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How to transfer Avios from BA to Qatar, Iberia, Aer Lingus or Vueling using ‘Combine My Avios’

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When Qatar Privilege Club started using Avios as its rewards currency in 2022, it became the fifth loyalty programme to adopt Avios. The others are British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Vueling Club and Aer Lingus AerClub.

Somewhat confusingly, the five different loyalty programmes don’t share an Avios ‘bank’. Instead, each individual account you have acts as a unique points bank. In theory, you could have a separate stash of Avios sitting with British Airways, Iberia, Qatar Airways and Aer Lingus / Vueling.

Moving Avios between the various programmes can be complicated because there isn’t one single way of doing it. Moving Avios from the Executive Club to Qatar Privilege Club is entirely different to moving Avios to AerClub. This guide should help.

Why should you want to move Avios between five different frequent flyer schemes?

As a Head for Points reader, you have a 90%+ chance of using British Airways Executive Club as your main Avios frequent flyer scheme. Why would you bother with the others?

The answers relate to both ‘earn’ and ‘burn’.

Each programme has its own unique partners. This is especially true with Qatar Airways, which has a huge list of partners (airline, hotel and car hire) for earning and spending Avios which are unique. The full list of ‘new’ partners Qatar Airways brings is here.

If you want to earn or spend Avios on Virgin Australia, for example, you need to do it via a Qatar Privilege Club account.

If you want to earn (but not spend) Avios from United Airlines flights, you can only do it via an Aer Lingus AerClub account.

There are plenty of other examples like this – here is an article showing all 30 airlines which you can book with Avios, and which frequent flyer scheme you need to use to do so.

By connecting your Avios accounts, you are able to transfer Avios back and forth as many times as you like between the different programmes. Each transfer is free and instantaneous.

Note that you will only be able to transfer Avios to other accounts in your name using this method. This article looks at how you can transfer Avios to another person.

Transfer Avios from British Airways to Qatar Privilege Club

How to transfer your Avios to/from Qatar Privilege Club

Before you can transfer your Avios to Qatar Airways or vice versa, you first need to link up your British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Privilege Club accounts. If you don’t already have a Qatar Privilege Club account, click here to open one.

(Make sure your personal details match on both accounts so you can link them smoothly. I am told by Qatar Airways that there must be a match of first name, surname and date of birth and I would suggest using the same email address too.)

Once you’ve opened a Privilege Club account, head to this page on the Qatar Airways website where you should see a prompt to connect your BA Executive Club account like this:

Qatar link your avios accounts

Once you’ve gone through the linking process you should be able to see your total Avios balance across both Privilege Club and Executive Club:

To initiate the transfer of Avios from Qatar Privilege Club to British Airways Executive Club or vice versa, click the ‘Combine Avios’ button under ‘More to explore’. It will take you to this page:

Qatar Airways British Airways combining transferring Avios

You can move as many or as few Avios as you like. You don’t have to transfer Avios in round numbers as the amount you transfer is a text field rather than a drop-down of options.

To transfer Avios from Qatar Airways to British Airways, just click on the reversible arrows.

Avios transfers between British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Privilege Club are instantaneous. Of course, you can always transfer them back if you change your mind.

Before you transfer Avios to Qatar Privilege Club ….

There’s one thing to note. In theory, you can book Qatar Airways redemptions on for the same number of Avios and the same taxes as you’ll find on the Qatar Airways website. You don’t need to move your Avios to Qatar Privilege Club, and there are some benefits (easier cancellation, easier changes) to booking via

Due to IT quirks, however, you may find different availability between the two sites so it is worth checking both. Qatar Airways also releases ‘double Avios’ redemptions where those who are willing to pay 2x the standard Avios rate get access to a wider pool of reward seats.

Want to transfer Avios from Iberia, Aer Lingus or Vueling to Qatar Privilege Club?

At present, you can only link a British Airways Executive Club account to Qatar Privilege Club.

If your Avios are with Iberia, Aer Lingus or Vueling, you would need to move them into a British Airways Executive Club account via the routes explained below and then transfer them from BA to Qatar Privilege Club.

How to transfer Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club

How to transfer Avios to/from Iberia Plus

The process for transferring Avios to Iberia Plus is similar, although there are a few more rules you need to be mindful of.

You can cannot move Avios into or out of an Iberia Plus account unless:

  • the Iberia Plus account is 90 days old and
  • the Iberia Plus has ‘earned’ at least 1 Avios

The easiest way to have the account ‘earn’ an Avios is to transfer 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points.  You could also credit a British Airways or oneworld flight to the account, credit an Avis or Budget car rental or transfer some hotel points.

If this applies to you, you need to wait until your Iberia Plus account meets both of the criteria above before carrying on with the transfer process. For this reason, we recommend opening an Iberia Plus account now, even if you don’t need it yet. You’ll thank us later.

Once you’ve got an Iberia Plus account that is over 90 days old and has earned at least one Avios you head head to the Iberia Combine My Avios page here.

Click on the button at the bottom and you’ll be taken to this page:

Iberia combine my Avios British Airways

Simply select which programme you’d like to transfer Avios to and log in with the details from that programme. (‘Avios Partners’ is for transfers to Aer Lingus and Vueling.)

You can select how many Avios to transfer, and in which direction (ie BA to Iberia or Iberia to BA):

Iberia combine my Avios British Airways

That’s it. The Avios should transfer immediately.

If this process doesn’t work, it may be that there is a mismatch with your personal details on both accounts. Make sure that your date of birth, first name, second name and email address are identical.

If you want to transfer Avios to/from Qatar Privilege Club to Iberia Plus, you need to transfer them to a British Airways Executive Club account as an intermediary step. It cannot be done in a single transfer.

How to transfer Avios from Aer Lingus AerClub to British Airways Executive Club

How to transfer Avios to Aer Lingus AerClub or Vueling Club

Due to the size of the airlines and their redemption opportunities you’re less likely to need to transfer Avios to Aer Lingus AerClub or Vueling Club, but we’ve included them for completeness.

Here are a few reasons why you may need an Aer Lingus or Vueling account:

  • you are booking a cash flight on Aer Lingus or Vueling and want to part-pay the flight using Avios (you can pay 100% of the cost using Avios, including taxes and charges – your flight can be genuinely ‘free’)
  • you are flying a heavily discounted Aer Lingus flight, which is likely to earn zero Avios if credited to British Airways Executive Club but will earn in Aer Lingus AerClub
  • you are flying on Vueling, which only earns Avios when credited to Vueling Club

Here’s an important point to note: Aer Lingus AerClub accounts are the same as Vueling Club accounts. Only the branding is different – both have account numbers starting 3081xxxxxxxxxxx. You can log in with either at or and it will pull up your Avios balance. There is no reason why you would need a separate AerClub and Vueling Club account.

Unlike British Airways, Iberia or Qatar Airways, neither Aer Lingus nor Vueling manage their own Avios redemption infrastructure. Instead, it is centralised on

If you don’t already have an Aer Lingus AerClub account, open one here. Alternatively, you can open a Vueling Club account here. Make sure to use the same date of birth, name, address and email address as your other Avios accounts.

Once that’s set up you can head to and log in using the same credentials.

After logging in, click on ‘Manage my account’ to bring up the following menu:

Combine My Avios

Once again, you’ll want to click on ‘Combine my Avios’. You’ll then get the option to transfer Avios from either your BA Executive Club account or Iberia Plus:

Combine My Avios

The process is the same as for Iberia Plus: you simply log into your Iberia or British Airways account, select how many Avios you want to transfer and in which direction and click through to the confirmation page. The transfer is free and instant.


Moving your Avios between the five different frequent flyer schemes which use it is – by far – not as simple as it could be.

On the upside, because each programme has a high degree of independence, it is able to cut its own partnership deals and have its own flight redemption structure. This allows the switched-on flyer to benefit from the sweet spots that each programme offers.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

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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.

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Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 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 (66)

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  • BC8 says:

    If your BA and Qatar accounts are linked – you do not need to transfer between the two. My last redemption booking on Qatar first used any avios in my Qatar account, and then automatically took the remainder from my BA account.

  • Miguel says:

    Hi Rhys. Long time reader here from Spain.

    It’s funny you posted this precisely today. Just one week ago, on Monday February 13 I tried to move my Avios from BA to my account in Iberia Plus using the Combine My Avios option at BA’s website, but after confirming the amount I wanted to transfer (in this case, the total amount: 72082 Avios) I got an error message saying that Combine My Avios wasn’t available at the moment and that I should try at a later time.

    I forgot about it because it’s not the first time I see a message like that, but when I tried the next day I was shocked to see that my BA’s Avios balance was 0. I quickly went to my Iberia Plus account but nothing was there (just 1198 Avios that I had moved from on February 13 too). When looking at the transaction history in BA I found this:

    Combine My Avios Debit: AVES

    Meanwhile, in Iberia’s history, nothing. I contacted BAEC on the phone and they told me to contact Iberia Plus, as they could see (like me) in the history that the transfer was made. Iberia Plus told me that they could see a “request” for those 72082 Avios in their system but that it wasn’t confirmed, and that it could take up to 72 hours.

    I waited more than those 72 hours and my Avios were still missing (from both BAEC or Iberia Plus). I contacted Iberia Plus again and they told me the request was still unconfirmed, and that until BA doesn’t confirm it Iberia can’t do anything about it.

    Once again with BAEC on the phone, all they can do is e-mail “someone” in the UK that “maybe” can take a look at the issue (they did so on February 14 when I first called; no answer received in these 3 days, they tell me). I asked whether it’s possible to cancel the transaction and get my Avios back to BAEC, but they insisted nothing can be done over the phone and that they couldn’t transfer my call to anybody who can.

    I then opened an incident on both BA and Iberia’s sites and also contacted them through Twitter, but I’m really SO very worried because nobody seems to know anything, I can’t directly contact someone that can effectively take a look at this and solve it. It is not a lot of Avios, but it’s all I got and I’m honestly quite stressed about losing them. 🙁

    If you or someone in the HfP staff or fellow reader know of someone I could contact and forward my issue, I would be eternally grateful.

    Thank you and regards,


  • RyanC says:

    Really helpful. I’ve struggled to link my Qatar and BA accounts but think this is down to one having my middle name so I’ll try and get it changed and try again. Largely off topic but the reference to United reminded me, does anyone have any ideas with what to do with a few thousand United miles that I’ll likely otherwise never use?

    • Carlos says:

      They wont expire

    • Vit says:

      Partner is having the same issue. It seems BA recognises both first and middle as one First Name(s) while QR recognises it separately as first and middle. I am not sure how first name can be changed in QR. Anyone know how?

    • apbj says:

      Depending on how many you have, there can be some good value European short-haul one-way awards to be had using United miles. I used some up on a one-way to Vienna with Austrian, returning with BA.

  • Rich says:

    I looked at a reward flight last night, same one today has gone up from £280 to £560 for same flights. Is this usual as seats sell out, that it increases?

  • phantomchickenz says:

    I’ve redeemed a few flights on Qatar recently. You don’t need to proactively move Avios from your BA account to Privilege Club, the accounts just need to be linked. The booking process pulls the Avios from your BA account as required.

    • AJA says:

      I was going to say this. I thought that feature was written somewhere in the T&Cs when Qatar Airways first adopted Avios though as I’ve never done it I didn’t know whether it actually worked.

    • BJ says:

      Not in my experience, Qatar will not even let me search unless I have sufficient avios in Qatar. Doesn’t even work with a single avios for me.

      • Rob says:

        It seems (to me) that if you have moved some Avios across and then moved them back, it will take both balances into account in future. I can absolutely search for anything I want despite have a zero QPC balance but obviously I did multiple back and forth moves for testing in the past.

        • BJ says:

          Thanks. I also moved ours back and forth frequently. I did a reward reseervation via Qatar last month but had all required avios in the account. I need to make another in summer so I’ll see if it works for me then ; Qatar site/app certainly reflect combined and individual QR and BA balances. Meantime, I’ll have another go searching with 1 avios in my QR account.

          • phantomchickenz says:

            I did find that the QR website quickly ‘forgot’ that my accounts were linked, and had to relink each time I searched (via the button under “my dashboard” – but then the full balance from BA was displayed and could be used.

            For the record I have never transferred Avios in either direction.

  • John says:

    I’ve been locked out of my BAEC-linked Qatar account (“account restricted; call customer services”) for almost a year. CS says everything looks fine from their side, and they see no block. A promised escalation to Qatar IT never transpired. The account is still listed in BAEC Combine my Avios, but I can’t select it to retrieve my Avios from Qatar 🤷‍♂️

  • Che says:

    Any ideas on how to re-authenticate the BA account when it has an old mobile number. At the moment It is only giving me the option of the SMS code or the special code upon setting the BA account up (which I have lost).

    I have tried to update through the BA website but it still sends the SMS code to the old number.

    Effectively the Avios are stuck on the QR side as the BA account can’t be authenticated.

    Thanks in advance.

    • C says:

      I contacted the BA avios team via the Executive club app chat and they sent an email on to the back office to sort this issue.
      This has updated now so the text goes to my new number however the Qatar end doesn’t seem to like it and throws up an error about too many accounts linked despite not being linked.
      I’m still trying to chase this up with Qatar and have been given an email address to contact but it’s been 2 weeks and no reply yet. The email address is if you want to try after you’ve sorted it with avios.

  • Miguel says:

    Good morning. Is there any problem with my previous comment? Is there something in it that it’s against the rules? I sent it almost 3 hours ago and it’s still pending moderation and there’s 6 comments already that were posted after mine. I’d really appreciate it if you approved it, as I am quite desperate to find a solution and maybe someone here can help me with a contact, e-mail address or something, please. 🙏

    Also, I posted it as a new topic in the BAEC forum but I still can’t see it there. Is it pending moderation too?

    Thank you and regards,


    • Rob says:

      Are you having a laugh? You posted at 5.30am in the morning and you expect us to be paying someone to sit up all night to approve comments which go into moderation, even though 90% of our readers are in the UK and operate on UK time anyway?!

      The email you got when you registered for the forum makes it very clear – in bold, red, ink – that first comments in the forum by new members are moderated for spam prevention.

      Anyway …. comment approved 🙂

      • Miguel says:

        Hi Rob. Thank you for approving the comment. And no, I’m not having a laugh. Quite the contrary. It’s just me being desperate for some help. Frankly, losing 70K Avios is not a pleasant experience and I just thought you guys or some reader with a similar previous experience could help me or point me to someone that can.

        • Miguel says:

          I am sorry if I sounded impatient, but I was honestly just asking if I had done something wrong and needed to correct it, as there were comments posted way after mine that were already approved (so, nothing to do with expecting someone up at 5:30 like you said).

          I don’t know if I’m missing something due to a language barrier (English is not my mother tongue) but I was respectful at all times and I don’t think I deserved such a defensive answer from you. I feel that you somehow felt attacked by my pleading and I am sorry, but I honestly assure you that nothing was further from my intentions. I was looking for your expertise or any help you could provide after years reading your site. 😓

          • QwertyKnowsBest says:

            Miguel, I can imagine how frustrating this is with no one in Iberia or BA owning the issue. I have no answers I am afraid other than keep contacting, you might get lucky and someone owns. Good luck.

          • Froggee says:

            Don’t worry about Rob. He’s notoriously grumpy. This site is his baby and he tends to dislike criticism. But I can confirm, as someone with English as a first language, that Rob’s tone was just Rob’s tone. He even gave you a smiley face which is rare.

            If you’d been sitting in the same room as Rob, you would have noticed a little smile accompanying his exasperated expression. You’d probably have tickled him under the chin and then the two of you would have hugged. All good – I promise.

            As for your Avios problem, this will just be BA’s bad IT. At some point they should reappear during a reconciliation. For now, make sure you have screen captures of the Avios leaving your account. I know it’s frustrating but you are probably best leaving things a couple of weeks before chasing again.

          • Miguel says:

            Hi QwertyKnowsBest! I can’t reply to your message, so I’m replying to mine. Yes, it’s absolutely frustrating and that’s why I’ve been so worried this week, as I’ve read so many stories (AKA IT nightmares) here for so long that I knew this wouldn’t be easy and that I’d have to call and call and call (and pray too).

            I just had another call with BA and it looks a bit more promising. The BA representative knew of other similar cases that have been happening since January (he said the site’s been awful and full of glitches lately) and said he was going to send the issue to the person he knew solved those and that maybe I’d have some (luckily good) news by the end of the week. So I’m keeping all my fingers crossed here.

            Thank you so much for your message!

          • Miguel says:

            Hi Froggee! I can’t reply to your message, so I’m replying to mine. You genuinely made me laugh. Thank you for that! I’m not feeling very well these days because of this issue and reading Rob’s message this morning… well, I felt awful, as I was only looking for some help, I wasn’t looking to make someone angry because of something I posted!

            So, again, thank you. I appreciate what you said and I even appreciate Rob’s smiley face now too. 🙂


          • Alex Sm says:

            @Miguel, first, prepare for some snobbery on this website, both from the hosts and the fellow commentators, it’s a quintessential part of Britishness. But people do not mean to be mean, just teasing each other

            Second, be patient, of course our own issues and problems are the most important to us but it doesn’t mean they are the of same urgency and importance for others… Keep calm and carry on!

          • Alex Sm says:

            PS and yes, on this website you often can’t reply to others’ comments, you NEVER can delete or edit your own comments (despite multiple pleas to Rob&Co), though the hosts occasionally moderate and even delete unwanted comments. But it’s a free service hence no money back guarantee. You either accept these rules of the game or…

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