The Qatar Airways status match has been extended ….. again.
It was due to end on Saturday but has now been pushed back to midnight UK time on Wednesday 27th May. The list of participating airlines has not changed again and remains at five.
Here is our original article on the match, which I have amended to reflect the new qualification requirements …..
Qatar Airways is running a status match at the moment. This means that, if you have elite status with selected other airlines, Qatar Airways will give you equivalent status in Qatar Privilege Club.
The reason this is interesting, of course, is that Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance alongside British Airways. Having status with Qatar Airways gets you all of the benefits of having status with British Airways when flying BA, including BA lounge access, fast track security, priority boarding, additional luggage allowances etc. You also get status benefits when flying with any of the other airlines in the oneworld alliance.
You can find full details on the Qatar Airways website here.
Which airlines is Qatar Airways offering to match?
That’s the good news. The bad news is that only a small number of airlines qualify. These are:
- Turkish Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
Whilst the rules talk about matching ‘top tier’ status, it appears that they will match ANY level of status with these five airlines. This is because matches are being made to Qatar Privilege Club Platinum, Gold and Silver tiers.
Annoyingly, there is no list of how a match will work so we don’t know exactly what will match to what. If an airline only has three tiers then you can reasonably assume it will be a straight match to Platinum, Gold or Silver. For airlines with four tiers it gets more complicated.
How do Qatar Airways benefit link to British Airways?
This is a little complex, because Qatar Gold doesn’t mean BA Gold!
This is how it matches:
Qatar Privilege Club Platinum = oneworld emerald = British Airways Gold benefits
Qatar Privilege Club Gold = oneworld sapphire = British Airways Silver benefits
Qatar Privilege Club Silver = oneworld ruby = British Airways Bronze benefits
How do you apply for a Qatar Airways status match?
The details are on the Qatar Airways website here.
You need to open a Qatar Privilege Account first, which can be done here.
You need to email Qatar Airways with a copy of your competing airline membership card, a statement of your frequent flyer activity with that airline for the last two months (presumably nil!) and your Qatar Privilege Club account details.
How long does your status match last?
It isn’t clear, but the implication is that it will last for a full 12 months. Rather like British Airways, Qatar Privilege Club membership is NOT based on strict January to December calendar years but reflects when you joined or when you achieved your status.
Members who are matched can retain their status for a further year by collecting just HALF of the usual number of tier points during the next 12 months. This isn’t hugely generous, given you are unlikely to be flying much for the next 3-4 months, but it is better than nothing.
Even better, if you are matched to Qatar Platinum, you may (or may not) get a ‘soft landing’ to Qatar Gold for a further 12 months which would still allow you to access British Airways business class lounges. This would effectively get you 24 months of British Airways lounge access via this match.
Full details of how to apply are here. Note that the deadline is midnight on Wednesday 27th May.
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