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Spend your Avios on Qatar Airways from October

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Back in October 2012, Qatar Airways signed an agreement to work towards membership of the oneworld alliance, which includes British Airways.

This would allow British Airways Executive Club members to spend Avios points on Qatar flights, as well as earn Avios and tier points when flying with them.

Qatar is planning to join in October 2013. This would represent impressive progress compared to some other sign-ups with oneworld and Star Alliance, but Qatar is likely to have better existing IT systems than many other non-European airlines.

As you can redeem Avios on all oneworld carriers (current members include American Airlines, Air Berlin, Royal Jordanian, Japan Airlines, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Finnair, as well as BA) this will open up some interesting new redemption options. Qatar has a strong and growing route network, as the press release says:

Qatar Airways‘ network serves 120 destinations in 70 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia, including oneworld hubs Amman, Berlin Tegel, Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Madrid, Melbourne, Moscow Domodedovo, New York JFK, Osaka Kansai, Sydney, Tokyo Narita, and the Kuala Lumpur home of oneworld member elect Malaysia Airlines.

Fifteen of its destinations and three countries – Iran, Rwanda and the Seychelles – will be new to the one world map. More significantly, Qatar Airways will substantially strengthen oneworld’s customer offering by providing superior routing alternatives across many hundreds of city pairs. For example, passengers flying between Asia and Southern Europe or between Asia and Africa will now have convenient one-stop connections not previously available within the oneworld network.

Qatar also has very impressive First and Business Class cabin – here is the business class product going into their new Boeing 787’s:

Qatar Airways 787

Good news all round then. Keep an eye out for the exact joining date because – when a new partner joins an alliance – there is usually a period where there is a huge amount of reward availability, before it all gets sucked up.

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Comments (29)

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  • Stacy Smith says:

    What about Fuel Surcharge on Qatar? Does anyone know?

  • james leverett says:

    If you are flying LHR-DOH-DXB and return, by the time you get back to Doha on return you should have the miles from the first three legs credited to your account. U can then go to Duty Free and use the miles as currency to buy anything (including alcohol and tobacco). Something else to think about.

  • richie says:

    iv just had a thought…. could i fly them today and not enter any frequent flyer info, when they join oneworld i could then go to ‘Claim missing Avios points on partner flights’ on baec ad get miles through that… or would it not credit flights that were flown prior to them becoming oneworld members

    • Rob says:

      Correct. You won’t get anything for flights before the start date. Better to credit to the Qatar scheme and hope you have enough for a one-way BA redemption.