If you have Qatar Airways flights coming up, the airline is currently running an interesting promotion to encourage you to sign up for its Privilege Club loyalty scheme.
Whilst most Head for Points readers will be British Airways Executive Club members – and as both airlines are members of the oneworld alliance you can credit Qatar Airways flights to BA if you want – the extra perks with this deal mean that you still may want to take a look.
If you sign up as a new member of Qatar Airways Privilege Club before 31st January you will earn up to 5,000 bonus Qmiles on your first Qatar Airways flight taken before 28th February.
Your exact bonus depends on your class of travel:
2,500 bonus Qmiles for travel in economy
5,000 bonus Qmiles for any business or first class ticket
To qualify for the sign up bonus you MUST use the promotional code NSWEUR18 when you sign up to Privilege Club. The sign-up link for this promotion is here.
And a fast track to status ….
There’s more. In addition to your bonus miles, Qatar Airways has made it easier for new sign-ups using the above code to gain elite status.
If you earn 100 QPoints between now and 28th February 2019 you will be upgraded to Silver tier by 15th March. Earning 200 QPoints in the same time frame will get you Gold. This is significantly fewer Qpoints than normal, when you need 150 and 300 for Silver or Gold respectively.
Is it worth it?
Remember during this article that Qatar Privilege Club Silver tier is the equivalent to British Airways Bronze and Qatar Gold matches to British Airways Silver.
Looking at the Qmiles calculator it looks like Qatar Privilege Club Silver would be very easy to achieve with just one return trip to Asia in economy. Privilege Club Gold is a little harder. Here are some example routes:
London-Doha-Bangkok return gets you between 170 and 120 Qpoints in business depending on your fare class
London-Doha-Sydney return gets you between 272 and 170 Qpoints – enough to reach Gold
Of course, you could credit the same flights to British Airways Executive Club since Qatar Airways is a oneworld partner. For the same sectors, flying via Doha, you would get:
560 tier points London-Doha-Bangkok return – just 40 tier points away from Silver (equivalent to Privilege Club Gold)
600 tier points London-Doha-Sydney return – qualifying exactly for British Airways Silver (equivalent to Privilege Club Gold) as long as also have four British Airways cash flights under your belt in the same membership year
If you are flying Qatar Airways in the near future and are interested in this offer, this is what you should do:
Use this calculator on the Qatar Airways website to work out how many miles it costs for a specific redemption you are targeting using Qatar Airways Qmiles
Use this calculator on the British Airways website to work out how many miles it costs for a specific redemption you are targeting using Avios
Don’t forget to factor in the extra 2,500 to 5,000 Qmiles you’d receive under this offer. You will then be able to make a sensible decision based on your earning and redemption plans about whether this offer works well for you.
If it does, you can sign up to Privilege Club here where you will also find full details of the offer. The deadline for registering is 31st January with flights to be taken by 28th February.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
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.)