I wanted to do a quick reminder today that 8th January is your last chance to bid your Avios on a HfP semi-exclusive – two VIP tickets to see Depeche Mode at the O2, including access to the astonishing new The Walkway that hangs over the arena floor.
This is not a British Airways Executive Club promotion. It is being organised by Qatar Airways Privilege Club, and is called ‘Privilege Club Collection’.
Via ‘Privilege Club Collection’ you can now use your Avios to get VIP tickets for concerts at the O2 in London, rugby matches, European football games and much more. Formula 1 tickets will hopefully follow next year.
The site is currently in a soft launch before the official roll-out this month. One auction item – VIP tickets to see Depeche Mode at the O2 – is semi-exclusive to HfP because the auction will close tomorrow before the official launch.
What you can buy via Privilege Club Collection?
Privilege Club Collection is designed to feed off some of the major global Qatar Airways sponsorship deals, such as Formula 1 (Qatar Airways is the official airline of F1) and the Paris Saint-Germain football team.
This is what is available for bidding during the beta phase:
- Depeche Mode, 22nd January
- Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, 22nd February
- John Mayer, 18th March
Coming soon: Liam Gallagher, Jonas Brothers
United Rugby Championship
- Leinster Rugby vs Vodacom Bulls, 29th March in Dublin (Presidents Suite tickets)
A mix of signed shirts, general admission and VIP tickets for upcoming games
FC Internazionale Milano
- vs Juventus, 4th February (Club l’Orologio VIP tickets)
- vs SCC Napoli, 17th March (Club l’Orologio VIP tickets)
Brooklyn Nets (image above)
- vs Golden State Warriors, 5th February (VIP suite tickets)
- vs New Orleans Pelicans, 19th March (VIP suite tickets)
Barclays Center, New York
Coming soon: Bad Bunny (VIP suite tickets)
The O2 tickets include The Walkway …..
If you get tickets for any of the O2 concerts in London, you are in for a special treat.
The O2 has just unveiled The Walkway. This is a suspended walkway that you can access, literally standing above the other guests in the arena!
Tickets bought for Avios via Privilege Club Collection come with a three course meal with drinks, VIP fast-track entry, use of The Walkway AND “pre-bookable VIP drop off and collection by car” (whatever that means!).
Even if you’re not a Depeche Mode, John Mayer or Hot Wheels Monster Trucks fan, it is still a unique experience.
How can you bid for Privilege Club Collection experiences?
Privilege Club Collection will eventually have a mix of ‘buy it now’ and auction experiences. During this launch period, everything is being auctioned.
Here are two very important points to note:
You must have Avios in a Qatar Airways Privilege Club account before you can bid. It is NOT good enough to have Avios in a British Airways Executive Club account which is linked to your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account. You must have physically moved Avios across to Qatar Airways.
(One snag here is that you can’t use the entire balance of a British Airways Executive Club household account to bid. The only Avios you can move into a Qatar Airways Privilege Club account are those in your own personal account. If you have 100,000 Avios and your partner has 50,000 Avios to give you a household balance of 150,000 Avios, the most you could use to bid for a single Privilege Club Collection auction is 100,000 – ie your own balance.)
Your must have enough Avios in your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account to match your maximum bid. You cannot bid more than your current Avios balance, and you cannot set a future auto-bid which is higher than your balance.
This Head for Points article explains how to link your BA and Qatar Airways accounts and transfer Avios between them. Transfers are free, instant and can be reversed at any time.
HfP readers have a clear run at the Depeche Mode tickets
The first auction item to close on Privilege Club Collection is two VIP tickets for the Depeche Mode concert at the O2 on 22nd January.
This includes access to The Walkway, three course meal with drinks etc.
Bids close TOMORROW, 8th January.
If you’re interested, jump in and place a bid.
Privilege Club Collection looks like it will be an excellent new opportunity for spending Avios, especially for people who want an alternative to flight redemptions. I’m especially keen to see if they can get packages for the British Grand Prix in 2024.
If you don’t have a Qatar Airways Privilege Club account, it may be worth setting one up now and linking it to your British Airways Executive Club account. This will allow you to jump in quickly if any good ‘buy it now’ ticket deals come up. I’m hoping our links to the Qatar Airways Privilege Club team will get us tip-offs about upcoming deals.
You need to bid today (Sunday) or tomorrow (Monday) if you want to have a chance of getting the Depeche Mode VIP package.