We are running three articles today covering the launch of the Qatar Privilege Club and Avios partnership.
We have produced this standalone article on how to link your British Airways and Qatar Airways accounts to give us an easy reference point for future articles.
How to link your Qatar Privilege Club and BA Executive Club accounts
Linking your Privilege Club and Executive Club accounts is the first step in transferring your Avios from one account to another, and being able to take advantage of the discounted redemptions and new partners that Qatar Airways offers.
The conversion rate is 1:1 and you can move your Avios back and forth, instantly, as many times as you want, for free.
The process is very easy and can be completed in three short steps:
Step 1: sign in to your Privilege Club account
If you don’t already have a Qatar Airways Privilege Club account you need to sign up for one first.
Note that children under 18 cannot join Privilege Club. There is no point altering their date of birth because you cannot link your account to British Airways without a date of birth match.
Once you have an account, head to the Qatar Airways Avios page. Click the ‘link my accounts’ button:
You are then redirected to another page which lets you link your British Airways Executive Club account. You cannot link an Iberia Plus or Aer Lingus AerClub account.
Make sure your personal details match on both accounts so you can link them smoothly. I am told by Qatar Airways that there must be a match of first name, surname and date of birth.
If you have issues and have a middle name, try putting it in the same field as your first name rather than the ‘middle name’ field. This fixes the issue for some people.
Step 2: log in to your BA Executive Club account
Clicking the button will redirect you to a login page on britishairways.com. You may have to verify your login with two factor authentication.
You are also given a special code that you are told to keep safe in case “you ever need to log in without your device” again. I believe this is a special code you can use if your two-factor authentication device is unavailable.
Step 3: Confirm and check your balance on Privilege Club
Once you’ve done that the process is completed and you return to the Qatar Airways site. You should see your full Avios balance. You can see both my Qatar Airways Avios balance as well as my British Airways Executive Account Avios balance:
Linking your accounts does not automatically mean that Privilege Club has access to any Avios in Executive Club. You still need to use the ‘Combine Avios’ tool to shift Avios between the two. This is a free and instantaneous process.
You can move your Avios in either direction, at 1:1, as many times as you like.
- What you will gain from the new Qatar Airways and Avios partnership (our introductory article)