Qatar Airways announced this morning that Privilege Club has officially adopted Avios as its reward currency. This partnership offers a combination of benefits, including a wide range of award seats and competitive prices on Qatar Airways flights. Qatar will be eventually guaranteeing to release a minimum number of seats on every flight like BA do, but they are not quite there yet.
Don’t forget, you can still get a 2,500 Avios bonus for signing up to the Privilege Club. This can then be transferred over to your BA account if you wish. The sign up page is here.
To celebrate Privilege Club adopting Avios, members will get a 10,000 bonus Avios in Business or First Class, or 5,000 bonus Avios in Economy Class, when they book their next flight using Cash + Avios by 31 March 2022 using the promo code QRAVIOS. This offer is only available on qatarairways.com and the mobile App. You can find out more about the offer at qatarairways.com/BonusAvios
This alliance between oneworld partners offers British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Privilege Club members flexibility in combining their Avios accounts and facilitating unlimited transfers of their Avios balances between accounts, without balance limitations or
transfer fees. The power to combine Avios also allows members the chance to spend and redeem on both Qatar Airways and British Airways award flights, available on Qatarairways.com and the mobile App. I would expect it to be cheaper to use your Avios to book seats through Qatar for BA flights in terms of taxes and charges. The amount of Avios for award flight redemptions will remain the same as it previously did with Qmiles. I will take a deeper look for the second article about pricing of Avios flights.
The recently enhanced Cash + Qmiles option will offer the same benefits with Cash + Avios, giving members the ability to part-pay their flight bookings on qatarairways.com and the mobile app. Avios can also be used towards a range of rewards including award flights, cabin upgrades, extra baggage, and more.
Current Privilege Club members should experience a seamless transition into the loyalty programme’s new reward currency, Avios, with their existing Qmiles balances changing automatically to Avios on a 1:1 ratio basis. While Privilege Club is moving to Avios, familiar Privilege Club features such as Qpoints and Qcredits will remain unchanged. If you are unsure whether to pursue status through the BA Executive Club or Qatar’s Privilege Club, have a read of this article.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, stated: “As we come out of the most difficult two years in the industry, we want to thank our passengers who have supported us and kept us flying, by taking this chance to reward them in a meaningful way. Adopting Avios maximises our members’ opportunities to earn and spend rewards across the globe, anticipating their needs after this difficult period.
This is a testament to our determination of offering the best experiences for our members, reflecting our journey to perfect our loyalty programme. We look forward to continuing the expansion of our customer benefits, in search of new ways to give our members a chance to collect Avios.”
IAG Loyalty and Qatar Airways are working to introduce new customer benefits from the partnership, as well as more ways to earn and collect Avios around the world, in the coming months. Future benefits will include an extensive list of both airline and non-airline partnerships, including telecom, retail, lifestyle, financial services and more.
You can find out more at qatarairways.com/Avios