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Can I use Qatar Airways airport lounges with a British Airways Silver or Gold card?

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Today I want to look at whether you can use Qatar Airways lounges if you have a British Airways Silver or Gold Executive Club card.

Lounge access is one of the perks that many people aspire too when the travel. Nothing beats escaping the crowds of a busy terminal and settling down with some free wine or champagne before a long flight.

Your entitlement to lounge access already depends on what status you hold, even with British Airways’ own lounges.  British Airways Bronze members are not entitled to lounge access whilst Silver and Gold members are.

Can I use Qatar Airways lounges with a British Airways status card?

Executive Club Silver status is the equivalent to oneworld Sapphire tier, allowing you to access the oneworld equivalent business class lounges.  This includes Qatar Airways business class lounges.

British Airways Executive Club Gold card holders, being equivalent to oneworld Emerald, can also access Qatar Airways First Class lounges.

However, at its hub in Doha, Qatar Airways also has exclusive business and First Class lounges for ticketed passengers travelling in First on Qatar Airways or oneworld partners, such as British Airways. These are not open to oneworld status holders – you must by flying in business or First Class.  You can read a review of the super-premium Al Safwa First Class Lounge here.

Qatar Airways has separate, less attractive, lounges in Doha for people who are travelling in Economy and who are entitled to lounge access courtesy of their elite status. 

Pre-pandemic, Qatar Airways did not allow status card holders travelling in Economy to use the Qatar Airways lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 4.  You were given access to the neighbouring Plaza Premium lounge instead.  This is currently academic, however, as Terminal 4 remains closed and Qatar Airways is sharing the British Airways facilities in Heathrow Terminal 5.

You can check out the global network of lounges which you can enter with your British Airways status on the oneworld alliance website here.

(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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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

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Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

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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

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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

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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

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

American Express Business Platinum

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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