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Get up to 5,000 bonus Qatar Airways Qmiles and a status fast track when you join Privilege Club

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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.

Qatar Airways A350 Doha

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.

Qatar Privilege Club sign up bonus

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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also 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

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 (45)

  • robbo says:

    You’d have to have your head read to join QR Privilege Club as your preferred One World partner. On May 27th last year, the greatest act of fraud committed by an airline, EVER, against it’s members. Done overnight. Done in a clandestine way. Without notice. Without warning. Boom!

    The little bastards blew it to smithereens. I was Privilege Club Platinum, still am, but I cancelled all my flights, and all my business with these thieves. These mongrels. Virtually double the amount of points required to claim an award flight than it was on May 26. Almost impossible to claim a reward.

    And forget using your Q Credits. It’s impossible. For 2 years n a row now I have been unable to use the 60Q Credits I get, no matter how hard I tried. And you can’t call the bastards. They closed the call-centre down, which was mostly useless anyway, full of arrogance and that Middle – Eastern trait of never admitting or committing to anything.

    The cost of fees and charges is exorbitant now compared to what it was. In 2017 I paid $USD 80 in taxes, charges etc; for a one way award ticket in Business from JFK-DOH, when I attempted the same ticket in 2018 after The Greatest Travel Rip-Off of May 27, the same charge was double the points and nearly $ USD 700 in fees and “airline charges”.

    These people are thieves, they are liars and as I stated at the beginning, you need your head read to join this airline as your preferred One World partner.

    It’s such a shame, because as soon as you walk on board a QR aircraft, they are truly magnificent. If they could only get their on-ground side sorted out, it would be a no-brainer.

    • Max says:

      One to avoid then! Thanks!

    • MikeL says:

      And breathe ……..Try booking a BA biz class redemption flight from the U.K. to the States = £660 / $825 in taxes

      • Catalan says:

        …and Virgin UC taxes have gone up too. LHR to east coast USA is now £430 oneway but Delta biz still remains at £330! Strange.

    • Phil says:

      You forgot to mention the hard expiry of miles even for Golds (though not Plats). Combined with the awful award availability there is a very high likelihood of miles going to waste.

      But fully agree with your overall assessment of the FFP. I credited flights to them based on a 3X miles promotion. Then watched as they promptly eviscerated the program and devalued the miles. Have finally managed to redeem most of my pot but fully expect to be transferring the remainder to Accor (because it’s the only option) before the end of the year.

    • TripRep says:

      Come on Robbo, no sitting on the fence, tell us what you really think lol.

      Are you the reincarnation of Shoestring , TRH? 😉

    • Mikeact says:

      That’s what I like to see…an honest comment to save us all unwarranted hassle and stress etc. Thanks.

    • Mario says:

      I’m so glad I am not the only one who has had a bad experience with Qatar Airways.
      When I shared my experience on social media, not many people believed that Qatar Airways could behave so badly. I was even called a liar.
      I know how you feel mate.

    • RIccatti says:

      Problem with QR as an airline is they have no understanding of words, “contract” and “obligation” when it s against them. (When it is against the customer, oh, they will use full power of terms and conditions and fare rules in the most restrictive way).

      Also, QR is the only airline implementing those degrading credit card checks on check-in, and cancelling a ticket if the original card not presented on the spot!! This is an example of compensating unreliability of their internal systems/checks at the expense of the customer.

      On the same note, the airline have no idea about what “personal data” is by requesting corresponding bank/credit card statement, never mind the privacy!

  • Daniel says:

    And don’t forget that Qatar keep threatening to leave OneWorld, so your miles could easily end up being practically worthless

    • Daniel says:

      And status!

    • Alan says:

      Yeah have heard nothing but bad things about their programme. Seem to be a good on-board product but crediting to BAEC or other OW programme rather than QR’s seems safest.

  • Jovanna says:

    Food and wine onboard isn’t as good these days as it once was. Champagne in business is Pommery, which BA served in CE a few years ago.

    • Lumma says:

      It was lanson black label last time I flew them. Crap pub champagne cause they have to stock something

    • Ian says:

      This was exactly my experience on the last flight I took with them. The level of “service” on their so-called flagship LHR route was pretty dire too. It will take a lot to persuade me to fly with them ever again – and as for their prices …

      Next week we’re going to BKK and have chosen Royal Jordanian this time. It’s our first time with them so we’ll see what they’re like.

  • Nick says:

    I’ve got 4 sectors with them next month (Oslo-Doha-Cape Town rtn), so shall be paying close attention to detail. Though not ever having flown on Qatar before, I have no benchmark. Shall credit points to Gold though, for sure!

    • Potato says:

      I’d go with BAEC. Oslo-CPT return should get you pretty much all the way to Silver. Throw in a two returns on shorthaul BA to get Silver. Since the change to the Qatar Mile program, it has become a big, stinking, pile of

  • Clive says:

    OT – My Daughter is flying to Thailand and I am wondering if she could use my lounge pass from Amex. Has anyone tried to gain access where the names are different?

    • Benylin says:

      They check boarding pass to check names so probably unlikely imo.

  • Benylin says:

    On the upside, I can agree their business product is very good for the price!
    Shame about the issues they have based on the comments I’m reading.

  • Ben says:

    Hmmm, why not give us an honest review of the full program?

    Or would that not be possible with your Qatari overlords?!

    • Rob says:

      Not spending a day researching and writing a review of any non-UK scheme ….

      • Lady London says:

        Sounds llke the HfP readership is well on top of this one… so no need, Rob 🙂

        This is why I love HeadforPoints. It’s the amazing knowledgeable and sometimes, hugely ironically humorous, readership you have developed Rob.

      • Potato says:

        It takes ten minutes to know about the issues revolving around the Privilege Club. It used to be good when QR threw around the 3x, 5x, 10x promos. The changes last year mean that it has become close to useless.

  • AndyGWP says:

    OT – I need a guaranteed 4pm checkout – what hotel chains / brand status’ are my options now my (SPG Gold matched) Marriott status won’t cut it?

    – Fine Hotel and Resorts (FHR) is one option I can look at
    – Going to contact Emyr too but I’d ideally like to use Amex Travel (£200 off £600)

    (if it matters, this is for Hong Kong in August – I have an Amex Plat too)

    • Alan says:

      IC Ambassador would be the one that comes to mind from my POV. Have to pay for it but the weekend cert pretty much covers the cost.

    • Rob says:

      If you want to prepay via Amex Travel then not much you can do – it will be a 3rd party booking do status benefits unlikely to apply anyway.

      • AndyGWP says:

        Just noticed that T&C state “Cruise bookings and hotels booked through Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection are not eligible.”….

        ….. would they know?

        • Alan says:

          Yes because FHR bookings don’t involve payment upfront – just a deposit taken and money paid at check-out at the hotel.

        • AndyGWP says:

          Cheers Alan – appreciated 🙂

        • Rob says:

          FHR hotel bookings are paid at the hotel in all cases, I assume cruise bookings are done via another agency with Amex just acting as the front man and the actual seller processes payment.

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