Qatar and British Airways Announce Reciprocal Frequent Flyer Benefits – Redemptions (Hopefully) Coming Soon

by on September 3, 2013 · 14 comments

in British Airways, Oneworld, Qatar

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Back in October 2012, Oneworld announced that it had invited Qatar Airways to join the alliance, and the airline originally set a date around the first quarter of 2014 for its entry date into Oneworld. However, the transition into the alliance has been going faster than expected, with the establishment of new codeshares including several with American Airlines dating back to March, and the announcement earlier this summer that the Qatar would become an official Oneworld member in October 2013 – so it looks like we’ve only got about a month or so to wait until it’s official.

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However, before the official entry, Qatar Airways announced that its Privilege Club and British Airways’ Executive Club have inked a deal where Qatar’s members can earn miles on British Airways flights starting this week – though they will not earn elite miles/credit until the airline officially joins Oneworld in October. Here is the earning chart.

Though British Airways has not issued a formal announcement, a BA rep confirmed that also starting September 2, British Airways Executive Club members could earn Avios on Qatar flights, and the airline has posted the following earning chart.

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British Airways’ earning chart is more lucrative than Qatar’s.

For now, the official announcement from Qatar goes:

It looks like we’ll still have to wait until October 1 (hopefully!) to redeem Qmiles on British Airways – and even better, to redeem British Airways Avios on Qatar Airways – as well as to earn elite credit with either airline, but at least members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs can start getting credit for flights on both airlines now.

Qatar serves over 120 destinations in 70 countries including a few that Oneworld members currently don’t have access to on the alliance’s network – such as Iran and Rwanda – so this is an exciting new addition. Not to mention the fact that the airline’s hub, Doha, expects to open an enormous new airport with a capacity for 50 million annual passengers, making it another major Middle East hub to join Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

I'd like to try out Qatar's new B787 business class.

I’d like to try out Qatar’s new B787 business class.

I’ve never flown Qatar, but I would like to try out its new Boeing 787 business class – maybe to the Maldives, which can be hard to get to on other carriers – and the airline is a 1:1 transfer partner of the Starwood Preferred Guest program. However, I’m more excited to be able to redeem BA Avios on the airline since it’s a transfer partner of both Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards (though there hasn’t been a transfer bonus in a long time now), which means there will be even more flexibility to use my transferable points to fly another great airline product to even more destinations.

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  • Andrew

    You say there has not been an AMEX MR transfer bonus in a long time. The last one ended June 7th, which was less than 90 days ago. I would not classify that as a long time.

  • BEM

    I have my fingers crossed that the fuel surcharges on BA awards for Qatar will be low!

  • Don

    I’m looking forward to any opportunity to use my Qmiles on any airline other than Qatar. Don’t get me wrong, they are a great airline but trying to use Qmiles on any partner right now is a nightmare.

    I have 120k Qmiles that I’ve been trying to use on USAir. To use Qmiles, you either have to send an email and wait a couple days for them to tell you yes or no (and then award availability has changed) or call them internationally on a toll line in Doha (about $10 for a 10 min call). Even when USAir shows award availability, Qatar’s customer service says they can’t book it because its not a class that they can book. Also, the use on a partner does not include any of USAir’s regional subsidiaries/partners or codeshares.

  • pssteve

    Tried booking DOH-SEZ yesterday only to learn that Qatar terminated service to SEZ effective 9/1/13 .Announced back in June.

  • michaeljapan

    Brian – you’re saying that BA’s chart is more lucrative, but it clearly shows subdivision into four earning schemes (100% for full fare Y and B, 75% for L, M, Q and G, 50% for K, U, H, E and T and only 25% for V and W).

    Too many booking classes so they used references causing some confusion. Just got off the phone with the Executive Club who confirmed that.

  • thepointsguy

    Doh! (No pun intended). Will update. I love the Seychelles..shame

  • thepointsguy

    Everything is relative :-) Agree that was perhaps an overgeneralization.

  • stephanie

    I’m actually in Doha airport on a very long Qatar layover right now. I tried to get the miles put on my ba account, but at my origin Warsaw airport they hadn’t heard anything about this and said it wouldn’t happen till November or next year. But they did note my executive club number. How can I make sure the miles go into my account?

  • joeypore

    bahaha. I laughed out loud on that one.

  • Maxim

    This is awesome! Qatar is a great airlines, especially for those that fly to Middle East and Asia. Excellent service and is what a true airline should be.

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  • Question

    Hey I fly with Qatar airlines in November for a return ticket to Melbourne, Australia. Do you guys think I will earn tier points on this travel given that the oneworld inclusion of Qatar Airlines will start in October?

  • Gautam Sundararajan

    How would we redeem Avios for Qatar – if we search on BAs site, wouldnt it offer us BA routes, for e.g. IAD-Bombay ?

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