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What new airlines can you earn and spend Avios with via Qatar Privilege Club?

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Back in March, Qatar Airways officially adopted Avios as its frequent flyer currency. Qmiles are no more.

You can now link your British Airways Executive Club account with your Qatar Privilege Club account and move Avios back and forth at a 1:1 ratio. Our ‘how to’ guide to account linking is here.

If you think ‘so what?’ because you could already book Qatar Airways flights via British Airways Executive Club, you need to think again. A lot of new Avios earning options with partners are now available, as long as you open a Qatar Privilege Club account.

Earn avios from airlines via Qatar Privilege Club

We have already written about how you can earn Avios with Europcar, Hertz and Sixt via Qatar Privilege Club.

In this article I want to look at how you now have additional airline partners for earning and spending Avios.

We’ve already looked at Virgin Australia

Last week we told you how Qatar Airways is about to launch a new partnership with Virgin Australia. From July, you will be able to earn and redeem Avios with Virgin Australia via Qatar Privilege Club, using ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points to and from your British Airways account.

Read the linked article above to find out more about how this will work.

Qatar Airways brings new airline partners to Avios

You can find details of all Qatar Privilege Club partners – cars, airlines, hotels, the lot – on this page of the Qatar Airways website.

I will ignore all of the partners in the oneworld alliance, since you can already earn and spend Avios with them via British Airways Executive Club.

Using Avios on Bangkok Airways

Earn and spend Avios with Bangkok Airways

British Airways has an existing codeshare deal with Bangkok Airways, but it is only valid when you book a connection to or from a British Airways flight to Bangkok and the flight carries a BA flight number. You won’t be doing this until at least April 2023 as Bangkok flights are cancelled for the Winter season (BA still hasn’t notified customers about this ……).

Qatar Airways is far more flexible. You can earn Avios in Qatar Privilege Club on ALL Bangkok Airways flights.

You can also redeem Avios for Bangkok Airways flights via Qatar Privilege Club.

Earn Avios with jetBlue

This is very interesting, given that jetBlue is now flying from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Boston and New York.

Whilst jetBlue has a partnership with American Airlines, the transatlantic routes are excluded from mileage earning on competition grounds.

As far as we can tell, the jetBlue transatlantic routes are NOT excluded from earning Avios in Qatar Privilege Club. This is potentially very attractive, letting you take advantage of jetBlue’s impressive business and economy class service – and attractive fares – whilst still earning Avios.

Note that you cannot spend Avios on jetBlue flights via Qatar Privilege Club – only earn them.

Earn and spend Avios with LATAM

Latin American carrier LATAM was part of oneworld, and so an Avios earning and redeeming partner, until 2020. It resigned after receiving a financial injection from Delta Air Lines, which also took an equity stake.

Despite leaving oneworld, you can still earn Avios in British Airways Executive Club when flying with LATAM. You will not earn tier points and certain domestic routes are excluded.

There are no stated exclusions to earning Avios in Qatar Privilege Club, so in some circumstances you may need to credit your LATAM flight to Qatar Airways and not British Airways to earn Avios.

You can redeem Avios on LATAM flights via Qatar Privilege Club. This is no longer possible via British Airways Executive Club.

Earn Avios with Middle East Airlines

Earn and spend Avios with Middle East Airlines

Middle East Airlines is the national airline of Lebanon.

You can both earn and redeem Avios on MEA via Qatar Privilege Club.

Earn and spend Avios with Oman Air (on one route!)

With British Airways no longer flying to Muscat, and Oman becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, this could have been an attractive new redemption option for Avios collectors.

Unfortunately, the partnership between Oman Air and Qatar Airways is very limited. You can only earn and redeem Avios on flights between Doha and Muscat.

Earn and spend Avios with RwandAir

The final Qatar Airways non-oneworld airline partnership is with RwandAir, based in Kigali. This is a very small carrier with just 12 aircraft although – as the airline flies to London Heathrow via a stop in Brussels – it may be an interesting alternative for anyone planning a trip to Africa.

You can earn and redeem Avios on RwandAir via Qatar Privilege Club.

Conclusion

Whilst you can’t earn British Airways Executive Club tier points from the airlines above, the adoption of Avios by Qatar Airways means that you can now earn and spend Avios on another FIVE airlines:

  • Bangkok Airways
  • LATAM
  • Middle East Airlines
  • RwandAir
  • Virgin Australia (from later in 2022)

You can also earn, but not spend, Avios with jetBlue and earn and spend Avios with Oman Air on the Doha – Muscat route.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 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 (26)

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  • Marcin says:

    very interesting & helpful article – more like that please! thank you! 🙂

  • marcw says:

    LATAM is an IbPlus Avios earn and burn partner.

    • Alex W says:

      But IB partner redemptions are usually non-refundable, unless LATAM is different?
      If LATAM redemptions are refundable on Qatar then that would be great news for planning a RTW trip itinerary.

  • Vasco says:

    I can’t get my BA and Qatar accounts to connect so I can transfer Avios. My name, DOB etc all match. Should I phone to get this sorted, and if so, do I phone Qatar or BA?

    • Rob says:

      If you send Qatar a passport copy they seem to be able to fix it. Any sort of punctuation, comma, hyphen in your name and you are screwed.

      • ADS says:

        I’ve got a hyphen in my family name, and was prevented from linking Avios accounts when I opened my Qatar Privilege account.

        I just tried it again, and bingo – it now works (and no need to send Qatar a copy of my passport).

        Maybe I got lucky, but to all the other hyphens and apostrophes out there – worth giving it another bash!

        • Marcw says:

          They send a notification that the linking is more “relaxed” as it doesn’t account for special characters.
          My account linking also works now – previously it didn’t.

  • Ken says:

    Does anyone else have an issue when trying to make redemption bookings on non-Qatar airlines from their privilege club account?

    I get the message ‘operation not allowed’ and cannot make a reward search.

    • marcw says:

      I think you have to submit your request in writing for non-QR and non-BA flights.
      At least, that’s how it used to be.

  • Jack says:

    Still can’t use Avios to redeem on Fiji Airways though, even when American Airlines / Qantas show reward availability, no way to book this if you have only Avios.

  • Fraser says:

    Has anyone had there “account suspended” with Qatar? Called their customer services 3 times and now written a complaint. No one can tell me why, I’m just told the back office are trying to figure out why it’s happened. BA customer service might take time, but at least the staff seem to be able to take responsibly when you speak to someone.

  • ADS says:

    Re LATAM “You will not earn tier points and certain domestic routes are excluded”

    The BA website is very vague about the details, and has different notes about “Avios and Tier Points are not available on flights operating wholly within Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador” but doesn’t say what these relate to.

    Anybody know if there’s anywhere with proper details about the restrictions ?

    • Rob says:

      I assumed it related to domestic LATAM flights within those countries?

  • mattnav_travel says:

    So are these redemption partners bookable via the Qatar website or do you have to call to book them? Also any suggestions for researching award space for say Rwandair?

    • Rob says:

      Looks like you submit an online form as a request. A starting point would be registering for the RwandAir programme and finding dates they let you redeem for their own members and then seeing if Qatar gets access to the same.

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