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Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Qatar Airways?

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In this article we’ll look at how you can earn Avios and British Airways tier points by flying with Qatar Airways and whether it’s worth it compared to flying British Airways.

Can I earn Avios if I fly with Qatar?

It is possible to earn Avios and BA tier points on Qatar Airways instead of QMiles, Qatar’s own reward currency. This is because they both belong to the oneworld alliance. When you book or manage your flights with Qatar Airways, you will be able to add your British Airways Executive Club number. Upon completion of your flights you will automatically be credited the correct Avios.

However, you will earn a different amount of Avios on Qatar Airways compared to if you fly British Airways. This is because they have different earning rates. On Qatar, you will earn Avios at a maximum of 150% of miles flown if you fly first class. On British Airways flights, however, first class fares can come with 300% of miles flown – so double what you’d expect to earn on Qatar.

Here is the full chart of earning rates, sourced from the British Airways website.  We are comparing the earnings when you take a flight on Qatar Airways compared to taking a flight on British Airways.

Economy Lowest – 25% on Qatar and British Airways

Economy Low – 50% on Qatar and British Airways

Economy Flexible – 100% on Qatar and British Airways

Premium Economy – Qatar Airways does not have a premium economy cabin. 100%-150% on British Airways

Business Lowest – 125% vs 150% on British Airways

Business Flexible – 125 % vs 250% on British Airways

First lowest – 150% vs 250% on British Airways

First flexible – 150%  vs 300% on British Airways

As you can see, economy earning rates are the exact same for both airlines. But for flights in business and first you will suffer some severe losses, earning up to half less on Qatar Airways than you would on a British Airways flight. Obviously, something is better than nothing but if you’re flying on a flexible first fare you’d be disappointed to miss out on an additional 150%!

Additionally, if you hold British Airways Executive Club status, you will NOT be eligible for the usual Avios tier bonus so you’re losing out on another 25-100% in additional Avios.

When it comes to tier points, however, you are better off flying with Qatar Airways than British Airways if your trip involves a connection.  This is because tier points are earned per flight, so a connecting in Doha to your final destination will earn more tier points than taking a direct flight on British Airways from London.

You can work out how many tier points you will earn on the BA tier point calculator here.  Remember to search leg by leg if you are connecting.  A business class flight to Asia from the UK on Qatar Airways earns 560 tier points in British Airways Executive Club (four legs of 140 tier points each) which is almost enough for British Airways Silver status.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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