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BIG NEWS: Qatar Airways to adopt Avios, drop Qmiles!

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Qatar Airways has announced that it is to adopt Avios as its reward currency.

From some point in late March (the rumoured date is 22nd March), the airline will drop Qmiles, the currency of its existing loyalty programme.

If you currently have a Qatar Privilege Club account, your existing Qmiles balance will be converted into Avios at the rate of 1:1.

Qatar Airways to adopt Avios, drop Qmiles

You can find out more on the Qatar Airways website here.

If you have a Qatar Privilege Club account, note that Qpoints and Qcredits will not change. There will also be no change to the current Qmiles expiry rules when the currency switches to Avios.

What does this mean to UK Avios collectors?

It’s not clear yet.

The announcement this morning has been done to give Privilege Club members the required advanced notice of major changes to the programme.

There will be a further announcement in a couple of weeks which will let us know exactly how the new relationship will work in practice.

You can, of course, already use Avios to book flights on Qatar Airways. To that extent, this is not a revolutionary change.

We don’t know if it will be possible to use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move Avios directly to and from British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Privilege Club. Even if you can, why would you? The benefits won’t be totally clear until we compare reward charts, taxes and charges.

Qatar Airways has promised its members (see the Q&A here) that its own reward charts will be unchanged.

Qatar Airways to adopt Avios, drop Qmiles

If you can move Avios between the programmes, it will open up new partnership opportunities. You can convert Qmiles into Accor Live Limitless points, for example, so it may soon be possible to move Avios into Accor points. Privilege Club has different hotel and car hire partners to British Airways, which would broaden your collecting opportunities.

Some readers may find it more profitable to credit flights to Privilege Club and not Executive Club. Unless the schemes are fully aligned, certain classes of ticket on certain airlines will earn more Avios in one scheme than the other. Some readers may find they want to earn status in Privilege Club instead of Executive Club, given that they no longer need to give up earning Avios to do so.

We’ll obviously be looking at all this in detail as more information emerges.

All we know officially for now is that:

“IAG Loyalty and Qatar Airways are working to introduce new customer benefits from the partnership, as well as more ways to earn and collect Avios around the world in the coming months.”

Qatar Airways adopts Avios

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, said:

“The transition from Qmiles to Avios marks a ground-breaking new era for Privilege Club, enabling our loyal members to participate in the most compelling loyalty network and the largest portfolio of partners in the industry. As the World’s Best Airline, Qatar Airways continues to redefine loyalty through the adoption of exciting digital innovations to create unique world-class experiences for our members. We look forward to revealing more details of this exciting change over the coming weeks, as we explore even more ways to reward our valued members both on and off the ground.”

For clarity, Qatar Airways is not buying an equity stake in IAG Loyalty. It will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of International Airlines Group. It’s not clear, economically, how the swap from Qmiles to Avios will be treated in terms of the Qatar Airways balance sheet.

You can find out more on this special Avios page of the Qatar Airways website.

PS. Here’s something you can do whilst you wait

Qatar Privilege Club is, until 31st March, offering 2,000 Qmiles as a bonus for signing up.

You don’t need to take a flight. You receive the Qmiles immediately.

In late March, these 2,000 Qmiles will become 2,000 Avios. There is a good chance that you will be able to move them across to British Airways Executive Club.

If you DO take a Qatar Airways flight before 30th September, however, you will earn between 3,000 and 5,000 additional bonus Qmiles depending on your travel class.

You can sign up for Qatar Privilege Club and pick up your 2,000 free Qmiles by clicking here.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(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 (152)

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  • Tarmohamed says:

    Can we get a Capital On Tap offer now as this is one reason why I’d join….

  • Paulie says:

    Thanks for this article, Rob! For me, it was also not allowing to login right away. So I went with the suggestion to wait for their verification email and then immediately navigated to the login and “forgot my password”. Then used the same password as the reset and it texted me a verification code and set the verification code and was logged in successfully.

  • RTS says:

    if you use FLYQR3 you get 2,5k points… saw this after i signed up.

  • Doommonger says:

    Despite living only 15 miles from Luton airport, I have always preferred to use either LHR or LCY However, after many years of avoiding it, used it again yesterday for a last minute business trip to Amsterdam.

    The Good, hugely improved immigration and security process, shopping experience improved.

    The Bad, £35 to park for a day in mid term, no shuttle bus to take passengers to terminal. Alternative £61 is to park in new multi storey 5 mins from terminal.
    Aspire lounge doesn’t open until after 6.00am.

    The Ugly, nowhere near enough toilets for greatly expanded airport, exacerbated by half of them being closed/ out of service, and lets face a last minute dump is part of a lot of our routines before a flight.

    That is all.

    • Aston100 says:

      Dear Doomy, isn’t it better to try and hold it in until you’re onboard, at which point you can christen the nearest toilet?

    • The Original Nick. says:

      I’ve used to park at the Courtyard by Marriott at Luton for £9/night. Just a short walk up to the terminal. I was stopping at the HI across the road for the night then going away for the weekend and left my car for the £9/night. Not sure if it’s still possible on Justpark though but worth a look next time.

  • James says:

    I presume Qatar are buying the Avios that will be issued and using this as a way to prop up IAG without it increasing their stake and without adding to IAG’s debt.

    • Rob says:

      I did mention this elsewhere online yesterday as an option. That said, why not just buy a large stake in IAG Loyalty instead? Could have raised £1-2bn easily.

  • swifty says:

    thanks for forfoxxsake, worked

  • TarbeDriver says:

    I’ve been trying to join up and the box entitled Enrolment Code is greyed out and the Promo Code JOINPC1 cannot be changed. I used HfP’s link which is possibly the reason I cannot change it. I’m going to try a different approach to see if I am successful.

  • Gael says:

    I am also getting Enrolment Code greyed out and cannot enter a Promo Code

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