Marriott International, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts have all signed up with the Doha-based carrier’s frequent flyer programme enabling members to earn Qmiles when they stay at participating properties.
The deals collectively give Privilege Club members a huge new range of hotels to choose from during their business or leisure trips across the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
The news comes after last month’s official opening of Oryx Galleria – a new Doha-based boutique – designed exclusively for Privilege Club, one of the world’s most generous loyalty programmes, where members can redeem their Qmiles for a variety of luxury products.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker announced the mega hotel partnerships during ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel show taking place in the German capital.
“Privilege Club is our way of saying thank you to our customers for choosing to fly with us, as earning Qmiles gives our passengers the opportunity to enjoy more benefits and earn greater awards,” said Al Baker.
“By increasing the number of hotel partners, Privilege Club members are assured of a wider choice of properties to earn Qmiles and build up their loyalty miles.”
Marriott Rewards offers members the opportunity to earn Qmiles for stays at more than 3,600 Marriott International hotels around the world, including leading brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club. In Doha alone, there are six Marriott brand hotels.
Fairmont, with more than 60 luxury hotels around the world, is offering Privilege Club members the opportunity to earn Qmiles at landmark locations, including London’s The Savoy, The Plaza in New York and the Fairmont Dubai.
Dubai-based hospitality company Jumeirah Group allows Privilege Club members to accumulate Qmiles when staying or dining at any of the company’s 16 high-end luxury hotels and resorts in destinations including Dubai, London, New York, Rome, Frankfurt, Shanghai, and the Maldives.
Privilege Club members can also earn Qmiles at over eight properties that belong to Raffles Hotels & Resorts in Singapore, Cambodia, China, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles and Paris.
Furthermore, leading international hotel chain Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, which has 29 properties, across Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, is now linked to Privilege Club.
Through Privilege Club, Qmiles can be redeemed for complimentary flights and upgrades on Qatar Airways’ global network that now spans 112 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Members can also take advantage of a range of other exclusive benefits, including priority check-in and boarding, extra baggage allowance and unlimited lounge access, designed to make travelling more comfortable and highly rewarding.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 105 aircraft to key business and leisure destinations worldwide. Last year was a landmark 12 months for Qatar Airways, which inducted 15 new destinations to its network, and won the coveted Skytrax Airline of the Year Award.
As part of its ongoing expansion programme, Qatar Airways launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan) and Tbilisi (Georgia) on February 1. The carrier will launch flights to a further 12 destinations this year – Kigali (Rwanda) from March 21; Zagreb (Croatia) from May 9; Perth (Australia) from July 3; Mombasa (Kenya) from August 15; with dates yet to be announced for other new routes – Zanzibar (Tanzania), Helsinki (Finland), Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Yangon (Myanmar), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Belgrade (Serbia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft.
Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award last summer, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best First Class Airline Lounge.