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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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  • Shirley MH says:

    Could not link as my name is hyphenated! My husband keeps getting the message that he can’t link despite the same name on each account. Most frustrating!

  • Olivia says:

    Another +1 for struggling to link accounts. For some reason my middle name with BA is all in small case (think my father set my account up before I studied abroad hence the bad grammar..) never thought twice about it and had my account for years with no problems. However is Qatar’s tech potentially even worse than BA’s not allowing to link on that? Incredibly frustrating.

    • Rob says:

      The IT required to see if two items match is massively easier to implement than the tech needed to try to match spelling mistakes, upper/lower case errors, hyphens etc.

  • Ruth4325 says:

    Struggling to link my accounts as for some reason (probably user error) the d.o.b. On my Qatar account is one day out from my actual d.o.b. And therefore doesn’t match my exec club account. I tried to update my Qatar profile but it won’t allow me to change the d.o.b. – anyone know if there’s a way I can do this?

  • Aston100 says:

    So I’ve linked my account no problem.
    Is there a way to access the all the Avios from the BA HHA in order to make a QR booking for two members of that HHA?

    I can try linking player 2’s accounts but would ideally like to access the combined avios.


  • Sarah van Dyke says:

    Has anyone found a solution to having exceeded the number of times you can link your accounts yet?

  • Deborah S says:

    Ah, but what about my household account avios which are much higher than mine alone. Will Qatar allow household accounts?

    • Rob says:

      There is a family account but I haven’t checked how they work yet.

      In theory, however, anything bookable on the Qatar site – unless it is marked ‘x2’ and needs double Avios – should be bookable on via a HHA.

  • LM says:

    I’ve started four accounts and deleted three of them and I still can’t get them to link. Appears two middle names are a confusing thing to websites.

  • Sam says:

    Link My Account is now a 404 error?

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