EDIT: 10am – BA has just posted on Flyertalk that this is all a big mistake, despite both Qatar and BA reiterating by phone and Twitter over the last 24 hours that this was the new policy. ba.com has now been amended.
This week saw the launch of the British Airways / Qatar Airways revenue sharing deal on routes from the UK to Doha which I discussed here. This means that BA and Qatar are effectively operating as one airline on these routes with the revenue being shared out between them, irrespective of carrier used.
Regular Head for Points readers will know that Qatar Airways regularly has incredibly cheap business class sales from Europe which credit to British Airways Executive Club and make requalification for Executive Club status very easy. One £900 return ticket to Bangkok would get you over 90% of the way to a BA Silver card.
It seems that, as part of the revenue sharing deal, British Airways will now refuse to credit heavily discounted Qatar Airways business class tickets to Executive Club. You will not receive ANY Avios or tier points at all.
They do NOT appear to be giving any leeway for tickets booked before this week.
Note that ‘R’ is missing next to ‘Business’.
and, of course, all other oneworld frequent flyer programmes continue to offer credit for ‘R’ class Qatar Airways tickets.
If you have an ‘R’ class Qatar Airways ticket booked, do not panic immediately. Some clarity on what is happening should emerge over the next couple of days. If the worst comes to the worst you can credit the flight to a different frequent flyer scheme – possible even Iberia Plus to earn Avios – although that won’t help you earn BA status of course.
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