Qatar Airways Says Goodbye to Qmiles-Doha News
Qatar Airways Privilege Club has announced that it will replace Qmiles and adopt Avios as its new loyalty point currency...
Qatar Airways will adopt Avios as the point currency from late March, replacing Qmiles. Currently, airline Privilege Club members have earned Qmiles on this program, and point currencies can be redeemed for flights, upgrades and other experiences.
Privilege Club members will be able to earn Avios when flying with Qatar Airways, oneWorld airline partners, and many financial and lifestyle partners.
However, despite saying goodbye to Qmiles, Qatar Airways retains other loyalty currencies. This includes Qpoints to track and determine status, and Qcredits earned by Privilege Club Gold and Platinum members for upgrades, award booking fees, and excess baggage.
What Privilege Club members need to know
- Existing Qmiles balances for all Privilege Club members will be automatically converted to Avios in a 1: 1 ratio by late March.
- After Qmiles is converted to Avios, the expiration date will not change.
- The redemption fee will not change either. Redemption of Privilege Club redemptions will cost the same number of miles, regardless of whether it is Qmiles or Avios.
- Avios is a much larger points program than the Qatar Airways Privilege Club, so there are other ways to earn and redeem Qatar Airways points.
- According to Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club, Avios is “fully transferable between Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club.” Spokesperson..
- The process for Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to get British Airways and Iberia upgrades will be easier.
Avios has a portfolio of partners spanning more than 200 global brands, including American Express, Nectar, Avis Budget Group and Marriott. Currency collection is not limited to travel, but can also be earned from shopping, leisure and financial services.
Of course, Avios is the point currency of International Airlines Group (IAG) airlines, as the currency is owned and controlled by IAG Loyalty. This includes British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling.
In particular, Qatar Airways is IAG’s largest shareholder, and IAG owns each airline that uses Avios as its currency. In early 2020, Qatar Airways announced that it had increased its stake in IAG, increasing its stake from 21.4% to 25%.
Qatar Airways will be the fifth airline to offer currency award programs, expanding Avios’ reach to an additional 35 million frequent flyer services worldwide.
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Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Airways Group, said the transition from Qmiles to Avios was described by loyal members of the airline as “the most compelling loyalty network and the largest portfolio of industry partners.”
Details will be announced as the transition date approaches. For now, travel experts say individuals with Qmiles or Avios are optimistic and expect more revenue and redemption options to come later this year.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club is the official frequent flyer program for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
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