How to maximise your Avios when flying British Airways partners – by crediting to Iberia or Qatar
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It seems strange, but British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus and Qatar Privilege Club do not have the same earning rates for oneworld partner flights. This means that, in some cases, it is preferable to credit a cash flight on a some airlines to Iberia Plus or Qatar Privilege Club rather than to British Airways.
This article provides a full list of these cases, and it is worth referring back to it when you find yourself booked on a oneworld airline partner.
You need to be clear about two caveats, however:
- If you credit a flight to Iberia Plus / Qatar Privilege Club and not British Airways Executive Club, you obviously will not earn BA tier points. If tier points are important, credit to BA irrespective of miles earned.
- If you have British Airways status, the status bonus you receive when flying American Airlines, Finnair or Japan Airlines may influence your decision. You do not get a status bonus on the other carriers listed below.
Remember that it is easy (when it is working …..) to transfer Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways, using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on either website. An Iberia account must be 90 days old before you can transfer in or out.
If ‘Combine My Avios’ is not working properly from Iberia to BA, it WILL work if you use avios.com as an intermediary. Open yourself an Aer Lingus AerClub account here, log in at avios.com with those details and use ‘Combine My Avios’ to pull from Iberia and then push to British Airways.
You can move Avios from Qatar Airways to British Airways by following our guide here.
What does the list below show?
The % figure in the list below refers to the proportion of the miles flown which will be earned for that particular flight. For the airlines:
- QR means Qatar Privilege Club
- IB means Iberia Plus
- BA means British Airways Executive Club
You can find full details of all the British Airways partner airlines on this page of ba.com.
For oneworld partner airlines not listed, such as Cathay Pacific, all ticket types earn equally across Iberia Plus, Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club.
What ticket classes are not treated equally by Iberia Plus, Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club?
Options highlighted in bold are beneficial to you when you credit the flight AWAY from British Airways.
I strongly recommend double-checking the numbers below with the relevant airline websites before changing the airline scheme for your flight as changes can be made and mistakes can creep in.
Business – J, C, D, I earn 125% in BA (100% in QR)
Economy – B, H earn 100% in BA (50% in QR), Q, O earn 50% in QR (25% in BA)
First – A earns 300% in QR (250% in BA)
Premium Economy – W earns 150% in BA (125% in QR), P earns 125% in QR (100% in BA)
Economy – K earns 100% in QR (50% in BA), M, L, V earn 75% in QR (50% in BA), N earns 75% in QR (25% in BA), B earns 25% in BA (0% in QR)
Business – P earns 125% in QR (0% in BA) – this is the most important thing to note in this article, especially as BA doesn’t give tier points on ‘P’ either
Premium Economy – R, E earn 110% in QR (100% in BA)
Economy – H earns 100% in BA (50% in QR), K, L, M, V earn 50% in QR (25% in BA), S, N, Q earn 25% in BA (0% in QR)
Business – J, C, D earn 250% in BA (125% in QR), R, I earn 150% in BA (75% in QR)
Premium Economy – W earns 150% in BA (100% in QR)
Economy – S, N earn 50% in BA (25% in QR)
Business – J, C, D earn 250% in BA (125% in QR), I, R earn 150% in BA (125% in QR)
Premium Economy – W earns 150% in BA (110% in QR)
Japan Air Lines (international)
Economy – K, M earn 70% in QR (50% in BA)
Economy – M earns 50% in BA (25% in IB), N earns 25% in BA (0% in QR)
Economy – K, L, M, S, V earn 50% in IB (25% in BA), B, H earn 100% in BA (25% in QR)
First – F, A earn 300% in QR (150% in BA)
Business – C, J earn 200% in QR (125% in BA), D, I earn 170% in QR (125% in BA)
Economy – T earns 50% in IB and QR (25% in BA), K, L, M, S, V earn 75% in QR (50% in BA), O, G earn 50% in QR (25% in BA)
Royal Air Maroc
Business – J, C earn 175% in QR (125% in BA), D earns 150% in QR (125% in BA)
Economy – H earns 100% in BA (75% in QR), K, M earn 75% in QR (50% in BA), Q, O, T, R earn 50% in BA (25% in QR)
Business – J earns 150% in QR (125% in BA)
Economy – K, M, V earn 50% in IB (25% in BA), P, R earn 50% in IB (0% in BA), H earns 100% in IB (25% in BA), K, H earn 75% in QR (25% in BA), S, V, L, M earn 50% in QR (25% in BA)
Business – J earns 150% in IB and QR (125% BA)
Economy – Y, B, P, H earn 100% in BA (80% IB and QR), K earns 100% in BA (70% IB and QR), W, M, E earn 70% in IB and QR (50% BA), R, S earn 50% in IB and QR (25% BA)
In addition, remember that you earn Avios in British Airways Executive Club with:
- Aer Lingus
- China Southern
- Fiji Airways
and you can earn Avios in Iberia Plus with:
- Air Nostrum
- Avianca (restrictions apply)
- Binter (Canaries)
- Interjet (Mexico)
and you can earn Avios in Aer Lingus AerClub with:
- United Airlines
and you can earn Avios in Qatar Privilege Club with:
- Bangkok Airways
- LATAM (for flights which operate wholly within Peru, Chile, Ecuador or Argentina, which do not earn with British Airways Executive Club)
- Middle East Airlines
- Oman Air (Doha route only)
- Virgin Australia
You can learn more about the exclusive Qatar Airways airline partnerships in this article.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up 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
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.