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Back in March 2022, Qatar Airways officially adopted Avios as its frequent flyer currency. Qmiles are no more.

If you think ‘so what?’ because you could already book Qatar Airways flights via British Airways Executive Club, you need to think again.

Qatar Privilege Club has a number of airline partners which British Airways Executive Club does not.

Even better, Qatar Airways has just cut the cost of non-BA partner redemptions by up to 60%. This is a permanent reduction, not a special offer.

Earn avios from hotels airlines car rental via Qatar Privilege Club

Qatar Privilege Club partner redemptions were historically bad value

Whilst Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club have shared pricing for Qatar Airways and British Airways redemptions, Qatar Privilege Club was weirdly expensive for other airline partners.

Until last March, this was very much a ‘take it or leave it’ situation for any Qatar Privilege Club member who wanted to redeem on a oneworld partner airline (Cathay Pacific, Japan Air Lines, Royal Jordanian etc) or one of Qatar’s exclusive partners.

However, once the Avios partnership with BA was introduced, Qatar Airways had a problem.

Any member of Qatar Privilege Club with a brain was now moving their Avios across to British Airways Executive Club and booking via instead.

Qatar Privilege Club has now aligned its pricing with British Airways Executive Club for partner awards. QPC members no longer need to move their Avios to British Airways Executive Club to get the best Avios partner airline pricing.

What’s this got to do with me as a British Airways Executive Club member?

It makes ZERO difference to you if you want to book oneworld partner airlines.

You should still book these via because:

  • they cost the same as using Qatar Privilege Club
  • you can book online (Qatar Privilege Club members need to call or use an online enquiry form to book partner awards except for BA and American Airline)
  • you can cancel online if necessary
How to earn Avios on Bangkok Airways

There is a huge benefit to you if you want to book a Qatar Airways non-alliance partner

You can find details of all Qatar Privilege Club partners – cars, airlines, hotels, the lot – on this page of the Qatar Airways website.

These are the airlines which you can book via Qatar Privilege Club using Avios, but which cannot be booked via British Airways Executive Club:

  • Bangkok Airways
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Oman Air (Doha to Muscat only)
  • RwandAir
  • Virgin Australia

You can also EARN Avios on these airlines via Qatar Privilege Club, as well as earn Avios on jetBlue, as this article explains.

Whilst you could already spend Avios on selected LATAM routes via BA and Iberia Plus, there are restrictions. These restrictions do not apply to redemptions via Qatar Privilege Club.

How many Avios will I need to redeem on these airlines?

Here is the new chart for redemptions on the airlines listed above:

Qatar Airways Avios airline partner reward chart

This chart matches the British Airways Executive Club redemption chart for partner redemptions.

Earn Avios with Middle East Airlines

Here’s an example of old vs new pricing, courtesy of Singapore website Mainly Miles.

Bangkok Airways, flying from Singapore to Koh Samui

  • Economy – was 15,000 Avios and is now 6,000 Avios
  • Business – was 30,000 Avios and is now 12,500 Avios

Taxes and charges are obviously payable on top and will vary by airline.

How do you book?

To book, you need to fill in an online form which you can find here (log-in required).

How do you find availability? Not easily. The best option is to join the frequent flyer scheme of the airline you want to redeem with, try to find reward seats and then ask Qatar Airways if it can see the same seats.

Even better, look for seats via another partner airline which allows online booking – if one partner has them, Qatar Airways should have access too. You can use the Qantas website to search for Bangkok Airways availability for example.

Some other small print to note:

  • you cannot mix airlines on the same redemption booking
  • you must book at least 96 hours before departure


The cost of redeeming Avios for:

  • Bangkok Airways
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Oman Air (Doha to Muscat only)
  • RwandAir
  • Virgin Australia

is now substantially, and permanently, reduced. It is yet another reason to ensure that your British Airways and Qatar Privilege Club accounts are linked – the instructions are 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus 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 card

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.

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 a huge range of valuable 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

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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (45)

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  • strickers says:

    The form is awful, dates keep resetting after entry. Took about 4 goes to enter a DOB. But that’s a request in for SGN-HKG in business with Cathay, 16500 Avios each on an A330.

    • Aston100 says:

      Strickers, is there a reason you are doing that on Qatar site rather than BA site?

      • strickers says:

        No availability showing on BA and I couldn’t be bothered to call.

        • strickers says:

          Just as I said that I can see availability on BA. Is it just me or is the BA website even more flaky these days?

        • Rob says:

          Note that the Qatar request form shows all flights, availability or not. You select the one you want and they then check.

  • SamG says:

    Bangkok Airlines in my experiences releases no availability (or very little and I’ve never managed to find!) on their international flights and their internal flights usually are quite reasonable for cash so not worth the hassle

  • Soso says:

    One drawback that I found is that when I linked my BA and Qatar account and booked a flight on Qatar, my account was flagged for whatever reason. I have now a Qatar account which holds 120k avios which has been locked for 5 months+. I called several times and all I get is a promised response in 48hours that never come….

  • BJ says:

    Even if you can find Bangkok Airways availability, rewards are generally poor value even at these lower rates. Provided you can book 6+ months in advance or during their many frequent promotions then their fares for flights they operate themselves are very cheap. Not only that, if booking 6+ months in advance then IME flights will more likely than not be rescheduled or cancelled with the result that bookings can be changed or cancelled. Note, they do have a funny notion of what a full refund means in the event of cancellation. Personally I’m done with Bangkok Airways, they’ve failed me four times this year requiring me to make alternative arrangements at almost double the price originally paid. Unless on the Bangkok-Samui run, they are best avoided.

  • Mario says:

    Would be great to have an article with an expanded view on where can we spend avios across all airlines that use avios for their FFP.

  • strickers says:

    Just tidying up from my experience of booking Cathay via Qatar Privilege Club. I submitted a form on the 22nd but started to worry how long it would take. I ended up starting the process today using online chat, they then phoned me finish the booking. The held the seats while I checked the details, then added a payment link to the booking which failed the first time. The chats were answered quickly and the agent was following things through meticulously, overall it was a very slow process, taking over an hour. The result though is great, 16500 Avios and USD22 from Saigon to Hong Kong in Cathay lie flat business class, 2:45 flight. This was bookable through BA, the nearest option was 16650 Avios and £127.60 each so quite a significant saving.

    • Josh100 says:

      Congrats! You’ve had a better experience than me. Spent an hour on the online chat earlier trying to book SIN-USM next year. After insisting the ‘avios’ cost for 2 people is 3000 avios + 200 SGD for return flights, which is completely wrong, I was then told the only way to book this is by sending in a service request and waiting 7 days! 😖

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