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How do Qatar Airways ‘double Avios’ Flexi Awards work?

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Back in March, Qatar Airways announced that it was adopting Avios as its loyalty currency. You can now link your British Airways and Qatar Privilege Club accounts via the method we explain here and book Avios flights via the Qatar Airways website.

In most cases, however, you don’t need to book Qatar Airways redemptions via qatarairways.com. The same seats, with the same taxes and charges, are available via ba.com.

One exception is ‘double Avios’ redemptions.

Qatar Airways has its own equivalent of the British Airways ‘double Avios for extra availability’ scheme, although there are significant differences.

Using double Avios on British Airways

The BA ‘double Avios’ scheme is called the Gold Priority Reward, explained in this HfP article.

In simple terms:

  • only Gold members of British Airways Executive Club can use it
  • you can book any seat, on any flight, for double the normal amount of Avios
  • you can book for anyone, not just yourself
  • you must book 30 days in advance
  • only British Airways flights are available
  • you can only book by telephone

Using double Avios on Qatar Airways

The Qatar Airways version works totally differently:

  • any member of Qatar Privilege Club can use it, regardless of status
  • you can book seats on SELECTED flights for double the normal amount of Avios
  • you can book for anyone, not just yourself
  • only Qatar Airways flights are available
  • you can book online

Here is an example from the Qatar Airways website:

This is a flight from Heathrow to Melbourne for next May.

As you can see, no seats are available in Business Class for the first option. However, you can still book the second option.

Note the little green ‘Q2’ logo in the corner of the Business Class box for the second option. This means that you can book these seats, but it will cost you double the usual number of Avios.

In this case, for a one-way Business Class flight from London to Melbourne, the cost doubles from 90,000 Avios to 180,000 Avios, plus £402 of taxes and charges.

Here is ba.com for the same dates:

No Avios seats are available on Qatar Airways via ba.com because these ‘Q2’ seats come from additional availability that Qatar Airways reserves for its own members and offers for double Avios.

Is this good value? It’s up to you. In general, the ‘double Avios’ seats are not cheap but if you are Avios-rich and cash-poor you may get good value.

You also, of course, retain the flexibility to cancel your ticket and rebook should an Avios seat at the standard price level appear later.


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 (17)

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  • Dragonfly says:

    We did this. One F award seat on QR flight booked with AA miles (this was shown available in BA as well as QR). One F award seat the same day on QR flight booked with avios transferred from BA to QR (availability not shown on BA, only on QR). QR only released one F award seat for each flight for itself and all partners, at normal avios. Further award seat is double avios. We could have booked one F on one day and another F the next day at normal avios – but this means one of us has to wait a day for the other. We had avios so we spent it in order to travel the same day.

  • JFSV says:

    I am BAEC Silver and I also generally see those “Q2” seats when looking for flight rewards in Qatar’s website. I just run a dummy search for those same dates for LHR-MEL to confirm what I thought and I see some seats priced at 90k avios, as well as those with the Q2 tag for 180k avios.

  • Paul says:

    Anyone else noticed a significant shift in award availability for Australian cities – Doha recently? Was looking for next May/June and seemed plentiful only a few weeks back but now all gone – wondering if I was just too slow and it’s all genuinely been booked, or whether it’s been pulled (or – cynically – reserved for those willing to pay double per this article).

    • JDB says:

      Yes! I was looking to book a cash ticket for next April/May and from when I first looked in May to when I ultimately booked, seats had been taken, looking at the different buckets on ExpertFlyer and fares had gone up from all European cities. Eventually I found a double open jaw that dramatically reduced the cost. I did look at Avios as well and I noticed that the availability on the Doha – Australia leg varied depending on the origin, on the same flights and in both directions. I have come across this with Iberia to LAm cities where no J directly from Madrid, but could find seats if starting in domestic cities or Nice.

      Doesn’t really help for Avios, but there generally seemed to be better availability to ADL/BNE vs SYD/MEL.

      • WaynedP says:

        I’m looking for 2-3 week duration J class cash fare on Qatar to BNE sometime mid-May to mid-June next year for OH and me to visit my brother for his 50th, but am holding out for something sub 5k to come along in a sale.

        Best options appear to be ex-CPH or ex-OSL to either BNE direct or via MEL, but still 6.5k+

        What made you pull the trigger before any potential sale reduction, JDB ?

        • JDB says:

          @WaynedP I didn’t want to wait forever and the fares had been creeping up from already highish levels so even in a sale, if one turns up, not sure I would get a much better price. In the end I booked from ARN to SYD and return MEL to CPH. For some reason, this worked out significantly cheaper than doing a return or open jaw from either city, and it was for a higher one of the four categories of J fare available which was ‘comfort’, neither of the two lower ones being available booking it like this, rather than RT or SOJ. It cost me £3,050 including the FX fees; I’m sure someone will tell me they booked via Timbuktu for £9.99 return, but I was happy!

          • WaynedP says:

            Thanks @JDB, I’m guessing that’s for one pax and you got the dates you specifically wanted.

            Hadn’t thought of pricing two singles, because generally they end up more expensive than a return, but will look out for that now, and will keep holding out for a while longer in the hope that prices start to come down.

            I agree though, once I buy at a price I’m personally happy with, then it’s entirely immaterial what relative bargains other people have managed to bag.

            Appreciate your help, thx !

          • JDB says:

            I didn’t book it as two singles, I used the QR multi city and yes, it was for one person who has a three week pink ticket for next April/May!

          • WaynedP says:

            Ahh, QR multi-city … will investigate, thx. You must have spent ages going through QR website. All my research so far has been on the much more user-friendly Google Flights, although I acknowledge that not all fares shown there translate into reality when you go to airline’s own booking website.

            Don’t know what you mean by “pink ticket” though, but I hope you have a fantastic trip.

            It will be our first to Oz, and will be nice to celebrate my brother’s 50th on his turf for a change. Plan A is QR J with aim to extend what will be soft landing Silver BAEC status in 2023 through to 2024. There already seem to be several cheaper plan B options with *A airlines if no QR sale or if prices remain stubbornly high beyond the critical “5 months away” threshold. Still have time to hold out for a while.

          • JDB says:

            @WaynedP oh dear, sorry, showing my age re ‘pink ticket’ and also could perhaps be misconstrued these days. I think it may have naval origins, but it’s permission from one’s wife to go out carousing without them being invited! Seeing very old friend to celebrate our 60ths.

          • WaynedP says:

            Delightful, enjoy !

            Thx for clarification. One has learnt not to make any presumptions in these times. It’s safer just to be open about one’s ignorance.

    • Paul says:

      Driven in large art by the complete absence of availability on BA so people look elsewhere and for other options. Especially as Avios can transfer and QR is a much better experience

  • sayling says:

    A 142 scheme, rather than a 241 voucher scheme. Interesting

  • Patty says:

    Have people had trouble with Qatar Airways IT system? Couldn’t log in and was told on the phone that my account was “suspended”. The customer service lady couldn’t unlock it and she had to email her IT to investigate. The whole thing might take several days and she doesn’t know why. I only created the account in late March and connected with BA account. It seems QA has just as bad IT as BA!

    • Neil says:

      This happened to me recently. On a search of the web it has happened to several others too who only opened a Privilege Club account when QR switched to Avios (as I did). It’s been weeks since my account was ‘suspended’ and every time I call they just say they don’t know why and to call back in 48 hours. I call back and the cycle repeats. If anyone else has been in this position and has had their account unlocked it would be great to hear what they did!

  • Catherine says:

    Does anyone know whether I can use my BA Companion Voucher to book a Qatar flight from London to Abu Dhabi (via Doha)? Me and my husband have a safari booked in Tanzania September 2023 so still need to book flights. V happy when Qatar started using Avios and would ideally like to book 2 business class flights using a 241 voucher and Avios, although prepared to pay cash (reluctantly!) if can’t get Avios flights.

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