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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 from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (152)

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  • Gordon says:

    I’m having the Same issues as others on here, Having trouble inputting details website not the best, So changing from iPad to P.C. See if that helps 🙄

  • Ian says:

    Used the code in the link, but got zero points for my wife.

    Already had an account and although wasn’t in the Privilege club when I tried to join I didn’t get the validation email.

    So used a different email and phone number using code FLYQR3 for me and got 2,500 instantly.

  • yonasl says:

    For those struggling to sign in. Use your PC/Mac … it didn’t work for me on my iPhone (I managed to create the account but then could not log in).

    • Gordon says:

      Yes agree, After so many attempts at trying to create account, would not even let me input my country code just had a red ? Every time….

  • PaulD says:

    Hopefully Qatar Heathrow Lounges re-open when T4 does in July

  • swifty says:

    sign up and verify email addy and then cant log in, anyone else has this and what have they done to fix pls?

    • FFoxSake says:

      see my reply below at 11:18 (basically just do a password reset to the same password that you originally set up).

  • Blindman67 says:

    I have a code share flight booked on BA using my exec number that is flown both legs with Qatar to OZ

    Just signed up to Qatar and got the 2500 points

    Is it worth changing my booking details to use my new Qatar membership details?
    I think there is a bonus of 3000 points for an economy booking and I may be able to upgrade to business at the airport?

    Just a thought.

    • Yona says:

      Well, we still don’t know if you will be able to move Avios around. You may end up with some points stuck on the Qatar system you won’t be able to use (assuming most of your Avios are with BA)

  • Kenny says:

    Anyone know if we will see any c. £1k business class sales with Qatar again and if this will affect the likelihood?

    • Rob says:

      From the UK, those stopped on the day that Qatar and BA signed a revenue sharing deal on flights between the UK and Doha.

      • Lady London says:

        Ahhhhh……so that’s why they stopped.

        Thanks for saying this Rob.

        So who says cartel arrangements like this one that’s thrown light on why all the decent promo fares disappeared on Qatar from the UK, don’t lead to higher prices for consumers?

        And this is only 1-to-1 agreement. Just Qatar and BA involved.

        Let’s turn to the Transatlantic cartel, er…I mean the Transatlantic Agreement, colluded in by BA and at least 3 other airlines. Who says the regulator should allow that cartel, er sorry again I mean agreement, to be renewed when it comes up for renewal around 2024?

  • FFoxSake says:

    Had 500 old orphaned points in my Qatar Privilege Club, so went to profile (on PC) and deleted the account.
    Then signed up again using same email and same password and promo code FLYQR3.
    After email verification it wouldn’t let me log in, so I tried a password reset from the login screen. Password was “changed” to the same as what I just used to create with.
    All good – 2500 fresh miles on the account with a 2025 end date.

    • Charlie says:

      How do you delete your account? Can’t figure it out

      • MinR says:

        There is the ‘delete account’ under your profile on the web/PC at least. Don’t see it on the app.

        And thanks @FFoxSake – got the 2500 after doing what you did 🙂

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