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How a weird ‘Combine My Avios’ quirk lets you move Avios from one person to another for free

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When Qatar Privilege Club adopted Avios as its loyalty currency a few months ago, it introduced its own version of ‘Combine My Avios’.

This allows you to move Avios from your British Airways Executive Club account – instantly and for free – to a Qatar Privilege Club account. You can also move Avios in the other direction.

You don’t necessarily need to do this to book redemption flights on Qatar Airways, as the Avios costs and charges for Qatar Airways flights are now identical if you book via ba.com.

You do need to have Avios in Qatar Privilege Club if, for example:

  • you want to upgrade Qatar Airways flights
  • you want to do a ‘double Avios’ redemption for Qatar flights with no standard reward availability or

All of these transactions can only be done via the Qatar Airways website using a Qatar Privilege Club Avios balance.

Strange things happen when you move Avios to and from Qatar Privilege Club

Let me start by saying that what we are about to cover only applies to people who are in a British Airways Household Account.

Here is my wife’s Avios account in British Airways Executive Club:

This is what happens when my wife moves 1,000 Avios to Qatar Privilege Club:

Her Avios balance does NOT drop by 1,000. It drops by 382. This is because she is in a Household Account with me and, for some weird reason, BA Executive Club pro-ratas transfers into Qatar Privilege Club. The other 618 Avios were taken from my account.

This is not normal. Historically, when you did ‘Combine My Avios’, the Avios were taken ONLY from the account of the person making the move, not from all of the participants in the Household Account.

However, here’s the truly weird bit.

Look what happens when she moves the 1,000 Avios from Qatar Privilege Club back to British Airways Executive Club:

All 1,000 Avios go directly back to her British Airways Executive Club account. None are returned to me, even though I contributed 618 of those Avios in the first place!

Put another way, 618 Avios have been transferred from my account to my wife’s account without any transfer fees being paid.

You could take advantage of this to move Avios from other members of your Household Account to yourself – useful if you don’t necessarily want to be in a Household Account but were only in it because you were trying to drain Avios from the account of another member.

Thanks to Dan for this.

PS. If you are a British Airways Executive Club Gold member, remember that you can send 27,000 Avios to up to six different people each year without paying any transfer fees – no need to mess about with things like this.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 (37)

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  • Flash says:

    You mention this in the article but I can’t seem to find any info about it on the Qatar website:

    “you want to do a ‘double Avios’ redemption for Qatar flights with no standard reward availability or”

    Is this the same as BA Gold double avios redemptions and any links to further details?

    • Rob says:

      Do a dummy booking for a route and you will see flights with a green ‘x2’ sign in the corner. These are ‘double Avios’ seats which you can only book via Qatar Privilege Club (they don’t show on ba.com or other oneworld partners) and which price at double Avios.

  • pureshtuyot says:

    as already commented above “combine my avios” hasn’t been working for me for a while.
    Having a BA HHA wasn’t the loophole to transfer to Iberia via Avios.com? but that’s also not working

    • neuromancer says:

      Yes, usually via avios.com, but not working for some weeks. avios.com to Iberia is still working, BA bit is not.

  • vol says:

    @Rob – is there some kind of glitch? The Avios don’t seem to transfer 1:1(?!!)

    Is there some kind of Avios deduction or ‘charge’ for transferring Avios?

    According to the BA website, I made a total of 129,000 of transfers from BA to Qatar, so there is about 10k Avios missing, and I only have 119,956 in the account

    Not happy about that.

    Anyone else noticed this, or is it just me 🙁

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