Get the Avios advantage with Qatar Airways

Discover five ways to power up your frequent flyer points with Qatar Airways and Avios.

By David Flynn, June 6 2022
Get the Avios advantage with Qatar Airways

Take a world-leading airline, add a leading global frequent flyer ‘currency’ and you’ve got an unbeatable combination for smoother, smarter travel.

With Qatar Airways now using Avios for its Privilege Club loyalty program, you can unlock so many opportunities to earn and redeem Avios.

Join Qatar Airways Privilege Club and earn up to a 5,000 Avios bonus

If you’re not already a member of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty program, right now is the best time to join.

Sign up using the promo code PCAUNA22 by December 31, 2022 and take your first Qatar Airways flight as a  Privilege Club member by July 31, 2023 to earn an additional 2,500 bonus Avios in economy or 5,000 bonus Avios in business or first.

Collect Avios on all Qatar Airways flights

Make sure your Qatar Airways Privilege Club membership number is entered into your Qatar Airways booking to earn your full serve of Avios on every flight – you’ll be amazed at how quickly those Avios add up, especially in business class.

Collect Avios and Qpoints on every Qatar Airways flight.
Collect Avios and Qpoints on every Qatar Airways flight.

(You’ll also be collecting Qpoints, to gain and keep status in Qatar Airways Privilege Club so you can enjoy practical benefits such as lounge access, priority airport check-in and a higher checked luggage allowance.)

Transfer Avios to avoid ‘orphan’ points

You can also earn Avios when travelling on British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling – but in the past, you’ve only been able to use those Avios with those same airlines.

This can lead to the sad situation of ‘orphan points’, where you have small or modest amount of frequent flyer points or miles spread across several airlines – but not enough of those points or miles to do anything with.

Thankfully, you can now move Avios between airline loyalty programs, such as from your British Airways Executive Club to Qatar Airways Privilege Club.

With a direct 1:1 ‘exchange rate’, no fees, no minimum transfer amount or minimum balance, this makes it a snap to combine all your Avios in one place – such as your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account – so that every single Avios can be put to good use.

It's easy to transfer your Avios between airline frequent flyer programs.
It's easy to transfer your Avios between airline frequent flyer programs.

The first step is to link your Avios accounts – head to the Qatar Airways Avios page, log into your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account, then scroll down to click the Link my accounts button.

The all-in-one dashboard of your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account will then display your total Avios balance across both airlines, along with any others that you link.

After that, it’s a simple matter to combine all your Avios into one nominated account.

Earn Avios on Virgin Australia flights soon

Later this year you’ll even be able to earn Avios on Virgin Australia flights, due to the new strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia.

The strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and Virgin Airlines will take wing later this year.
The strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and Virgin Airlines will take wing later this year.

This will make it even easier to steadily grow your Avios balance on domestic Virgin flights, simply by listing your Qatar Airways Privilege Club number against your VA booking.

Each trip will bring that business class upgrade or award flight even closer. And remember, if there aren’t quite enough Avios in your account for that flight, you can select a combination of Cash + Avios as your payment method.

Fly the world’s best business class from Adelaide to Auckland

Most Australians think of Qatar Airways as an airline to take them to all corners of the globe via Qatar Airways’ global network of over 140 destinations.

But for residents of Adelaide, there’s a surprisingly short hop available to New Zealand – and you can make the trip in Qatar Airways’ superb Qsuites business class.

Fly between Adelaide and Auckland in world-class style.
Fly between Adelaide and Auckland in world-class style.

This is because the modern Airbus A350 which darts between Doha and Adelaide continues on to Auckland – then returns to Adelaide and onwards to Doha.

So while a long-haul Qsuite business class flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to London would cost 90,000 Avios as an ‘award’ redemption - which is still excellent value – just 35,000 Avios is required for the luxurious Qsuite experience between Adelaide and Auckland.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Aug 2017

Total posts 73

I signed up for the Qatar Airways Privilege Club earlier in the year, took a Business Class Reward flight using Asia Miles, and still received 5000 Avios! It was very nice of Qatar to give me the Avios even though I'd booked the flight with points from another Frequent Flyer programme.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2016

Total posts 126

That’s a great tip, I have a CX J award in August and the return is with QR

British Airways - Executive Club

06 Apr 2018

Total posts 10

I still struggle to understand the level of enthusiasm of ET to QR adopting Avios. Admittedly the value prop has gotten better post the Virgin partnership but my guess is very few Australians would credit Virgin flights to QR. Id note that this statement is misleading: “ You can also earn Avios when travelling on British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling – but in the past, you’ve only been able to use those Avios with those same airlines.” You have always been able to use Avios on all one world partners and 24 airlines in total with the BA Exec club. 

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 788

Imagine making Avios the newest BitCoin, it has a value, you can buy it, you can use it, it has creditability.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Apr 2016

Total posts 2

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The all-in-one dashboard of your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account will then display your total Avios balance across both airlines, along with any others that you link.

After that, it’s a simple matter to combine all your Avios into one nominated account.

Do you have to choose one nominated account - don't the Avios sit in both accounts indefinitely and you can spend them from either?


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