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.
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 hotel partners for earning Avios.
Qatar Airways brings new hotel 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.
Earn Avios with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts is no longer a British Airways Executive Club partner. You can still earn Avios, however, via Qatar Privilege Club.
You earn 500 Avios per qualifying stay at participating Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Kerry Hotels, JEN and Traders Hotels.
If you choose to earn Shangri-La Circle points instead, you can convert those to Avios in Qatar Privilege Club at a 1:1 ratio. The minimum transfer is 1,000 Circle points.
Additional conversions can be made in increments of 500 Shangri-La Circle Points.
Earn Avios with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
This is confusing. Qatar Privilege Club claims that it is a partner with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, which has a strong UK presence.
If you go to the Millennium & Copthorne website, however Qatar Privilege Club is not listed under airline partners.
Assuming that the Qatar Privilege Club website is correct, you earn 500 Avios for every eligible stay. You would choose Avios instead of ‘My Millennium’ points.
Earn Avios with Rotana Hotels & Resorts
Rotana manages over 100 properties throughout the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Turkey. Brands include Rotana Hotels & Resorts, Centro Hotels by Rotana, Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana, Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana and The Residences by Rotana.
You earn 500 Avios in Qatar Privilege Club for eligible stay in Rotana Hotels and 250 Avios for eligible stay in Rotana’s Suites and Resorts.
Earn Avios with Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels comprises nine separate properties, none larger than 37 rooms, spread across Souq Waqif in Doha.
You will earn 500 Avios for booking a stay in a suite room. A two nights minimum stay is required and stays must be booked via the SWBH website.
Earn Avios with Centara Hotels & Resorts
Centara Hotels & Resorts is a leading Thai hotel operator with 88 properties. As well as Thailand it can also be found in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, China, Japan, Oman, Qatar, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia and the UAE.
There are six brands: Centara Reserve, Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara and COSI Hotels.
You need to credit your stay to Centara’s own loyalty scheme, CentaraThe1. Points can be transferred to Avios at the rate of 5,000 CentaraThe1 points to 300 Avios.
The Centara website has more details about the partnership here.
We need to be honest – Qatar Privilege Club hasn’t brought a huge amount to the table in terms of new Avios hotel partners.
The key one, clearly, is Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts which is now an Avios partner once again. This fills the gap left by the exit of British Airways.
Millennium & Copthorne is also a useful addition, although – given that Qatar Privilege Club is not listed on the M&C website – it remains to be confirmed if this partnership is still active.
You can find more details on all of these partnerships, plus the airline and car rental partnerships, on this page of the Qatar Privilege Club website.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.