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Avios redemptions at the O2 now come with £400 to spend on food and drink

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We’ve covered Privilege Club Collection a few times recently. This is the new events platform launched by Qatar Airways Privilege Club which allows you to use your Avios for VIP tickets to key entertainment and sporting events (British Grand Prix coming soon, Monaco Grand Prix available now).

Tickets for the O2 concerts come with access to The NinetyThird, the new private club at The O2. My review of The NinetyThird launch event is here and Qatar Airways has the naming rights. You also get to take some Instagram pictures from The Walkway, pictured below.

Use Avios for Formula 1 Paddock Club tickets

The NinetyThird has multiple bars, including a champagne bar, and multiple places to eat including a fine dining restaurant.

Qatar Airways has had some teething problems delivering food and drink to people who buy O2 tickets for Avios via Privilege Club Collection. It now seems to have come up with a solution.

If you redeem Avios for an O2 event via Privilege Club Collection, it will come with £400 to spend at The NinetyThird. Between two people. You don’t need me to tell you that you’re going to get a pretty good night from that:

Privilege Club Collection

You can check out the auctions currently available by clicking here. As you can see, the WWE wrestling is currently priced at 10,100 Avios. Thirty Seconds To Mars is currently at 2,100 Avios as you can see above. These packages come with £400 to spend on food and drink between you and your guest in The NinetyThird, remember.

(EDIT: a reader has posted his experience of using the £400 credit in the comments below)

How can you bid for Privilege Club Collection experiences?

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 your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account.

(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 Privilege Club accounts and transfer Avios between them. Transfers are free, instant and can be reversed at any time.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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 £15,000 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.

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

40,000 bonus 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 sign-up 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 (43)

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  • Alexey says:

    30 seconds to Mars is actually rescheduled for June so screenshot is outdated

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    Targets/limits have a funny psychological effect on many people. Unless the wine list heads beyond what you’d expect at a concert arena, it may have been cheaper for Qatar to say “free bar” than give people a £400 target… 😀

    • David says:

      This. I want to hit it at least in the £390-399 range.

    • Ken says:

      The problem with a free bar is people will batter the champagne, whisky and brandy, so even pretty expensive hospitality sports packages often excludes these.

  • D says:

    As I live in Morocco, I tried booking CMN-MAD Avios redemption on RAM. The Avios amount was reasonable but the taxes and fee were 75% of the cash fare. Went with Iberia Regional for a RFS saver booking instead. Had to trade down from a 737 to a CRJ.

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