Until March 22, 2022, Qatar Airways – a Oneworld Alliance airline – used Qmiles currency in its own Qatar Airways Privilege Club rewards program.
Since March 22, 2022, Qatar Airways has been using the Avios currency.
Avios is now used by these airlines:
- British Airways
- Aer Lingus
- Qatar Airways
Qmiles have been converted at a 1:1 ratio to Avios miles.
Combine your Avios accounts
In Canada, we know Avios as the currency for the British Airways Executive Club. And these are already transferable between British Airways and Iberia through the “Combine my Avios” function (even if the process remains a little complex).
Avios miles can now be transferred from the British Airways Executive Club to the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program. With a process that takes 2 minutes!
Once you are in your Qatar Airways Privilege Club online account, you will be asked to link your account with British Airways Executive Club in 3 steps:
- Select the “Link Accounts” option (you will be directed to British Airways Executive Club)
- Login to your British Airways Executive Club account
- Use your Avios miles!
The link was made instantly and my 282,048 Avios Miles available on the British Airways Executive Club appeared on the Qatar Airways Privilege Club portal!
Then simply click on the “Combine Avios” option to transfer Avios miles from British Airways Executive Club to Qatar Airways Privilege Club.
Then choose the number of Avios miles to transfer. I chose to transfer 100,000.
You will be redirected to British Airways Executive Club for confirmation. And in a matter of seconds, Avios miles were transferred from British Airways Executive Club to Qatar Airways Privilege Club.
Earn Avios Miles
The Qatar Airways Privilege Club program remains the same (and therefore does not adopt the distance-based fare structure we know from the British Airways Executive Club).
A one-way ticket between Montreal (YUL) and Doha (DOH) costs :
- 35,000 Avios miles in economy class
- 70,000 Avios miles in business class (subject to availability)
- 140,000 Avios miles in business class (flexible: “Flexi Awards”)
This especially gives more power to the Avios currency, now used by five airlines.
Usually, you can convert:
- 70,000 American Express Membership Rewards points into 70,000 Avios miles
- 70,000 RBC Rewards points into 70,000 Avios miles
- 175,000 HSBC Rewards points into 70,000 Avios miles
For example, it is common for HSBC to run a points transfer promotion to British Airways Executive Club during the summer.
If you took advantage of the exceptional 130,000 HSBC Rewards points welcome offer on the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®, and a 50% transfer bonus kicks in, you could earn 75,000 Avios miles by converting 125,000 HSBC Rewards points.
That’s enough to get a one-way ticket in a QSuite flight between Montreal and Doha!