The latest development is the introduction of peak and off-peak pricing to Qatar Airways Privilege Club, which has long been a feature of other Avios loyalty programs.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Introduces Peak & Off-Peak Pricing
Qatar Airways Privilege Club has introduced peak and off-peak pricing to award bookings. It’s unclear when exactly this change happened, although it appears to have occurred quite recently.
As a reminder, with peak and off-peak pricing, award flights cost more on peak dates than on off-peak dates. Therefore, if you’re able to fly on an off-peak date, you can usually save some points.
Peak and off-peak dates aren’t necessarily predictable, as they vary by route and region. However, generally speaking, peak dates occur during major global travel periods, and off-peak dates are during less popular travel periods.
When searching for a flight reward with Qatar Airways Privilege Club, you’ll notice the word “Off-Peak” clearly displayed in the search results.
If “Off-Peak” isn’t displayed, then it’s a peak date.
For example, an off-peak flight from Montreal to Doha costs 35,000 Avios in economy.
However, a flight from Montreal to Doha on a peak date costs 47,500 Avios in economy, or roughly 36% more.
The same is true for business class flights, which are quite difficult to come by currently on North American routes. However, we can look to other parts of the world that have the same pricing as flights to North America for some context.
For example, a one-way business class flight from Doha to Adelaide costs 70,000 Avios on an off-peak date, which is the same cost as a one-way flight from Doha to, say, Seattle.
On a peak date, that same route costs 94,500 Avios, or a 35% increase from the off-peak price.
If there were availability to North American routes on peak dates, we’d expect the price to be the same.
It appears that peak and off-peak pricing doesn’t affect Qatar Airways First Class routes. For example, a one-way flight from Doha to Perth costs 142,000 Avios on an off-peak date.
And the cost is the same for a peak date.
It’s worth noting that the “Flexi” pricing doesn’t seem to be affected by the difference between peak and off-peak prices.
As a reminder, Flexi…