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Join the new Qatar Airways SME loyalty scheme ‘Beyond Business’

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Here are three Qatar Airways pieces in one:

Qatar Airways launches new small business scheme

Qatar Airways has just launched ‘Beyond Business’, a new loyalty scheme for companies.  This is very similar to the British Airways On Business scheme, which I reviewed here.

It is a simple scheme.  Once your company is registered, you earn 1 Qreward point for every US$1 you spend on Qatar Airways flights.  Your points can be redeemed for Qatar Airways flights and flight upgrades.

For heavy spenders there are some extra perks:

Spend $25,000 and you get:

  • Double your earnings – two Qrewards for every $1 spent
  • Two passes for any Qatar Airways lounge
  • Two Silver tier Privilege Club memberships for any employee (BA Bronze equivalent)

Spend $100,000 and you get:

  • Triple your earnings – three Qrewards for every $1 spent
  • Five passes for any Qatar Airways lounge
  • Three Gold tier Privilege Club memberships for any employee (BA Silver equivalent)

It isn’t clear if the spend threshold is annual or ‘for ever’ – I guess annually. You can find out more, and sign-up, on this page of the Qatar Airways website.

Qatar Privilege Club sign up bonus

Qatar Airways letting you buy status points

It is very common for airlines to let you buy additional frequent flyer miles to top up your account.  What is very rare is for an airline to sell you status points.

I’m not sure how new this is, but a reader sent me details of a Qatar Airways status offer.

You can make a one-off purchase of Qpoints, the Qatar status currency, at $25 per point.  You are limited to one transaction every 36 months, so you would need to think carefully before jumping in.  There is no merit at all in buying all the Qpoints you need for status, since Qatar Airways Gold (equivalent to British Airways Silver) requires 300 points x $25!

The link to buy Qpoints is here.

Qatar Airways buy Qpoints

Last call for 5,000 bonus Qmiles when you join Privilege Club

In a separate deal, you only have a few more days to register for Qatar Airways’ 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?

You need to the maths here to decide if this is a better deal than crediting your flights to British Airways Executive Club.  Remember that Qatar Privilege Club Silver tier is the equivalent to British Airways Bronze and Qatar Gold matches to British Airways Silver.

You can work out how many miles you will earn from a flight credited to Privilege Club via this Qmiles calculator.  You can use the BA calculator to work out how many Avios you’d earn crediting the same flight to Executive Club.

On the redemption side:

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 tomorrow, 31st January, with flights to be taken by 28th February.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (24)

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  • Alex Sm says:

    Can you easily (or at all) convert Qmiles into Avios?

    • Rob says:

      Yes. Qmiles to Accor to Avios. Massive dilution though, and easier just to book a one-way on Qmiles and the return on Avios (or some other bit of juggling) if you only have a few.

  • Qwerty Bertie says:

    OT: I’ve potentially got an opportunity to book a flight for a relative, and thereby use up all the otherwise useless Lufthansa miles I got from Hilton stays, but for the face I’m just under 2k short on the miles needed for the redemption.

    Are there any crafty ways to obtain and/or transfer other UK points in to this scheme please? (Short of taking the Diners Club card, which I don’t want.)

    • Bagoly says:

      If you travel to Germany, get a Payback.de card and do some shopping (with *10 coupons) in Germany.
      In the UK I think it’s pretty difficult.

  • Bagoly says:

    If you travel to Germany, get a Payback.de card and do some shopping (with *10 coupons) in Germany.
    In the UK I think it’s pretty difficult.

  • onuoha paul says:

    Please how can i enroll as an individual in this program?

    • Rob says:

      Follow the link in the article (which if you have an Ad Blocker will be hidden).

  • Osagie says:

    Rob,

    Unless you’re going to do a full review of the Qatar Privilege Club, I’d advise against publicising the “deal”. Although part of Oneworld, when it comes to redeeming qmiles for flights with partners this can only be done online, and appears limited to 4 airlines: Gol, Royal Air Maroc, MEA and Bangkok Airlines. See the below page of the Qatar website:

    https://www.qatarairways.com/en/Privilege-Club/our-partners.html

    • Rob says:

      Those are the non-oneworld partners 🙂 You need to click the oneworld tab next to it.

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