Qatar Airways Privilege Club will adopt Avios, drop Qmiles

By the end of March, Qatar Airways will adopt British Airways' rewards currency, with Avios replacing Qmiles.

In a development that’s come out of nowhere, Qatar Privilege Club will be changing its rewards currency from Qmiles to Avios. 

Avios, for the uninitiated, is the rewards currency of British Airways Executive Club, AerClub, Iberis Plus and Vueling Club. 

The transition from Qmiles to Avios marks a ground-breaking new era for Privilege Club, enabling our loyal members to participate in the most compelling loyalty network and the largest portfolio of partners in the industry.

As the World’s Best Airline, Qatar Airways continues to redefine loyalty through the adoption of exciting digital innovations to create unique world-class experiences for our members.

We look forward to revealing more details of this exciting change over the coming weeks, as we explore even more ways to reward our valued members both on and off the ground

-Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

Incidentally, Qatar Airways is the largest shareholder in International Airlines Group, which owns Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. 

Qatar Airways Privilege Club to adopt Avios

By World’s Best Airline, I’m pretty sure they’re not talking about British Airways…

By the end of March (the actual date has yet to be announced), all Qmiles in a member’s account will be converted to Avios on a 1:1 basis. In other words, if you had 30,000 Qmiles now, you’ll have 30,000 Avios after. 

Qatar has assured members that the number of Avios required to book an award ticket or use Cash + Avios for Qatar Airways flights will not change. There will also be no change in the expiration date with the transition to Avios; the new Avios will reflect the same expiry date as previously held Qmiles.

Qpoints, which are accrued to earn elite status with Qatar Privilege Club, will not be affected. Neither will  Qcredits, a reward benefit for Gold and Platinum members to redeem perks like upgrades and extra baggage. 

What are the implications?

There’s an FAQ about the move to Avios, but it doesn’t cover a lot. Will there be a mechanism to move Avios from Qatar Privilege Club to British Airways Executive Club and vice versa? If so, that would be a great way for British Airways Executive Club members to redeem award flights on Qatar Airways, since Qatar Privilege Club does not impose fuel surcharges for awards redeemed through its own programme. 

Qatar Privilege Club also has other partnerships that British Airways does not, such as with Accor Live Limitless and Grab, so two-way transfers would also allow British Airways Executive Club members to take advantage of these opportunities. 

But there’s also benefits in the other direction, since Qatar Privilege Club members will be able to redeem Avios for upgrades on British Airways and Iberia, ahead of oneworld launching alliance-wide upgrades later in 2022. 

Then there’s questions around earning status. Would it make more sense to credit flights to Qatar Privilege Club for Qpoints, then transfer the Avios to Executive Club? 

So many questions at the moment, and not a whole lot of answers. 

Get up to 7,500 bonus Qmiles with Qatar Privilege Club

Join Qatar Privilege Club

From now till 31 March 2022, new Qatar Airways Privilege Club members who join with the promo code FLYQR3 will receive 2,500 Qmiles instantly.

They can earn a further 5,000 Qmiles by taking a paid Qatar Airways flight by 30 September 2022. 

Even if you have no intention of taking that flight, it’s a free 2,500 Qmiles, which will become 2,500 Avios (assuming Qatar and British Airways come up with a system that lets you move points across both programmes, which seems likely). 

Conclusion

Lower cost redemptions on Qatar Airways coming for British Airways Executive Club members?

Qatar Privilege Club will be dropping Qmiles in favour of Avios by the end of March, with all Qmiles converted into Avios on a 1:1 basis.

This certainly has the potential to open up a lot of new redemption opportunities for both Qatar Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club members, though we’ll need to wait for the full details to know who are the winners and losers in this scenario. 

(HT: Head for Points)

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Lim

in the majestic prose of George Bush ” fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice…. we can’t be fooled twice”

QRPC is up to something

S S

Brilliant. I miss dubya’s stupidity.

Max

I see that qmiles can’t ve converted ti grab points

TravelSnapp

It’s now been confirmed by Qatar Airways Privilege Club that Avios “will be fully transferable between Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club”, this allows travellers on both airlines to pool their Avios into a single account.

In addition, BA and Qatar Airways will increase the number of Avios-based reward seats across their flights, to accomodate an expected jump in demand once both airlines are sharing a common currency’.

To the Moon

The Qmiles is a lacklustre program. Not saying that Avios is better, but with Avios, this opens up more choices for us.

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