Or not: BA removes Qatar ‘R’ business class from tier point and Avios earning

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.

No longer.

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.

Here is the key page of the Executive Club website:

British Airways Qatar Airways tier points

Note that ‘R’ is missing next to ‘Business’.

This is not a mistake, based on various Twitter and call centre conversations reported on Flyertalk.  That said, ‘R’ class flights do still show up in the Avios miles calculator tool.

Oddly, Qatar Airways ‘R’ class DOES still appear as an earning miles and status points in Iberia Plus as at 5am today (click to enlarge):

Iberia Qatar earning

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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  1. Peter Taysum says:

    OT BA has cancelled both flights LHR to BGO CE return I have in June. Their system hasn’t worked out they’ll need to change my LHR to NCL as it won’t connect. I was Gold till end of Oct so was booked in 1A. Now Silver they are saying I can’t have that seat. They’re going to email seat reservations to make a request. I’m travelling with a friend, and we’re not even sat together anymore.

    Sadly I’ll regain Gold next July. Kinda wishing I wasn’t going to.

  2. My business class flights from OSL to BKK have booked into “I” so presume that will be ok 😀

  3. Hank Wakai says:

    Slightly off topic, but if flying in/out of MNL and you wish to be met / seen off by your family, do not use any Terminal 1 airline (includes Qatar). Non ticket holders are not permitted in the terminal. Your family is required to wait for you outside without a/c. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. Use Terminal 3 which has a far larger ground side with plenty of eating options – that means CX, EK or SQ among others are far better options. They just spruced up Terminal 1, but it’s still a reminder of the old days in PH. Avoid it like the plague.

  4. David Moritz says:

    I have just clicked the link Rob references above on ba.com and for Qatar business, ‘R’ is included (

  5. TGLoyalty says:

    Glad R stays as I’m sure I’ll use that again

    On another note unlike the agreement with AA no tier bonus 🙁

  6. They’ve removed W from the economy lowest bracket as well

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