A reader recently booked this amazing last minute business class flight on Qatar Airways from Houston, Texas to New Delhi, India. He found this flight on American Airlines – which is a One World Alliance member – which Qatar Airways is also a part of.
While there are many ways to accumulate American Airline miles: frequent flier program, Citi AAdvantage credit cards, Barclays’ American partnered credit cards; he collected most of his points on his Bilt Mastercard which he had been using to pay rent, dining expenses and travel expenses to earn points. He also took advantage of the Rent Day challenges on the 1st of every month where he earned 6x on dining, 4x on travel and 2x everywhere else (excl rent).
Since he had never flown business class on Qatar before, he decided to splurge a little and it set him back 70K miles vs 40K for economy.
Do note, it takes 48-72 hrs for Bilt points to show up in your American Airlines account after initiating a transfer. Once you find availability, it is recommended you call up AA reservations and have them hold the airfare for you which guarantees you a seat for 24hrs. You may call back after 24hrs if the points do not show up so you may extend the hold.