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How to link your Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club Avios accounts

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We are running three articles today covering the launch of the Qatar Privilege Club and Avios partnership.

Our introductory piece on the benefits of linking our your British Airways Executive Club account to your Qatar Privilege Club account is here.

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

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.

Sign up at this page.

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:

Qatar Avios link account

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.

Qatar link your avios accounts

Step 2: log in to your BA Executive Club account

Clicking the button will redirect you to a login page on You may have to verify your login with two factor authentication.

link your Qatar Privilege Club and BA Executive Club accounts

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:

Qatar link avios account 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.

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Comments (217)

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  • Guy Incognito says:

    This is fantastic news.

    Qatar’s family programme seems to offer the same options as BA’s household account, so I’m guessing I link my BA account to my Qatar one and my wife does the same…

    • Rob says:

      We haven’t tried this yet, so you’re doing it at your own risk 🙂

      • darran says:

        Rob, Apologies if this has already been answered- Have linked my BA exec account and all worked fine. Should I now register my wife’s BA exec number, even though she is part of my BA household account? And, if so, will I get 2,500 Avios again? many thanks

  • VINZ says:

    This is fantastic!
    I didn’t know I had 4,200 avios in my Qatar account earned in 2013 and still there! Just combined them… 🙂

  • ChrisC says:

    Well that was easy enough. The 2,500 avios in the account already.

  • RussellH says:

    It did not work quite as described for me.

    1. As soon as I logged in to my new Qatar a/c from last week (that had already given me 2000 free avios), there was a series of boxes to click on to get me to the linking page.

    2. After linking, there was a not easy to see link that I had to click on and get a second SMS code from BA before I could see my BA avios on the Qatar page.

  • PL says:

    Tried to link my account to BAEC but I’m getting a message that my details don’t match. Not sure what the problem is

    • ChrisC says:

      ‘Your personal details registered on your accounts do not match. Find out more information here’

      clicks link then ‘check personal details’ ..

      absolutly no help at all at saying what doesn’t match!

  • Chris_H says:

    I’m constantly getting the message ‘The personal details registered on your accounts do not match.’ – even though they’re identical – I’ll have to contact the customer services.

  • Philip says:

    Hmm I signed up to Qatar when you previously mentioned this and I got 2000 bonus points!

  • Tony says:

    Both uBlock and WebMarshal block the link for the sign up. Perhaps better to extract the real URL and go to the Qatar site directly.

    • VerdantBacon says:

      Likely blocked due to the link being an affiliate link that gives HFP a kickback, considering this site is free to use, I don’t think it will hurt readers too much to click an affiliate link every now and then

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