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ENDS MIDNIGHT MONDAY: Win Apple AirPods with HfP and Qatar Duty Free

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Until midnight on Monday 6th March, we are running an exclusive Head for Points competition in association with Qatar Duty Free.

We have two pairs of Apple AirPods (3rd generation) to give away.

This is to promote the fact that you can now use Avios to pay for (virtually) anything at Qatar Duty Free in Doha’s Hamad International Airport. Indeed, I bought these AirPods at Qatar Duty Free when I was in Doha last month, paying with Avios generously donated by Qatar Privilege Club.

Win AirPods 3rd generation

The 3rd generation AirPods can provide up to six hours of wireless listening from a single charge. You can use AirPods even if you don’t have an Apple device via a Bluetooth connection.

The recommended retail price of these 3rd generation AirPods is £179.

How can you use Avios at Qatar Duty Free?

Full details are on this page of the Qatar Airways website.

You need to have Avios sitting in a Qatar Privilege Club account. Even if your British Airways account is linked to a Qatar Privilege Club account, you still need to physically transfer them across if you wish to spend them in the airport.

This HfP article shows how to link your Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways accounts.

Qatar Duty Free use Avios

Avios from your flight now appear at check in

If you are flying on Qatar Airways on a cash ticket, you will now receive the Avios from your flight BEFORE departure. This allows you to spend them in Doha during your transit. Clever!

To receive your Avios at check in before your flight, you need to be crediting your Qatar Airways flight to a Qatar Privilege Club Avios account. If your flight is being credited to a British Airways account, the points will turn up a few days later as they do now and so won’t be available to spend immediately.

Earn Qatar Avios before departure

The process for spending your Avios is simple. Most shops have a sign like this:

Spending Avios at Qatar Airport Doha Hamad duty free

…. but even if they don’t, it is highly likely that they are taking part.

When you come to pay for your items, you simply scan your boarding pass. The cashier will instantly see how many Avios you have in your Qatar Privilege Club account, and you can choose to use some or all of them towards your purchase.

(If you are crediting your flight to British Airways Executive Club or another programme and your Qatar Privilege Club number is not on your boarding pass, you can show your Qatar Privilege Club membership card on your phone instead.)

You have to click an on-screen confirmation:

Spend Avios in Qatar Duty Free

…. and you’re done. As you can see, I spent 63,663 Avios which covered 100% of the cost of the two pairs of AirPods we are giving away today.

This HfP article explains the process of spending Avios at Qatar Duty Free in more detail.

You earn Avios on Qatar Duty Free purchases too

You earn Avios in the same way – scan your boarding pass to bring up your Qatar Privilege Club account number, or have your membership card scanned.

If you part-pay with Avios, you earn points based on the cash element you pay. If you pay with 100% Avios, as I did, you don’t earn any Avios back.

Win AirPods with Qatar Duty Free

How can I win AirPods?

It’s very simple. All you need to do is complete the form below by midnight on Monday 6th March. (Mobile readers should click the button below.) We will draw the two winners later in the week.

The full rules are in the entry widget, but here are the key ones:

  • you must be a UK resident and physically present in the UK to enter
  • only one entry per household
  • you must be aged 18+ to enter
  • prizes can only be despatched to a UK address
  • your entry data will not be shared with anyone outside HfP and we will delete it after the competition is over

The competition is organised by Head for Points with the support of Qatar Privilege Club and Qatar Duty Free. Apple Inc. and Avios Group are not associated with the competition in any way.

Good luck!

Win Apple AirPods (3rd generation)!

Comments (86)

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  • Ben says:

    Head for Points? Head for Qatar Airways lately? Who’s funding you Rob?

    • Rob says:

      This is all from one 3-day trip – if I can get 10 articles out of it, the better!

      Note that Sinead spent 10 days in the Maldives and we’re only getting 3 articles from it 🙂

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Does it matter who’s funding Rob? He always makes clear when a post is sponsored I.e. paid for in some way,

      He’s more open about that than some sites.

      And QR is a definite area of interest for many readers especially those who want to fly to Asia so articles have a wide readership.

      I’m unlikely to ever fly QR but I find the articles interesting as a comparison against other airlines.

      • Rob says:

        I would guess Qatar was about 0.75% of our revenue last year. It is well under 1% of 2023 to date. The bulk of that is commission on flight sales and not direct payments.

  • Rebecca says:

    Gave up trying with this as (on my mobile at least) the site refused to recognise my email address and kept telling me to enter one!

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