, obscure cities which are being skipped here. Routes such as Doha – Delhi or Mumbai are not being shown by BA. The good news is that more than 80 routes are being shown in the system which means I can properly update my Avios Calculator tool with that data.
This update adds a bunch of new routing options for many city pairs and also at least 10 new destinations to the calculator:
Looking at the award rates there are a few quirks in the chart which are worth being aware of. Travelers from most Qatar Airways US gateways to Doha will pay a premium to take the non-stop flights versus a connection. Chicago has the most notable cost spread, but JFK and Houston see similar variations (Dulles is cheapest on the non-stop). Of course, there are other factors to consider, including taxes/fees, different products and award inventory, but looking just at the points required the numbers can be rather interesting. Here’s what ORD-DOH looks like:
One the flip side there are many routes where BA will advertise their connecting service price over the Qatar Airways non-stop options which are much less expensive. Doha to Stockholm prices at 12,500 Avios one-way non-stop in economy, or 27,500 for the connecting trip on BA metal. Moscow (DME) is also 12,500 non-stop or 30,000 via London on BA. The largest spread I saw in the data results was between Doha and Baku, Azerbaijan. The route prices at only 7,500 Avios non-stop or 32,500 with the connection. I’m not loading the cruddy BA rates into the data set I’m querying against for the calculations on the Avios Calculator tool; I’d rather not show such bad options to you.
Finally, a quick list of all the 4,500 Avios routes BA is showing for Qatar Airways flights:
There are a couple fun 5th freedom routes in there worth looking at.
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