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Flying Qatar Airways soon? New bonus miles and fast-track status promo launched

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If you have any Qatar Airways flights booked, or are looking to book one this month, the airline has launched a couple of special mileage and status promotions exclusively for the UK and Irish market.

The first deal is for anyone buying a ticket this month.  The second deal is for anyone who is due to fly Qatar Airways soon, whether or not they already have their ticket.

Full details are on the Qatar Airways website here.

Deal 1 – Earn up to 10,000 bonus Qmiles

If you buy a Qatar Airways flight between 5th and 30th December, departing from the UK or Ireland, you can earn a chunky bonus if you credit it to their Qatar Privilege Club loyalty programme to earn Qmiles. This would be instead of crediting your flight to, say, British Airways Executive Club to earn Avios.

You can learn more about Qmiles and Qatar Privilege Club on the Qatar Airways website here.

You will earn 10,000 bonus Qmiles for a Business Class ticket

You will earn 5,000 bonus Qmiles for an Economy ticket

The flight must be booked between 5th and 30th December and flown before 31st March.

On the assumption that almost everyone who reads Head for Points has a British Airways Executive Club account, here are the points to consider before doing this:

Do you need the tier points you would earn from crediting the flight to British Airways?  If yes, choose BA.

Have you also compared the number of base miles you will earn from crediting your flights to either Qmiles or Avios?  The Qmiles calculator is here, the BA Executive Club calculator is here.

Have you looked at the spending chart for your preferred redemption routes?  This is as important as considering the amount of miles you will earn.

Do you have an obvious route for topping up your Qmiles account if it is short of the miles you need for a redemption?  Qatar Airways does not have a UK credit card and they are not an American Express Membership Rewards partner in the UK.  You can transfer points earned via the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card, or points from Amex Gold or Amex Platinum which you transfer to Starwood and then on to Qmiles.

Remember that, as a member of oneworld, you can redeem your Qatar Airways Qmiles for any British Airways flight redemption which is also bookable on Avios.  All of the other oneworld airline partners – Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Qantas, American Airlines etc – are also bookable.

This offer could work out nicely for anyone who does not need the British Airways tier points from their flight, but do the maths first.  You MUST register for the offer before you fly via this page of the Qatar Airways website.

Qatar Airways Qmiles promotion

Deal 2 – Get a fast track to Qatar Airways status

The second part of this offer is open to anyone who has a Qatar Airways flight booked, or will be booking one.  Unlike the bonus miles offer, the date you booked your ticket does not matter.

If you choose to credit your Qatar Airways flights to Qatar Privilege Club and not to any other oneworld frequent flyer scheme, you will get a ‘fast track’ to status.

If you earn 75 Qpoints from Qatar Airways flights between 5th December and 31st March, as a Burgundy member you will be upgraded to Silver tier. If you are already a Silver member, you will retain your status for an additional one year.

If you earn 150 Qpoints from Qatar Airways flights between 5th December and 31st March, as a Silver member you will be upgraded to Gold tier. If you are already a Gold member, you will retain your status for an additional one year.

If you earn 300 Qpoints from Qatar Airways flights between 5th December and 31st March, as a Gold member you will be upgraded to Platinum tier. If you are already a Platinum member, you will retain your status for an additional one year.

To see whether this makes sense for you, you should look at the Qpoints calculator here to see how many Qpoints you will earn from a particular flight.

In terms of matching to BA and oneworld benefits, Qatar Silver = BA Bronze, Qatar Gold = BA Silver and Qatar Platinum = BA Gold.

There is no right or wrong answer to whether you should credit your flights to Qatar Privilege Club instead of, for most HFP readers, British Airways Executive Club.  It depends on where you are flying, in what class and on what fare ticket.  That said, for most people, British Airways Executive Club will work out well.

It is worth bearing in mind that Qatar Privilege Club gives more status points if you are travelling on flexible or semi-flexible Business Class tickets.  BA Executive Club does not.  The Qpoints promotion is more attractive if you are travelling on higher priced Business Class ticket types.

If you are booking your ticket between 5th December and 30th December, you should also factor in the bonus Qmiles offer I talked about earlier in this article when deciding where to credit your flight.

You need to register for this offer via the Qatar Airways website here.  Your status upgrade will not take place until early April after the end of the promotional period.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (31)

  • Mike says:

    Thanks for the info! Can you do both offers?

    Have a Singapore –> NYC flight booked this month for march travel. It’s probably worth setting up a Qatar account as now relocated to Singapore!

  • James says:

    Still miffed I’ll miss out on keeping Platinum 🙁
    If only Iwas flying Qatar instead of Finnair to Bangkok next month 🙁 Booked Finnair as taking my folks and when we booked the whole Qatar vs Middle East embargo thing was just starting and my folks (far more than I) were worried about the impact it might have on our travel.
    I can still credit the AY flights to QR Privelege Club but will only get 92 QPoints instead of almost 150. Plus not sure as they wouldn’t be earned on QR metal whether they’d count them for this reduced QPoints offer. I would have snuck in an extra holiday somewhere in March to get the other 150 or so in order to keep my Plat status so but of a shame really, although my bank balance will be thankful.
    Mind you, travelling in J means Plat doesn’t do much but give more QMles,however OWE is very nice when using BA RFS flights to position for the QR longhauls ex-EU as it gives Galleries First access 🙂
    Last time I took my folks we were very fortunate that the LHR First Lounge ladies allowed me to take both parents in instead of just the one ;-). It was very quiet to be fair and it only moved one person from the Club lounge to the First Lounge anyway.

    Wow, I’m blabbering. Bit bored & daydreaming of my next adventures !!

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