Qatar Airways
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Switches from Qmiles to Avios — Plus Promotions

You can now link your Privilege Club account with British Airways Executive Club and combine Avios.

The Qatar Airways Privilege Club frequent flier loyalty program has now officially switched from Qmiles to using Avios as the official medium of exchange for the earning and redemption of points effective immediately — joining the British Airways Executive Club, AerClub, Iberia Plus, and Vueling Club frequent flier loyalty programs — meaning that greater than 35 million members worldwide can not only earn and redeem Avios; but they can also combine the Avios from both their Privilege Club and Executive Club programs.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Switches from Qmiles to Avios — Plus Promotions

Current members of Qatar Airways Privilege Club need not do anything, as each Qmile has automatically converted to one Avios, which are fully transferable between the Privilege Club and Executive Club frequent flier loyalty programs and ultimately allow members of both programs to pool their Avios into a single membership account.

No other changes to Privilege Club — including the requirements of earning elite status, redemption amounts for award travel, and benefits as three of multiple examples — have been announced at this time…

…except that “Privilege Club members will start enjoying more rewards very soon”, according to the statement which is found on this official Internet web site at which the announcement appears.

Earn Up to 10,000 Bonus Avios With Cash + Avios

To celebrate Privilege Club adopting Avios as its official reward currency, you will also earn up to 10,000 bonus Avios when you book your tickets with Cash + Avios using the promotion code QRAVIOS by Thursday, March 31, 2022 — plus, after completion of your first flight as a passenger aboard an airplane which is operated and marketed by Qatar Airways by Monday, October 31, 2022, you can earn an additional:

  • 5,000 bonus Avios when seated in the economy class cabin
  • 10,000 bonus Avios when seated in the business class cabin or first class cabin

Earn Between 2,000 Qmiles and 7,000 Avios Just to Get Started

Moreover, you can instantly earn 2,000 bonus Avios at the time when you join as a member of Qatar Airways Privilege Club using the promotion code JOINPC1 by Thursday, March 31, 2022 — plus, immediately after completion of your first flight as a passenger aboard an airplane which is operated and marketed by Qatar Airways by Friday, September 30, 2022, you can earn an additional:

  • 3,000 bonus Avios when seated in the economy class cabin
  • 5,000 bonus Avios when seated in the business class cabin or first class cabin

That first flight must be purchased with a revenue ticket and not with Qmiles or Avios.

Members must quote their membership number at the time of booking or check-in, in order for bonus Qmiles to be credited to their Privilege Club account immediately after they complete their first flight.

Members may retroactively claim bonus Avios if they travel before Friday, September 30, 2022.

Existing members are not eligible to benefit from this offer; and any duplicate accounts will be cancelled by Privilege Club.

Other terms and conditions for both promotions — including those of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club frequent flier loyalty program — may apply.

Final Boarding Call

This is an interesting move by Qatar Airways — but could additional options be added at the expense of some sort of devaluation?

Even more information should become available in the coming weeks in terms of details to what this switch from Qmiles to Avios ultimately means for members of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club frequent flier loyalty program — but it appears to be off to a good start.

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.


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