Qatar Airways (yes Qatar Airways, not British Airways) has launched a generous ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion. The link to buy is here.
For today and tomorrow, you will receive a 60% bonus when you buy Avios.
You can buy on this page of the Qatar Privilege Club website.
Can I get my Avios out of Qatar Privilege Club into BA?
The Avios can only be credited to a Qatar Privilege Club account. You can move them into a British Airways Executive Club account by linking your BA and Qatar Airways accounts via the process here.
Qatar Airways tells me that the issues some people had linking their British Airways and Qatar Airways accounts last year have been fixed. This primarily impacted those with punctuation in their surnames. That said, I would still recommend linking your accounts before making a purchase.
Get up to 60% bonus when you buy Avios
Back to the bonus. There is no minimum purchase, although your bonus depends on how many Avios you buy. The bonus kicks in at 35% with a 5,000 Avios transaction and gradually increases.
You can only buy if there has previously been ‘activity’ of at least 1,000 Avios in your Qatar Privilege Club account. Transferring in 1,000 Avios from British Airways would count, even if the Avios were immediately transferred back.
Here are the bonus levels:
- 5,000 – 19,000 Avios = 35% bonus
- 20,000 – 36,000 Avios = 45% bonus
- 38,000 – 250,000 Avios = 60% bonus
What does it cost?
At the top end, someone with a UK registered Qatar Airways account will pay 1.03p per Avios under this offer.
Pricing varies by the address of the Qatar Airways account, which can be changed, but the UK version appears to be cheapest factoring in FX credit card fees on a non-£ purchase.
The maximum number you can acquire is 250,000 + 60% = 400,000 Avios for £4,125, so 1.03p.
Based on my spreadsheet of the last 8.8 million Avios I redeemed, I got 1.22p of value. This is using very conservative valuations for the flights booked. If you’re relatively smart about how you redeem then you should make a decent gain, but you need to decide if it is worth locking up your cash.
Is Avios Balance Boost cheaper?
If you missed our article last week, British Airways has launched an interesting new product called ‘Avios Balance Boost’.
This lets you buy up to 3x the Avios you earned in the last 30 days for as little as 0.84p until the end of July.
If you only earned a few Avios in the last 30 days then Avios Balance Boost won’t get you far, so this Qatar Airways offer may be a better deal. If you’ve had a decent Avios windfall in the last month, on the other hand, Avios Balance Boost may work better.
The offer ends TOMORROW, Thursday 22nd June. The link to buy is here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.