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Which new hotel chains can you earn 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 hotels via Qatar Privilege Club

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

We’ve also covered the new airlines with who you can now earn and spend Avios thanks to this Qatar Airways partnership.

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.

Shangri-La The Shard London earning Avios

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

Conclusion

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.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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 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 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (10)

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  • George K says:

    Linking the accounts has been a painfully unsuccessful process for me. Even though it would get to the linking page OK, it just wouldn’t do it. Emailed BA, who said that the names didn’t match (they did) but thought I might as well get Qatar to merge my middle with my first name. This clearly caused more trouble as now it won’t even go to the linking page without a generic ‘something went wrong’ error.

    Requesting name changes isn’t exactly easy either (and neither it should be…) so not sure how many permutations I can try with Qatar before the data matches.

    ..Sigh..

  • rob keane says:

    “Which new hotel chains can you EARN and SPEND Avios with via Qatar Privilege Club?”

    Requiring the entire article to be read to realise that nowhere in it does it mention SPENDING avios at hotel chains via Qatar Privilege Club ?

    Is it simply to get clicks that article titles are misleading as to the content.

    • Rob says:

      No, it’s a typo, because we copied the equivalent article from a few weeks ago about airline partners (since the opening paragraphs didn’t need to change) and forgot to change the headline.

      Princess Diana wasn’t killed by the Secret Service either. I’ve never understood why people assume conspiracy is more common than incompetence 🙂

      • rob keane says:

        Princess Di killed by secret serivce has no basis in fact.

        Misleading or obtuse Blog article titles for the purposes of generating clicks are commonplace and hardly a conspiracy theory.

        But good to see the response 🙂

      • KevinS says:

        “Princess Diana wasn’t killed by the Secret Service either”

        Yes, it was you know who.

        (Only joking by the way 😊)

  • James says:

    Hilton should also be on that list. A handful of Hilton brands also allow to earn points. For DT earns 10 avios per 1$ spend plus standard HH points earn.

  • C K Lee says:

    You’ve left out Accor

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