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NEW: Use Avios to part-pay ANY flight on Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways has launched a new ‘Part Pay With Avios’ feature called ‘Avios Max’.

This allows you to use Avios to fully pay (apart from the taxes) for ANY Qatar Airways flight.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that, as you may expect, the value per point is weaker than doing a ‘standard’ Avios redemption.

There are also some quirks to the booking process to note if you are planning to explore this.

Qatar Avios Avios Max part pay with Avios

How does Avios Max work?

Let’s jump back a bit for the benefit of new and irregular readers.

Back in 2022, Qatar Airways adopted Avios as its loyalty currency. It also allowed you to link your British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Privilege Club accounts – this HfP article explains how.

There are two benefits of opening a free Qatar Privilege Club account and linking it to your British Airways Executive Club account:

  • you can redeem Avios via Qatar Privilege Club. As well as redeeming on partners such as Virgin Australia who are not BA partners, you can also benefit from extra Qatar Airways Avios reward availability by booking at However, the extra Qatar Airways redemption seats you see (vs booking at will cost double the standard Avios price.

Booking using Avios Max

There is a core difference between booking a standard redemption and a new ‘Avios Max’ redemption on the Qatar Airways website.

For a standard redemption, it doesn’t matter whether your Avios sit in the Executive Club or Qatar Privilege Club. As long as the accounts are linked, you can book – the Qatar website will suck the Avios from your BA account automatically if needed.

You can’t do this with Avios Max. Your Avios need to have been transferred into your Qatar Privilege Club account following the method here. Whilst the Qatar Airways website can still ‘see’ your BA balance, it can’t use it for an Avios Max transaction. You need to move the Avios across.

Using Avios to pay for a Qatar Airways flight

What value do you get?

Here is an example Economy booking between London and Doha.

Payment option 1:

The cash fare for my example return flight is £581:

Payment option 2:

The ‘Cash + Avios’ option allows me to pay up to 50% of the value of my flight with Avios. I am offered:

This works out at 0.64p per Avios. It’s not outstanding (on a par with converting Avios to Nectar) but for large amounts it is a better deal that using ‘Part Pay With Avios’ for British Airways flights on

Payment option 3:

Finally you have the new ‘Avios Max’ option. This lets you redeem Avios for 100% of the cost of your flight, but EXCLUDING the taxes and charges element.

This is, admittedly, a bit clunky and confusing for the inexperienced Avios user, although similar to what British Airways does. I prefer the Aer Lingus and Vueling system where you can pay for EVERYTHING with Avios meaning that the flight is genuinely free.

Doing the maths, you save (£580.81 – £175.01) £405.80 in return for using 65,251 Avios. This works out at 0.62p per Avios.

Slightly confusingly this means that there are two ways of using Avios to part-pay:

  • ‘Cash + Avios’ which lets you pay up to 50% of the total cost of your flight
  • ‘Avios Max’ which you pay 100% of the ex-taxes cost of your flight

Both offer similar value at just over 0.6p per Avios.

A warning!

Some people get confused when booking ‘Part Pay With Avios’ deals. Just because you are using Avios to pay for some or all of the cost of your flight, your ticket remains non-cancellable and non-refundable.

On the upside, your ticket will earn Avios and tier points back.

You still have a cash ticket, with all the benefits and drawbacks of a cash ticket. You have NOT turned a cash ticket into a fully refundable, changeable Avios ticket just because you used Avios to reduce the cost.

If you want the ability to cancel or change your flight, book a standard Avios redemption instead (or book a fully flexible – but painfully expensive – cash flight and use Avios to reduce the cost).


If you are Avios rich and cash poor, ‘Avios Max’ now allows to pay for the bulk of a Qatar Airways cash flight using points.

The good news is that you can book any flight, any class, any day and earn Avios and tier points back. The bad news is that you will only get around 0.6p per Avios, which is less than the 1p or so I would expect from a standard (but capacity constrained) Avios flight redemption in a premium cabin.

You can have a play around with Avios Max on the Qatar Airways website here.

Remember that you need to move your Avios across from British Airways Executive Club to Qatar Privilege Club to use Avios Max. Simply linking your two accounts is not enough.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.

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 (29)

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  • bates says:

    Qatar is SO expensive every time i look.

    • rk1 says:

      Agree – I have flown Qatar premium many times over the years but now has become unaffordable for me

  • Kunal says:

    I’ve transferred my avios into PC but still can’t see the avios max option when I try to book. What am I doing wrong!!

    • Rob says:

      You would need enough Avios to pay for the entire fare (ignoring taxes) for it to show. Does ‘Cash+Avios’ show? This should always be there as it only requires a few Avios to hit the minimum needed.

      • Kunal says:

        Yes that shows. I have around 403k and have searched 1 person from lhr to Doha and still doesn’t show. Shall I assuming it’s going to cost more than 403k?! 😂

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